Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
Sunday, April 09, 2017
Just me going for Easter week. Toby is off to grandparents and Jack is, well Jack. So Mum at home to keep Jack in check and feed the pets.
Good drive down to the port although I could see it will be hazy on the channel. Yesterday I flew my microlight to Damyns Hall near Dartford Crossing and it was very hazy until late afternoon so I expect the same today - not much fun flying when you can't see much in front of you. I'm sure the ferry captain will have GPS and Radar to ensure we don't run into anything on the way.
Despite thinking that there is not much to take to France the car is completely full !
Bringing over a new freezer, flatscreen TV, a big pile of laminate flooring and more tiles and trim to complete tiling the downstairs bathroom.
Not a quiet week ahead of me then ...
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
What do you think, clever idea or not?
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Should have gone in September and then October but too much work on and so its ended up mid November by the time I've been able to get away.
And its still not great time for work so suspect I will end up making a few conference calls from France during my week "off" :-(
As its just me going (Liz is at home and the boys are at school and college) I've taken the opportunity to take as much stuff as I can do.
In the very full car are two new single bed matresses, a dishwasher, washing machine, swimming pool sand filter, 12m of swimming pool pipes, lots of pipe joints, a shower tray, shower screen, boxes of tiles, tile cutter, and quite a lot of tools and bits and pieces.
Plan for the week is to put a new shower cubicle in, fit an extractor fan to the bathroom and plumb in a new swimming pool.
Hopefully I will get some rest !
Monday, April 04, 2016
Some things are sometimes more of a challenge than they need to be.
About 5 years ago we had a new oil boiler installed at the Gite that runs the hot water and central heating.
All was fine until we accidentally ran out of oil and the muck in the bottom of the oil tank got pulled through into the boiler and it spat some black smoke out as a result.
The plumber who installed the boiler advised me of a local company in Rohan who could service it and so I logged a 'please contact me to come and clean the boiler' request on their website for when I was next coming to France.
They never phoned nor emailed me so the following time I came over to France I tried again via the website, but again no response.
This time when we arrived at the Gite I noticed that there the boiler was blowing out more black sooty smoke that was deposited all up the outside wall.
This time I avoided the electronic 'contact me' and drove over to their shop to book an engineer visit.
Yes I was told, would be probably Thursday, but the technician would phone to confirm.
By the end of Wednesday after having had no phone call I went back to the shop to confirm the appointment.
No, not Thursday, but would be Friday at 2pm. Definitely.
And here he is, the technician arrived as promised on Friday, the boiler was very thoroughly cleaned out, a new nozzle fitted and it's all running perfectly.
What a hassle though.