25 December 2022
23 December 2022
OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
22 December 2022
There is never a shortage of jobs with an old house.
The gate was causing us trouble. The gatepost on the right was gradually falling outwards which meant the gates didn't meet in the middle properly and the electric opening mechanism often wouldn't work. They also needed painting and the thought of spending a whole week painting a pair of tatty old gates did not appeal!
We spoke to the builder and plans were made to have a new gate and gateposts. It would be half a metre wider which would make turning in easier, especially for delivery vans and builders lorries, of which we seemed to need more than we ever thought!
Meanwhile, back in the UK, my brother was still in intensive care.
21 December 2022
There was entertainment in the village square on warm evenings.
Our tomato plants managed to produce a few fruits in spite of the heat waves and drought.
With our visas due to expire on a date in early September we had to be out of the country on that day. Our plan was to leave France in the third week of August and return in mid September, using the rest of our 180 days with the Schengen rules. Brexit had made life very complicated.
We also planned that my brother would join us in September for his first holiday in three years. September is a lovely month to be chez nous. In the middle of August he was having symptoms that suggested he might have Covid. It turned out to be a pulmonary embolism instead and he was admitted to hospital.
After a truly horrendous journey back to the UK on 21st August, taking nineteen hours, we arrived home at 6.30am. Two hours later we had a phone call from a doctor at the hospital to say that my brother was now in intensive care.
20 December 2022
19 December 2022
18 December 2022
I made a coconut and lemon cake for an event at the Salle des Fêtes, handed it over and left in a hurry, dashing home to make plans for my early return to the UK. I flew back to the UK on 31st May.