Monday, 16 February 2015

A Strange Week!

Last week went by in something of a blur and looking back it was a strange week in which  we did none of our usual things.  I didn't go on any walks, we did no wallpaper stripping and apart from our regular French lesson, we did no other French practice.  I should perhaps mention that although I didn't do any walking, I wasn't completely idle as I have started doing Pilates at home using a DVD.  I used to go to Pilates classes regularly when I lived in the UK but I haven't been able to find any classes locally.  (And even if I could find a local class, I don't know if my French is up to following the instructions!)

So, back to our unusual week for which Danny's eye is partly to blame!  He had a problem with his right eye and scared himself silly by looking up the symptoms on the Internet!  It seems there was a one in seven chance that he had a detached retina (according to the Internet!) which, if left untreated, can cause blindness.  I have to be honest here and admit to having been more than a bit worried myself (although I did my best not to show it). 

Yet again, it gave us the chance to experience French healthcare at its best.  I phoned our general doctor straight away on Tuesday and got an appointment that same evening.  She referred Danny to an Ophthalmic doctor and the following morning she telephoned us with an appointment for later that same morning.  We rushed off to the Clinique Sud-Vendée where Danny had the most extensive eye tests and examinations I have ever witnessed.  Thankfully, apart from Danny's glasses being hopelessly out-of-date, the doctor found nothing wrong with his eye.  Two days later, on Friday, armed with a prescription for new lenses, we went and chose some new glasses for him.  Glasses are rather expensive here but he is getting a prescription pair of sunglasses as well so we feel the money is well spent! 

As you can see, Danny's eye did take up quite a chunk of the week, one way and another!

Another reason why our week was, shall we say, abnormal is that after the clinic on Wednesday, the weather was unexpectedly bright and sunny.  It was also pleasant enough to work outdoors, as long as you were wrapped up so instead of going for a walk (which I wanted to do) I decided it would be a good opportunity to do a job which was long overdue.  Our entrance gates, which are white plastic, looked less white than green with mildew.  I started to clean them by hand but then Danny came out and rigged up the pressure washer for me.  Now I love cleaning things with that washer!  So when I'd done the gates, I decided to wash off the mud on the car....

You can just see the white gates in the background and off to the right, one of my "red" helpers!

Another thing that happened this week was that our bath panels have been repaired at last!  I don't think I wrote about this at the time but back in the Autumn we had a problem with a leak in the downstairs bathroom. The people who had owned the house before us had tiled panels in front of the bath and to one side to mask all the pipework.  Unfortunately, no thought had been given to gaining access and the tiles had to be broken to enable the plumber to gain access and repair the leak. 

We are hoping to get some reimbursement from our insurance but in the meantime, we have just paid to have new wooden and removable panels put in.  Our friend Les has done a beautiful job, don't you think?

And on the subject of repairs, Danny had to make a little panel to cover a hole where we found a mouse - or mice - were coming in of a night and helping themselves to food.  I thought I was imagining it at first, a hole in a bag of flour, little black droppings....but when I showed Danny he confirmed my worst fears!  At the back of one of the kitchen drawer units there was a hole to give access to an electrical connection (see below)....

....but clearly, the mice were using it to get from the barn into the drawer.   Danny has now put paid to this adventure by making this little panel...

You may remember that when we did the utility room, Danny put up the drying rack that he'd made originally for my kitchen in the UK.  My main intention was to use it for drying herbs but I've found that it is a very good way of drying clothes during these winter months!  We don't put on the heating in that room but it does get a lot of sun so I guess that is how it is proving a great way to avoid having wet laundry around the lounge!

Well that just about wraps up the news from last week.  Fortunately, we seem to have got back on track.  I have been out walking yesterday and today; Danny has resumed the wallpaper stripping in the lounge and I did some French practice earlier! 

I am just going to leave you with some "feel good" photos.  The first ones are the snowdrops and crocuses which are coming through now. 

And these....well, these are two views from the house that I never, ever, tire of.  And when the sun is shining and I see these views it reminds me that I am very, very lucky to live in this beautiful place.

So until next time, à bientôt


  1. Do you wonder where you ever got the time to work? :0)

  2. Hi Roz, I always enjoy reading your blog and your adventures, I see you mention French lessons and French practice, do you actually go to French lessons and what practice do you do, I ask because I am struggling to get my head round it all, thanks in advance - Roz x

    1. Hi... did you get the reply I sent by email?

  3. Stunning views from your home. Yes, I have to remind myself to, that we are very fortunate to live in beautiful countryside x