Apologies it has been so long since I last posted. No good excuse really!
Gite number two is finished and occupied as I type! The third Gite is well under way. Having had a very slow start to the season this year we have ended up with 17 1/2 weeks of bookings, which is really good. With the loss of money due to the dreadful exchange rate we need 20 weeks each year across the three Gites. Hopefully this is possible next year. We have no control over either the bookings or the exchange rate!
I have found a company that brings shopping from an English supermarket. My first order will arrive on Friday. By doing this I do not have to change my money into Euros so do not suffer the hit. Also food prices are much cheaper than here. I am aware that brexit could put an end to this but for now will enjoy cheddar cheese and proper veggie burgers once more!For example the bread flour I buy here is 3.65 euro for 1.5 kgs. In Tesco it is 65p for the same amount! No contest!
Money is never in abundance here so we are always looking for ways to save!
Our lone chick looks like being a girl which is very good news|! She is now independent, fully feathered and growing fast. A few more weeks should see her lay her first egg!
This week we are very busy with both Gites occupied and my brother and sister in law in our spare room! Good practice for having three Gites filled. We currently have six cars parked at the front!
Apples are coming in now and I have processed loads. It is all now puree and either frozen or bottled ready to give us puds in the winter.
I am getting on well with the latest crochet blanket as I am keen to start the next one!
In just over two weeks I start my dental treatment. Two long sessions to do a fixed bridge at a ridiculous price. about half will be paid by the French government and our top up insurance. I am not looking forward to it!
My other news is I have finally decided to stop colouring my hair. I have spoken to my hairdresser who is going to help me change over gradually so I do not look a mess! I have been thinking about this for some time and feel the time has come! It will be a difficult process but at least I can change my mind if it really does not feel right.
I have lived in France for almost eight years now. In that time I have gradually simplified my life and worked at improving my carbon footprint. On a world scale there is little I can do but I can make a difference in my corner. I welcome comments but would ask all to maintain the peace that I work hard at promoting.