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A Merry Christmas to all our Readers

December 24, 2012

The electrics were completed and in the process we discovered one of the fluorescent tubes had burned out in the work room. After visiting two or three hardware stores and an electrical wholesaler it turns out the tube is no longer available – some strange end fitting apparently. So we’re leaving it with one tube and if that burns out we’ll have to buy a new fitting; it can wait for now.

Geoff came on Monday as planned and painted all the walls in the stairway and lobby leading to the sous-sol – this has made a big difference and it is no longer the untidy black hole it was. He has given us a quote for repainting the front door but we are still discussing that, it really needs a new door but funds are a bit low right now. We’ve also put off redecorating the kitchen until the New Year as well.

The sausages and bacon arrived as planned on Tuesday right before the planned local power outage. Just love EDF’s sense of timing – no power at 08:30 on almost the shortest day of the year; it’s still dark at 8:30! Finally came back on about 12:00 by which time the house had really cooled down and we were contemplating lighting the fire. The weather forecast is turning very wet and windy so much so that our gardener could not come and the garden is much too wet to do anything. All our cuttings appear to have taken so spring should be nice if it ever gets here.

Peter & Jenny are back in France and we went to lunch on Friday at the local “workers” restaurant we use. Unbeknown to us they were having the “repas de noel” which meant there was only one set menu – smoked salmon followed by a pate followed by leg of charpon followed by ice cream desert and coffee. Including wine, €11.50 per head. Unfortunately June wasn’t too well at the end of it so we returned home quickly and got her to bed, no lasting problem though.

Saturday was pretty much a rest day, just finishing the Christmas decorations (never finish) and laying tables etc. Sunday I went to collect the turkey and discovered they didn’t have the size we wanted (4.5kg); the biggest was just 3.2kg but we decided that was enough. Then we started on making brandy butter and June making mince pies. I know our oven can be difficult to regulate but I wasn’t expecting it to blow all the breakers when I opened the door. I reset it all and reset the clock (without which it will not function) and all appeared to be OK. This is the second time it has suddenly shut everything down so I guess I’ll have to call them. The call was pleasantly easy while talking to the retailer and confirming my warranty – then he said I had to call the manufacturer. I did and discovered they are closed ‘til after Christmas 😦

Anyway we spent a usually hectic Christmas Eve making the sausage rolls, stuffing the turkey and trying to be ready in time for the evening G&T. It wasn’t helped by the oven blowing the main breaker again but now I know what is going on it was easily and quickly remedied. All critical time cooking is now done, just the turkey to do so I’m hoping we can get through this.

Merry Christmas



David & June

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Cindy permalink
    December 24, 2012 18:26

    Merry Christmas, David and June. Thanks for the interesting blogs about your house.

    • December 25, 2012 11:52

      Merry Christmas Cindy, it’s been an interesting year 🙂

  2. December 27, 2012 22:23

    Belated Christmas wishes and I hope June is feeling better. we have just arrived back in France and will be back to blogging very soon 🙂

    • December 28, 2012 09:21

      Welcome back, be nice to hear what you have been up to 🙂
      June is better thanks, no big worries.

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