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Sunday, August 02, 2015

France Profond and All Is as It Should Be -- finally!

It is a very long drive from Southport to the Lot. We left on July 8th and arrived here on the 10th. The house was in its usual state -- lots of dust and spiders. Nothing unusual -- that is until there was a 'bang' of sorts and the electricity went off. After a short investigation The Man got us re connected and we are still nome the wiser as to what happened..

The result of this scare, however were frayed tempers resulting in The Broad storming out in 38C heat to walk to the village shop to by tomatoes-- which I had forgotten to by earlier.

The next day all was much calmer and necessary apologies were made or I would have stayed on my high horse and time was not to be wasted ...

Alors ... time could not be wasted because we had a family of five coming to stay for 4 days in less than a weeks time. Fortunately, the grass had been  cut  and the terrace had been successfully treated to stay clean so all The Man had to do was get the swimming pool up and filled with water.

Ha! We arrived on Friday. The Man had set aside Sunday to set up the pool. Sunday came and with great anticipation he began the task. From the terrace I heard a sudden anguished "OH, NO"!!!  Upon opening out the pool he discovered to his absolute horror that mice had ingested much of the bottom with giant Swiss cheese effect...

Ho, hum... the discovery on Sunday in La France Profond meant that  a replacement pool woul have to wait until the next day. Fortunately, we found another pool the next day. It was even bigger that the one the mice ate. 18 feet across instead of 15 and 4 feet deep instead of 3.5.but of course that presented us with problems we hadn't anticipated...

In the meantime I was fighting  my yearly battle to get some kind of
Internet connection. Before we left England for France I  learned that I mcould get a pay-as-you-go connection with Three -- 10 gigabytes for £15 per month and that I would pay the same amount while in France. I have a little mobile router that enables me to do this,  but when I got here I could not get connected! Needless to say I was not very happy about that.

Then we tried to get the TV up and running. A good friend was coming to watch the Wimbleton Final. The reception kept breaking up. In fact it was just impossible to watch. Then we discovered that we could not receive any of the BBC channels! We know that we are on the edge of the 'foot print' but last year we were fine.

Anyway we were not fine now and The Man had two theories. The first being that the decoding box was old and had been playing up for some time. To that end he had our son get us a new satellite box and give it to the family coming to stay with us in a few days time. His second theory was that we needed to invest in a larger satellite dish...

In the meantime back at the pool, which was hour after hour after even more hours filling with water. This pool took a lot more than the mouse-ingested pool! And we were about to discover that having the groung absolutely level is very very important. .

23 comments:

  1. Perhaps life should have periods of intensity; so much to savor and enjoy later, in moments of tranquility and repose.

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  2. It would be nice to be rich and just have people do all this stuff for you before you arrive.

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    1. At least we can afford to have the grass cut. At one time The Man insisted on doing it himself!

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  3. Sounds like a lot of work to fill that pool. Wish I was there to jump in. It will probably reach a hundred here in Portland, again, and people are going crazy.

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    1. It's not as it should be -- but it does cool us off when the occasion merits -- like later today, maybe!

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  4. Yikes! One thing after another. Apparently you got some kind of connection, hence this post. :-)

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    1. Yes, not to mention I had a few problems remembering how the Blogger app works!

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  5. I have become tired and frustrated just reading of all your problems. Is this supposed to be a holiday for you as well???

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    1. Yes, for me as well. But as explained in a later post I "did meeself an injury" and have been limping around moaning a lot!

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  6. What a tough start to what I hope will be a lovely holiday for you! I'm sure it will be wonderful once everything is resolved and up and running.

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    1. At the moment all is hunky-dory!

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  7. This house in France doesn't sound the most relaxing of places!!

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    1. Coming and going is a lot of work! By the time I get back to the UK I am definitely ready for a long hibernation!

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  8. 'These things come to try us' and don't they just. Permission to swear - granted.

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  9. Hopefully all just teething problems.

    Can't wait for the next instalment...

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    1. It was as if we under a little cloud that just kept following us around! Thankfully, the sky has cleared!

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  10. Oh dear, hope all gets sorted out soon!

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    1. All is now quite well. Thanks, Vera...

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    2. All is now quite well. Thanks, Vera...

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  11. I hope all is well now and since I see no other post, I will leave a comment here regarding guns too. I am in agreement with you that gun laws and gun ownership and murder and mayhem with guns in America are out of control. Any reasonable person would see that, I think. I just don't want to get into all that on my blog, but I have felt less secure and more vulnerable after that guy came so close.

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  12. Oh, gosh. I'm used to the spiders and dust, but big bangs are not part of the deal. We too had mice (for the first time) but they only ate cushions, not the pool! I do hope things improved...

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