Tuesday, 19 May 2009
And there we were – moving into our new home!
Next to Laika it looked rather small and I was convinced that it wasn’t big enough to hold all the camping van stuff – especially the books!
It took me all day to unpack the van while John swept out the rooms and fought with the spider webs and pigeon and mouse dirt and mould but we did it and the place looked a mess but could be lived in except that it was bitterly cold!
Spring turned out to be very wet and miserable and the house extremely cold. ‘Withnail-bitingly cold and I frozen”. It is stone and had been empty and shut up for thirteen years. It was weeks before the temperature inside moved up to double figures. We had electricity but so little amperage that we could use one radiator at a time without tripping the main fuse.
There was no hot water.
For over a week we bathed in a saucepan those needy bits of us that we felt could be exposed enough to risk pneumonia.
So no warm south for us for a while then.
It had been warmer on the campsite outside the van!
WHAT WE DID IN ENGLAND WHILE WE WAITED.
It was all a bit of a blur!
It was packed with old and dear friends (as well as some cheap old ones John says) and family as well as all that essential business and administrative stuff and swine flu jabs.
The camera didn’t catch up with us and neither did we!
If you aren’t represented here it may be that you weren’t blurred enough snapshots being what they often are.
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
This is where (and how) we lived while waiting.
We went to an agricultural show so that John could learn how to be a farmer.
We went to an Occitan concert so that John could find a choir to join.
It was John’s birthday – as you can see he takes champagne very seriously.
We went skiing so that we could have something to do in our long days of leisure and retirement. This was a birthday present for John. The ski slopes are about an hour and a half from our new home.
We waited at cafés.
John cycled to Lourdes
We cycled around looking at the storm damage near our soon –to-be village.
So here are the photos.