Monday, October 11, 2010

Fait Accompli!!

And it feels a little strange. It is hard to get over the feeling that I am not on holiday and that this is my life now.

As expected it was a very emotional few days, in fact I must admit to feeling a little panicked as the minutes ticked away. But I got my goodbyes and tears done and here I am.

The mission with the dog went a lot smoother than expected, although, as I thought, it is actually IMPOSSIBLE to move between Terminals 3 and 2 at Charles de Gaulle with more than 2 suitcases etc. as it is forbidden to take the baggage cart/trolley/chariot from one terminal to another!! I thought these items were for the convenience of the passengers - apparently not. So I did have to wait for my son in the station between the two terminals so we could take everything off the cart and carry it down in the elevator and get the shuttle train. This was the biggest hurdle in the whole proceedings and why I could not possibly have done it alone. There doesn't appear to be such a thing as a porter at CDG. Anyway it was done and we made it safely down to the house.

My son who works in a nightclub in London had worked til 4am and gone straight to the airport, whilst I had managed to get a little sleep on the plane, so between the two of us we almost made one functioning human being.

The drive down although long due to exhaustion was glorious due to the fabulous weather we are experiencing here. We have had a bit of rain over the last couple of days but Saturday the temperature was in the high 20's. Perfect for lazing about which I intend to do a fair bit of over the next few days, I feel I am entitled after the last few very stressful weeks!

Our son as always is very handy and helpful and yesterday we spent a couple of hours dragging a couple of trees which had fallen over the river back on to our land by chain sawing them into more manageable size pieces. Still no good for the fire yet as very green wood, but in a year or so....

As so life in rural France begins.


Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Welcome to France, may your stay here be a long and happy one. You are lucky your son was there to help and there were no strikes!! My husband flies in on Thursday, and I hope the predicted strike tomorrow (Tuesday) does not extend any further.

Enjoy and relax for a few days while the weather is good.

Nora said...

What a hassle with the luggage between terminals. How is a person supposed to manage? The system does not sound logical at all. I'm glad you had your son there to help you. That was very smart thinking.

And now you live in France! How about that? You are on the same continent as I am. I hope it will feel like home soon and that you will get your cottage to your liking in no time. Enjoy the nice weather. It is good here too.

FlowerLady said...

Enjoy this new episode in your life. It really sounds wonderful, and I look forward to reading all about it here.


Maggie May said...

Wishing you much joy in France and many family visitors.
maggie X

Nuts in May

softinthehead said...

Thanks ladies for all your supportive comments. Every once in a while the enormity of what we have done hits me. But I am managing to keep busy :) Thank goodness for Skype!!