After a long day laying blocks, rubbing down and filling ready for painting, I headed to Bricomarche (the local B&Q type DIY store) for supplies for the next days work
Now, I have been here before on previous visits; you drive into the yard, say ‘Bonjour’ to the guy on the forklift, load your van, pull up at the office, the guy checks your stuff and writes a ticket and you go into the store and pay…or so I thought!
On this visit I acknowledged the yard guy and was happily loading my van with blocks for my tree raised beds when all of a sudden a lady in a Bricomache uniform appeared and started talking to me in French (well that’s no surprise, but this was my first encounter with a French person on this visit and she literally appeared from the blind side of the van so I had no time to prepare).
After garbling some sort of apology about not speaking good French, I was sternly told I needed a ticket and to pay now. I smiled and got in the van to move it out of the way as I had done on occasion before only for a barrier I had never seen lowered, dropped into place.
I then followed the lady to the till only to hear her tell her colleague on the phone ‘That is OK, he is English!
Speaking to Sam the next day, it seems I had it completely the wrong way around. Apparently you are supposed to go to the office first, tell the guy what you want you want, he writes a ticket, you pay at the till and then you load up!
I though my way worked just as well!
Anyway just a few images of the progress so far!!!