FINALLY!!! Both cars sorted. What a palava. France has made all registration of car documents online, as of the end of 2017. Previously it was possible to go to the Prefecture in Limoges and do everything face to face with an official. The improved system is a joke. The backlog is so great, the website ha crashed. To register the Nissan in my name took hours and hours. I sat with friends for two hours one afternoon and got no-where. I spent about five hours myself trying to do it, and failed. Eventually I contacted my insurance company (who were waiting for the official document so they could issue my full insurance); they suggested I try a garage, which eventually proved to be successful. The manager at a local Renault garage was very helpful and did all the online transaction for me; even he kept shaking his head and saying “c’est compliqué” However, the carte gris arrived by registered post 48 hours later. And OF COURSE, the same happened when I wanted to transfer the ownership of my sold Renault Modus to a new owner. My Renault garage man was once again very helpful and I gave him a bottle of wine for his assistance.
Still on the theme of cars. The Modus had a final protest at being sold. Not only was there a problem with the jammed biro in the seat runner (see last blog post) which was eventually resolved by sheer brute force, but 10 minutes before the new buyers arrived, the battery died. This Renault has never failed me, it has started in rain and snow in freezing temperatures. It could only happen to me. So the buyers had to endure my embarrassment of jump starting it before they could drive it away. I’m sure they thought I was conning them into buying a dud car.
The freezing cold weather continues. Snow has fallen continuously for a few days. But thankfully, it has now stopped and the sun shone yesterday, still bitterly cold though. The cats aren’t venturing out very far either.
I headed into Limoges last week and bought some curtain fabric. Part of my plan to install a wood burner in the kitchen has progressed unexpectedly. A friend has offered me a wood burner for free! So I think with it in and a heavy door curtain, the heating should improve. Just got to make the curtain now – it’ll be a good size and weigh a ton! Also, I have yet to look at curtain poles and find something suitable …. and then find someone to put it up for me. High ceilings and drilling into stone won’t be easy.
Onwards and upwards with my bedroom: the radiators are off so I can clean and decorate behind them. Not the best time of year not to have heating in the bedroom. I’ve been a bit lazy about pushing on with the painting – I’ve only wanted to sit in front of the fire over the last few days! When the rads are back on, that only leaves the en suite bathroom to tile and the wallpaper to buy and put on. Oh and a final coat of wax on the floor. Only taken a year to get this far!
Still a few guests arriving, but February is looking distinctly quiet. People are now beginning to book for Summer.
A few weeks ago, I noticed some fencing alongside the small path that is in front of my house. I’ve since learnt that it is keeping people away from the edge of the path as it has collapsed. The Mairie is to repair it at some point soon. However, the knock on effect of this to my neighbour is a problem. He has a large gas tank, which is refilled from time to time and the restricted access now means the gas tanker can’t do the refill. We looked at the possibility of bringing the tanker in through my gates, but they just weren’t wide enough. I have had an extra supply of logs and oil delivered. I intend being a toasty as possible; this house is not easy to heat.