Dordogne Damsel

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Posted: Today at 08:47

Good morning all,

So, here I am, sat at my own dining table, in my own little house enjoying breakfast, coffee and catching up on the days news on the computer in perfect peace and harmony (well Charlie has discovered Talking Books so the dulcet tones of Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter are echoing slightly away in the background) but so happy at last to not be dashing off to work somewhere or other.

Didn't think it was ever going to happen, the last few weeks have been incredibly difficult, physically and emotionally, so many complications and hurdles to overcome, I'm pretty sure there will be more to come too, but for now I have a day off (a whole one) and I am going to potter around cleaning my little house, cook a proper dinner and I might just spend the rest of it sitting in the garden. 

WW, congratulations on your new job, how lovely. 

Clari too, but make sure you stick to it. 

Pat, find it so quirky reading all your news about seasons upside down and opposite to us, we are clinging on to last days of summer and there you are waiting expectantly for spring. 

Obelix - you sound very organised for the move, I think it is so important to get the prep done first, so much easier on the actual day then. 

Fairy, shame you have to work a BH  Do you get another day off instead or is it not a BH in Scotland? 

I know I have missed loads of news over the last few weeks, if there is any absolutely juicy gossip I should know about can someone please update me, would hate to have missed anything life changing. 

And hopefully now this mad, bizarre crazy summer for me is over and I can calmly and quietly plan a new life for me and Charlie over the next few months- and keep up to date on GW coming's and goings.

Have a good day everybody.


Posted: 27/08/2016 at 17:00

I have exciting news - I've got a night off work - hurrah. 


Posted: 27/08/2016 at 16:59

You can't just say that and disappear Dove! ðŸ˜œðŸ˜®


Posted: 27/08/2016 at 10:38

Hello all. 😀

Just dashing off to work but managed a bit of a read back. Nice to see you are all as chatty as ever. 😁 Will catch up again later. Have a good day all. 


Posted: 23/08/2016 at 23:33

Good evening all, probably good morning for most by the time you read back. I am alive & well, but exhausted, just finished work. 

I am now fully installed in my new house though, hurrah, and Charlie loves it too.

Have been working hours I didn't know existed and still managing ( and doing all the work at b&b). So, apologies for not checking in with you all, I think I did 6 trips from old house to new one yesterday, brought over all my books, spare washing machine & bed settee and my desk and rather embarrassing hoard of stationary, I do love it.  

My new house is on a little village green sort of thing and all the neighbours have been watching my efforts with a mixture of amusement and concern. I got stuck in my hedge last week with a fridge/freezer on the pallet truck, couldn't go forward, couldn't go back, it's on a slight incline and I'd managed (embarrassingly) to roll in to the bush. The neighbours, thankfully, managed to rescue me and a 70 year old and a nearly 80 year old were kind enough to oiyk me out of the bush and get my rather large fridge freezer into the kitchen, one way to get acquainted with the neighbours. 

Anyway,  I'm in, and have registered with electric, water and telephone companies, internet on by 3rd of September and trying to fathom out how to get the BBC on the TV. 

This morning Charlie got up and dressed before 7am and went to the boulangerie by himself to buy fresh bread for our breakfast and also made us (lumpy I must admit) crêpes. He is such a star.  I nearly followed him to boulangerie, bit scary to see him go off on his own, even if it is only 5 minutes away, but I resisted and he was so proud of his achievement. 

So, a lovely start to the day, even if it was followed by making 6 beds and then working 10 hours at the chateau. 😓

Tomorrow though Charlie and I are having a day off ( and out) and are going on a trip to a beautiful garden about 2 hours away. 

I promise to try and get back to reading and posting regularly, miss you all very badly, hoping life will settle down a bit from now on. Best wishes to all, catch up soon. 😀😀😀


Posted: 12/08/2016 at 08:03

Good morning All,

The 'camping' night in the new house went very well, hardly camping, we have brand new beds and bedding, but according to Charlie that's what it was. Anyway, he was happy and therefore I was happy and he is looking forward to doing it again soon. 


I have to wait to get the fridge and other essentials in from the B&B and still have to get curtains and lampshades (some might have to wait, very expensive here). We do have shutters though so not too bad and not really overlooked. We'll manage. 

Have a tumbledryer at B&B, will miss that, but I do have a huge garage at new house so that can be my new laundry room.  Least there won't be even half as much laundry. 

B&B full today (again), might get chance to get some cleaning at new house done later though. And I'm going to go around the garden here taking cuttings of all my favourite plants whilst waiting for guests to arrive. Will there be enough room in the car???

Good day all, will try and read back now whilst waiting for next lot to come down for breakfast.  


Posted: 11/08/2016 at 18:23

Evening All,

Just a quickie (sorry always seem to say that these days). Been extremely busy lately -  but this afternoon Charlie and I had a celebration lunch in the garden of my new house, Charlie picked all the food in the supermarket, smoked salmon and pasta salad, doughnuts and an orange each.  I even got to dead head the roses, it was a beautiful sunny day. And tonight we are having a 'tester' night sleeping there - Charlie's idea, so I am very pleased with his enthusiasm.  He says it's like camping in a real bed.  He loves the huge tree in the garden because he can climb it and is very proud of the fact that he managed to help me carry the new (pre-loved) cooker into the house, bless him. I haven't quite worked out how to connect it but for now we are fine. No internet, no TV, just a few favourite story books, we are going to have a fun night. 

Right now I am stuck at B&B waiting for 7:00 pm arrivals and then we are off, bit fretful as it is 7:20 (French time) but hopefully they will be here soon. Finger crossed. 

Busy Lizzie, hope you are safe and well away from the fire, everyone else sorry not time to catch up but hope all are well and thanks you for all the best wishes that have been sent my way. Starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. 


Posted: 05/08/2016 at 08:10

Good morning,

Off to collect new beds for new house today.  Hoping it will feel like I am actually going to escape, so busy here I can hardly get out of the house. OH has agreed to buy me some furniture in return for working through August, so I suppose that is a wage in some form. He won't give me the money though, he has ordered it for me, he is hard to deal with so I just have to take what is offered or I get nothing at all. All very strange but I can't argue with him, he has a way of convincing me it is all for the best and only in my best interests, seems it is only him that thinks like that but soon enough I will be out of his control - and at least I will have a new bed and a sofa. 

Was wet yesterday but nice again now for the week-end, least the garden had a bit of a water. 

Hope the wind doesn't blow you away Fairy, can't you work some magic on the weather. 

Pat, technology - way of the world now sadly.  (she says, chatting to someone in Australia) 

Must go, good day all, enjoy Amsterdam Hosta, happy memories from a college trip there years ago, still have a love letter from a Dutch boy I met there. 

My little blank canvas

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 07:57

Hi Obelixx,

Thanks for the advice, I'm sure we can make it look nice, I'll be posting pics as soon as I have something worth showing.  I have actually been saving some bulbs from last year that I lifted way back in spring, I'd forgotten I'd done it too. 

Charlie is ok at the moment, we haven't moved in yet (waiting for beds to start with) but he has been around the house, picked the room he wants, chosen his bed and bedding and loves the tree in the garden, I am going to get him a tyre for a swing. OH is keeping the family home and I may get an opportunity to take some cuttings and divisions but a bit awkward at the moment, OH not happy (obviously) about me leaving, thinks it's a stupid notion and I'll be back once I get into the 'real world' and realise how hard it is and how lucky I am now without realising it - Hmm, we'll see. 

There is a car boot sale on in the next village on Sunday, I'll be wandering around there to look for some 'interesting' plant pots. Thanks all. 

My little blank canvas

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 14:59

Just shows anything is possible if you try hard enough. Well done Nanny Beach.  My problems are small in comparison so looks like I have nothing to worry about. 

Just about to tackle a mountain of i******g before hosing down the trailer ready to collect new beds for me and Charlie tomorrow. Not quite sure how they will fit in, or how I will manage them, but I will do it. They will be the first pieces of furniture to go in the house and really what else do you need apart from a bed. 

Next most important things will be as many cutting as I can take from this garden. 

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