Since we came back June 28th ( I know the date, I got two speeding tickets in the mail), it's been a french whirlwind for us really. The house was/is still under improvement, though we made huge steps forward, there is still work to be done.
Every day there is something popping up. Sometimes good, sometimes not so good. No counter tops until September, the fabricator is booked for the next two weeks, then goes on his holiday for the rest of August. Apparently some myths are true. France & August = nothing gets done.
But on the positive, major progress with washer & dryer, dishwasher, stove and fridge all installed and hooked up, we can start to cook and enjoy what the season has to offer here.
We hit a small farmers' market yesterday just outside of town and bought some fruits, vegetables and meats. The melon is the standout, let me tell you. I have not had a fruit with that much aroma in a long time.
Victoria, who does not share my passion for Les Saucissons, actually really enjoyed yesterday's find, a chicken sausage. She may come around eventually.
We also had the first shower and bath tub installed, so we don't smell as bad as the first three nights, when we did not even have mattresses yet.
The TV is hooked up, compliments to Orange (like Telus) for guiding me through the whole process in French with a lot of patience and only telling me at the end that there is a help line in English.....
Their call center is located in Tunisia and the operator was excellent.
We bought some more vintage items for the house, hung out at the bar next door to meet some locals, so life in France is coming together.
Not even finished with the main house just yet, we are already mulling over plans for the rental space on the ground floor, Lauren created a splash page and we are firm with sticking to our goal for being ready by March 15th. Then you all got a place to stay and enjoy Victoria's gluten free cooking and baking.
But today, there is nothing on the schedule. Just the beach. In Royan. About 72 km straight west, we will spend the day in the town where I first discovered this region in 1984. I worked there for one glorious summer.
Great beaches, fantastic seafood, it will be a nice day off.
TO THE BEACH TODAY!
GF PATISSERIE ALREADY MOVED IN
BASIL & PEACHES, READY TO COOK
ORANGE TV. FRENCH ONLY. NEED TO LEARN LANGUAGE.
ANOTHER ROOM CLEANED UP, READY FOR MOVING IN
WASHING MACHINE HOOKED UP
WINE! OF COURSE
FROM THE MARKET
WE CAN COOK!
A VINTAGE FIND FOR THE KITCHEN
RIGHT NEXT DOOR