Dordogne Damsel

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Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: Today at 07:23

Thank you all. 😁

I really appreciate all your good wishes, it's been so difficult the last few months but that's all behind me now. The waiting for French bureaucracy to do whatever it was supposed to do Incredibly frustrating but at last I am in control of my own destiny. 😊

Next week I am off to Bordeaux to Ikea, the nearest one, to buy cutlery, tables and chairs and kitchen equipment. Hardest thing to find so far are English teacups, it might need a trip to UK. 😊

The first job at the house is to make a terrace for the outdoor eating area, large tiles are looking like the best option at the moment, based on a tight budget and the need for a flat easy to clean surface. I need an awning too and am looking at the sail things but also the roller kind, so many decisions but such a tight budget, prioritising important but I think lots of tubs of flowers will hide a lot of flaws. 🌸🌼🌹

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: Yesterday at 20:13

Apologies all for being absent, the last few weeks have been a complete rollercoaster ride. I did manage a week in the Algarve to brace myself for what's ahead and now it's official - the deal is done, Château de Gateau is going to happen, aiming for opening on the 3 rd July. 😁

Can't wait to get started and will keep you all posted, with before and after pictures. So excited, but also still in shock, there were times when I thought it would never happen. 

Garden is priority for the moment. Thanks for everyone's support. 😊  

Watch this space. 😁😁😁😁

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 08:48

Found a picture to give you an idea.  Might start an ideas/ before after thread so I don't bore the pants off anyone that has no idea / interest in what I am talking about. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 29/04/2017 at 08:35

Morning all, everyone is busy, I can't wait to be joining you all again, this twiddling around thinking about it is very frustrating. At least now I believe it's going to happen rather than wondering if it might. So difficult to stay on the right side of positive without being over confidant and jumping the gun as it were. 

At the moment I am trying to think of the best material at the cheapest price of course to make a flat terrace. I am leaning towards decking, although not my favourite, but because of ease and cheapness. Any ideas? It is for the outdoor tables, there is a slight slope that I think decking can fix, but I am open to any other ideas. It's not a massive area long and thin and there is a concrete base under some gravel and a few weeds which can easily be dealt with. Money is very tight, especially if I end up giving the extra 10,000€ but it is an essential need to operate at full capacity.  Grateful for any ideas. 

Have a lovely week end all, I am off to the signwriters to get another quote for another essential, and so it goes on. Luckily, I know enough gardeners to get my plants and seeds for free. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 19:42

Evening all,

Dare I say it, I think they might be going to give me the money.  

Very nice man, determined to get it past next man, thinks it will be a huge success and loves my numbers. Sent me back to the estate agents to alter a little anomaly so he can give me more money and he putting all his effort into getting me the money asap. He even offered to get me 6 months without paying the mortgage to start off but I don't want that, I prefer to get on with it. Fingers crossed for the next man up the ladder, but this time I really do believe it will get through.  It's Charlie's favourite bank too because they won the Vendee Globe Race. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 28/04/2017 at 12:09

Hello All,

Welcome Kayleigh, sounds an exciting project, the garden and the little one. 

Sorry to hear about your pain Hosta, doesn't sound good, hope they solve the problem for you once they decide what it is. 

I am twiddling my thumbs in-between bank appointments (nervously). Good news is the one this morning said yes - bad news, they want me to find 10,000€ more than I have got.  They do love the project though and I can go back and discuss other options so I am not too downhearted. I could borrow the extra money but it could put a strain on things so I am not keen on that idea. 

The bank this afternoon has been my favourite so all is focused on that now. I really hope they will be a bit less cautious. I have so many graphs and things to prove my case  and I have been very conservative, I am positive it will be fine, I just need them to trust me now. 

I will have a coffee with you Dove thanks, might calm my nerves a bit, shame there isn't a decent tea room anywhere around here to have a piece of cake with it.

Again, thanks to all kind wishes from everyone, at the end of this battle I think I might have to organise a 'virtual party' for us all. We have been on a rollercoaster ride together haven't we. 

Have a good afternoon all and I do hope to be participating in the forum more frequently soon, I am going to need lots of seeds and cuttings when I get this house, much more important than 10,000€.


Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 26/04/2017 at 13:27

Hello all, just a quick pop in again. I've been working really hard to rewrite my spreadsheets to take to two banks on Friday. Also been collecting all sorts of detailed information about demographics of the area, not easy when France guards personal information so carefully, even the censuses don't ask about race (l'm trying to prove there are plenty of English here). These are the details the other bank doubted so hopefully the next ones will trust me. I've worked out I only need 4 people per hour to have a tea or coffee to make a comfortable profit. It'd not a lot to ask is it?

Anyway, all prepared (again) just need to get it all printed off again now. 

Hopefully I'll be more sociable soon.

Best wishes to you all. 😊😊😊

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 15:40

Thanks Hosta, determined to get this sorted and not crumble at this point, so very close. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 15:27

Hello all, 

Bad news I'm afraid the bank have said no, I think the poor lady who saw me last week was more upset than me. 😏

So close but not quite, but I'm off to the next bank on the list with more insight than before on the sticking points. 

I'll keep you all informed and hope you are well. Back to the spreadsheets for me now. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 17:35

Hello all, 

Hope you have all had a nice Easter. Lovely weather here, although a chilly wind today. 

I've spent the weekend planning, thinking and writing lists about Chateau de Gateau, hoping that a positive mind set will bring positive results. 😊

 I was going to add some pics for you all but think I should wait a few more days until the bank definitely say yes, I don't want you all disappointed as well. 😏

I've looked at the garden again today and can see such promise for a tea room garden. Please all keep sending positive vibes across the channel (or down south a bit Obélixx and across this way Pat). 😁

Took Charlie for a bike ride and picnic yesterday, had a super time, he has so many plans for this enterprise, bless him. 😇 nice to enjoy the sun and be looking forward. 


Have a good evening all, try not to think too much about politics, I'll keep you all posted. 😊😊😊

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