Still no floor joists !

Yet another couple of days waiting in for the delivery. Last week it was the drying oven broken down. This week it’s the trailer. Allegedly, it will be Tuesday next week, but don’t hold your breath.  So what had been planned for a 4 day marathon of joist stuff has turned into a series of small jobs that have been put off (and off and off). I’d already repointed most of the walls in the cave (though despite waterproofing the cement, the back wall is still disturbingly moist, we have a 35°C canicule (heatwave) with threats of drought etc etc so it might dry out.

Anyway… little  jobs, finally fixed the sticking doors upstairs, turned 20m of armored cable into a garden extension lead, fitted a hook for guests in the bathroom, relaid a tile that had lifted on the unit beside the sink, fixed a kitchen cupboard door. That last was a pain! The unit is made of a 2x2cm batten framework with melamine panels – so very little room to attach hinges. Not enough for normal kitchen cupboard hinges and little for other kinds. Ended up using a bit from a left and a bit from a right hinge. I guess lawn mowing is next. All this while Delia was re-re-re-painting the kitchen doors losing her rag with the paint sprayer she’s learning how to use. The end result so far is looking great though.

Last night was BBQ weather. We had been looking for one to replace the one that had got bunged up and disintegrated (and taken to the dump). Because we already had a gas cylinder with its French attachments we were looking for a gas one.  Most of the ones I have seen over the past 12 months or so cost as much as my first car (not very much, but you get the idea). Anyway, when we finally saw a reasonably priced one (with an additional 20€ off, for Ascension weekend) we got it (last one in stock – the display model). Last night we BBQ’d basil and tomato sausages and some lamb chops (from the whole lamb we bought last week – don’t you love a chest freezer?). Lovely evening, lovely meal and a nice red (and a bargain too).

Today we’re just off to the local fête at Lageyrat (we can just see its village church from our bedroom window, so we’ll actually walk).  The previous two years the weather was terrible for it, last year in fact it rained so hard Siena was flinching and hiding between our legs. This year then will be a wonderful change, currently about 26°C in the shade with a light breeze. Photos below.

NF = National Front, No Fun and still no floor

President Macron! A new face, even less experience than Trump but at least it isn’t Front Nationale President Marine Le Pen.  On the eve of the second stage of the French Presidential elections there was a debate where, as my neighbour said, Marine was “méchant” as in “chien méchant”. Anti -immigration from all fronts, especially from the UK (though that would depopulate most of south west French countryside). Still it’s a relief, I hadn’t realised how concerned Delia was about it until she expressed such relief at the result.

On other non-national fronts – another busy week for us both. But workwise mostly since our beams (to return a floor to our living room) weren’t delivered on the 10th as expected (I think the sawmill just told me it might be the 10th when seeing my expression after they had said mi-Mai). There’s probably a euphemism for a “French Fib” but then there isn’t one for a “French Kiss” so who knows? And anyway is it one, two or three? (see a couple of blogs back).

So, busy… I’ve been trying to resolve an issue with a new website for batch emailing. Mailchimp turned out to be way too much work, but the much sexier (and professional) sounding Mailgun is just the job!  I have a new website for Charente Limousine Exchange – an expat group we have actually been members of.  Membership, events, special interest groups all need mailing lists. Anyway as well as that I had a laptop that the owner wanted cleaned and upgraded.

Delia’s work waxes and wanes and currently its waxing and she’s a bit pressured. A weekend away from work is relaxing but with no beams I am still trying to damp proof the walls but we can spare a bit of time to venture off for lunch at St Jean de Cole for a flower festival this morning. Pity we haven’t time for the camera club trip to St Junien vide grenier (like a car boot sale) but here’s some photos from St Jean de Cole this lunchtime.