Heading back to the UK today and writing this on the ferry, so not the inspiring surroundings of the previous posts.
The day started as the coldest so far, the thermometer on the car read zero at 7.30am. The house was not as cold last night as Tuesday; I put it down to the hard work securing all the windows and doors!
An eight hour drive meant I had to leave Riberac at midday so I had a few hours to finish this visit’s tasks.
The most important of these was to install a red and white chain across the drive (the universal sign of ownership in South Western France!). My children thought I was joking, but it is essential!
Chain in place, lock fitted, kitchen cleaned, it was time to pack up. Lovely to think if I have forgotten anything, I will be back soon!
The highlight of the drive back was eating an apple that tasted of apple, not natural apple but apple sweets! Although I quite like the synthetic apple flavour of sweets, I had never tasted an apple that tasted like the sweet, until today!
This first visit to the house has reinforced the feeling that this was the right thing to do. Not only is it a lovely house in a fantastic rural area but it will give all the family something to think about and look forward to and me many hours of planning and hard work!