Running a French Holiday Gite in Rural Brittany

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Been 'Gite shopping' again

The pile of things in the garage that's destined to go over to France is growing a little bigger as I've been shopping again ...

Last week I popped into Ikea in Leeds enroute home from my Dad's, not only to buy a coffee and a hot dog [Image], but also to buy some metal hooks for the hanging rails where all the pots, pans and kitchen utensils are in our Gite kitchen. I've been meaning to buy some more hooks for about a year now so pleased I have finally managed to tick it off the to do list.

Whilst wandering round a car boot sale on Sunday I saw a lovely little oak table that I decided would be just perfect as a bedside table in the second Gite. I love the look of natural wood furniture, I think it fits well in the Gite with its exposed beams and simple "country" decor, so most of the bedside tables, wardrobes and chests of drawers have been acquired in this way.
It was only £4 so I had an enjoyable afternoon sanding and wire-wooling it down before applying a couple of coats of beeswax polish. Looks lovely now.

Also at the car boot sale I picked up a new coffee percolator as the one in the Gite has suffered an accident and so we've had to put out the replacement from the second house. It's always the same things that seem to suffer from breakages so I try to keep one step ahead by buying a spare coffee machine in case one gets broken.

Another thing that seems to die with roughly annual frequency is the pump for the swimming pool. The guests currently in the Gite texted me on Sunday to tell me that the pump isn't "making any kind of noise". After eliminating the obvious ideas like checking that the electricity hadn't tripped out, it now does look like the pump's gone to the great pump heaven in the sky so I've asked our agents to pop over and get a replacement pump out for the guests.
Fortunately I already have another spare pump in the garage in the UK, but I've started looking on ebay to buy yet another one now so that we've a replacement for the replacement!

I'm waiting for Mr Postie to deliver me some new bike pedals courtesy of ebay, well admittedly they're not new, but they're new to me, and I need them as the last piece of my repair work on one of the Kids bikes that I brought back from France to repair.

PS: Toby has just put a wet cup down on the newly sanded and polished bedside table that I'd put in the conservatory after I'd finished it. It's now got a lovely circular ring mark on the polish so will have to be sanded down and re-polished again.


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