November 6, 2010

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE

I feel a bit like this scarecrow at the moment, waving my arms around in frantic activity but getting nowhere fast.
(Looking at all those beautiful flowers, it's hard to believe this photo was taken on Grande Rue on the 20th October.)



The decorating disaster that has caused us no end of aggravation since the beginning of September is now resolved and we have a beautifully repaired and restored wood floor in our UK house. All we have to do now is put all the furniture back, clean up and get on with our lives. We have been upside down for three months and it's good to be getting back to normal.



I still have lots to tell about our recent trip to Le Grand-Pressigny but it will have to wait a while.


I'll be rushing back to the blog as soon as I can. In the meantime, I will be keeping an eye on all my favourite blogs as usual.

23 comments:

  1. Love the scarecrow. Take care and have a good weekend. Diane

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  2. So glad to hear that order is beginning to return to your chaos.

    Love the picture of the well-dressed scarecrow, and of Lulu running to greet you.

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  3. Rob - thank you. Living in a chaotic mess, where you can't find anything, and even if you knew where it is, can't get to it, is the sort of thing a person can only stand for so long. I was nearing the end of my tether !!

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  4. We had to move out of our house for a week when they refinished the floors.
    A smiling standard poodle always brightens the day. Lulu looks great!

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  5. Gordy and Georgie - that was the whole idea. The floor was done while we were away on holiday at the end of August. We moved all our stuff out in the middle of August to make way for the work to be done.

    Unfortunately the guy ruined it. He used an industrial sander that bounced across it leaving ridges all over it. Then he decided the varnish wouldn't work so he put teak oil on it, which changed its colour completely and looked absolutely awful.

    We have had to wait until now for someone reliable to fix it.

    But you're right - Lulu's happy disposition and regular need for fresh air helped us through it !!

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  6. We have a day of dust coming up tomorrow and are taking the opportunity to visit Ken and Walt as a result. The dust and the upheaval is wearing distinctly thin here. Only a month more of it though, then we have a bit of a respite.

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  7. Susan - upheaval is more stressful than I realised. Now that it's coming to and end I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I could never tackle anything like your project !!

    Have a great day with Ken and Walt - unfortunately we missed our rendezvous with them in October due to the fuel shortage, which is a shame.

    I hope you enjoy your respite !!

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  8. Enjoy your time away. Hurry back!

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  9. Hi, Jean. An afterthought, from Sir Edmund Burke. "There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue."

    Didn't know whether you were familiar with that comment.

    Best, amidst the chaos.

    Bear hugs from Canada.

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  10. Dedene - it sounds rather lame but I am really enjoying my cleaning up and clearing out. A sort of late spring cleaning. Definitely good for the soul, and the prospect of having my whole house clean, tidy and functional again is just heaven.

    Rob - moderation is good in everything, indeed !!

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  11. 'Courage!!' (as they say i French)on the cleaning and clearing out! I'm sending you some virtual energy and moral support!

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  12. Hi Jean,
    The floor looks great in Lulu's blog, and the sanding and varnishing have brought out the range of colours in the wood. The extra effort to repair the damage done by your first decorator will have been worthwhile.
    I always think of the clearing up at the end as the 'last lap'. When it is done you can relax until the next project comes along.

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  13. Martine - thank you, I need every ounce of extra energy I can get !!

    Gaynor - I'm still in "never again" mode at the moment.

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  14. Glad you got the floor fixed. That must feel good. After all the work we had done this year, Walt's sore neck, and my sprained ankle, I can understand your situation. See you soon I hope. We had a nice afternoon with S & S.

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  15. Ken - you're right, it feels great. I was so upset when it was ruined that now I can't stop myself from admiring it, even stroking it occasionally. Daft, I know but I'm just so relieved that it's fixed......and that we didn't have to have a new floor !!

    I hope we can catch up with you at Christmas time.

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  16. Happy Birthday, Nick!

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  17. Gaynor - waking up to water pouring through the bedroom ceiling was definitely not the best start to a birthday.

    We have a temporary fix - roofing felt nailed unglamorously to the bit of flat roof above the bay window, pending the arrival of scaffolding and new lead, etc.

    There's allus summat !!.....

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  18. You probably won't see the funny side of the saying 'it never rains but it pours'.............Hope you get it properly sorted soon.

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  19. Just to let you know that the weather here is terrible... and Magdalene's "wouldn't scare a sparrow" [first picture]is all tucked away in the shed beneath the wall opposite the Spar.

    The are you Human word is "retherns" - many happy misspelt ones Nick.

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  20. Gaynor - the funny side was rather elusive on the day but we hope to get it fixed this coming week.

    Tim - Nick says thanks for his birthday wishes. He had a nice day in the end, with a meal at one of our favourite local restaurants.

    I wondered how long the scarecrow would stay out there. She's hardly dressed for a Loire winter.

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  21. Jean, Sorry read about the 'water problem'. I know just how you feel!:) At least you know where it is coming from and how to get it fixed. Nevertheless, it remains very umpleasant, especially when it happens early in the morning and it is your birthday. Belated birthday wishes to Nick! Martine

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  22. Martine - thanks from Nick!
    Have I missed any news about your damp problem? Has there been any progress?

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