Friday, August 21, 2015

and All Is as It Should Be -- More or Less

So when I last wrote we were about to be beseiged by guests, had no television and the Internet had failed. Oh and we were in the midst of filling the new pool that was replacing the one the  mice had eaten...

For two days we filled the pool with  the garden  hose. The Man  was taking a well-deserved nap and I had come to the terrace with a cup of.  tea and a slice of cake. "Oh my" I  thought to myself, " that pool seems to be bulging out a bit. I will call Him when I  finish  my  tea?" Suddenly mid-bite I heard the sound of a wave breaking a few yards away from my back!

I screamed loudly for the Man that the wall of the pool had collapsed. Indeed, I thought the thing would be empty by the time He arrived. It wasn't but had lost more than half the water! Using brooms and logs as wedging/support devices we have been able to secure the wall enough to fill the pool with about 20 inches of water -- far short of the 4 feet it is  supposed to hold, but enough to entertain the three girls when they were here and to cool off ourselves on some very hot days.
This all because The Man did not adequately level off the ground when setting up to fill. We know for next year, provided something doesn't eat it!

Our guests arrived and brought with them a new satellite  box. And I  am happy  to  report that we are now able to receive our daily injections of British television. The problem seems to have been that our television is not HD and so the signal came through all mangled looking and pixelated. The new box has two selections for each channel -- one HD and the other not. So that problem was gratefully and rather easily solved!

The Internet, is more or less working. I contacted 03 and explained that their roaming card did not work on my mobile router. After many hours on the phone they said they would continue to  have their  engineers working on it and would be back in touch with me. It had been necessary for them to make a few changes to the settings on my account, which I thought had been made before I left the UK. The problem I now have is with the connection in this part of rural France not being totally dependable except for  the  wee hours of the morning and now and then the rest of  the  time. So for example I will be able to publish this fairly easily as long as I don't try to publish pictures. (Thank goodness for friends with a splendid Internet  connection!)

My last annoyance came shortly after our guests arrived on the 19th of July. I was seated in the blue chair above. It is very low on the ground and when I  tried to get up I felt  an excruciating pain along the outside of my thigh. It is now the 21st of  August and this week for the first time all symptoms of pain and discomfort have gone! I can now climb up and down stairs, get out of bed, get out of chairs, in and out of the car and even up off the ground -- and it is painless!

And now I have real problems to think about -- such as family in South Korea with that thug in the North threatening war. And I really do worry about the thousands of refugees trying so hard to escape murder and mayhem with their families and nowhere to find a safe harbour. If only my little worries and annoyances were all anyone had to cope with...


  1. Glad your leg has healed, and hope it does not give you any more trouble.

  2. I asked for a chair with a back at the hair salon last night, to wait for my granddaughter. I am far past anything low slung or backless.
    I hope all goes well for your son and daughter-in-law in Korea.

  3. Ouch, that sounds very painful :( I too cannot sit on low chairs or the ground nowadays. Glad your TV was sorted and the pool worked after a fashion, though the unreliable internet must be a nuisance. Here we don't have TV at all, but at least our broadband is decent.

  4. Well at least your pain has gone! Now you can enjoy yourself, hopefully not worrying too much.

  5. I am also glad your pain has subsided. My own hip pain is better, too. But every time I turn on the news and hear about another crisis in the world, I get really discouraged. It's all over the news right now about Korea. Sigh. And my beautiful state of Washington is on fire. :-(

  6. The Korean peninsula id certainly a ticking time bomb but I expect this is just the usual saber rattling. I'm thinking positive thoughts for the safety of your family.

  7. Yes - I often think I spend a lot of time thinking about my petty little problems and all the while there are mothers and babies with little except the clothes they are wearing - and they have nowhere to go - nobody wants them and the place they have left is too terrifying to return to even if they had enough money.
    And the traffickers go free with enormous sums of money they have made from it all.

  8. Small problems pale into insignificance when set against health issues and the safety of family (and other innocent citizens). However, glad that you have been able to sort things.

  9. You know, when I was young, I thought the world was going to get better. I guess I thought more and more people would become civilized and realize that wars really are not necessary. Instead it seems to get worse and worse. North Korea is not a country I would want to live next door to. Very scary.

  10. Ooops things sound like that have not been easy and now the worry of family in countries that are not as safe as they were. Take it easy and I hope all comes well Diane


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