22.1.21 – 14.3.21
Wooo – hadn’t realised it’d been so long since I wrote on here.
In so many ways, it’s been quiet and slow and in others fairly busy. The bedrooms have been refreshed, there were a few scuff marks on the paint, so I’ve been over them and spruced the woodwork up. I’ve also repainted the walls in the main bedroom. They really always needed a second coat when I first did them, but I ran out of Laura Ashley paint and that has been impossible to buy now. So I found the closest match and am actually pleased with the result. To finish the room, I need to get the ceiling painted; hopefully I can get that arranged soon – I won’t be doing it! The new shower doors are in; the stain on the old one proved impossible to remove.
Plans are a-foot to tidy up the attic. One of the huge cupboards in the front attic bedroom has been taken out to allow access to the back wall for repair. At some time in the past, water had leaked from the chimney flashing (now repaired) and the plasterwork had disintegrated. This is now fixed and I’m looking into applying for the Government insulation scheme whereby you pay 1€ for the work. It’s not a scam; the Government set up the scheme in response to failing to meet a climate target. I need to do a couple of other small odds before I can check out the possibilities. Watch this space with crossed fingers.
I’ve also forwarded a proposal to the Tourist board. They have received a small pot of money and are asking if anyone has projects. I’ve often thought I’d like to set up a webcam from the top floor, overlooking the town square. So I cobbled together a costing and sent it off. Not sure I’m going to get it – they suggested it’s not a sustainable project which they might be looking for.
The garden is also up for work (as always!!). After batting around a few ideas with friends, I hope to gravel the footpath/entrance. To be honest, I’m not sure it’s what I envisaged, but I don’t know what to envisage!! If it’s not right, at least it can be changed. I just don’t know. Anyway the weather is rubbish at the moment, so there won’t be anything happening in a hurry. The fallen tree has now been removed and has opened up the garden quite a lot. I will be buying some fruit trees soon and creating a little orchard. There’s already a damson and cherry. I’ve been promised a Bramley apple and a fig, so I might buy an apple and peach. I’ve started pulling the loose and crumbling render off the front wall. The stone work underneath is lovely and hopefully I can expose most of it, but it’s going to take a while to do.
I managed to celebrate my birthday! A handful of friends came for lunch (pizza and cheesecake). We have to do lunch as the 6 o’clock curfew won’t allow for dinner. Lovely presents and flowers too. Prosecco went down well!!
The tortoises are out of hibernation and plodding around the garden. However, the forecast looks very cold in the next few days, so I may have to locate them and bring them in.
It’s the time of year when EDF recalculate your payment schedule, based on the yearly consumption. Here, they don’t carry credit forward or add any deficit onto the next payments – they just adjust the money in or out of your bank account. Something to remember of you end up owing at the end of the year – can be a shock! I was delighted to find out that I was over 450€ in credit!! Followed by a new proposed schedule whereby they increased my monthly payment by 80€!!!!! What?!! A 73% increase?? I don’t think so!! So I complained and said I’m sure there was an error. And guess what?? They offered to halve my monthly payment. In the end we agreed to stick to the current rate – I don’t want any surprises next year. Just shows though, it would have been easy to accept it without question.
It’s been a few weeks of friends. Updating phone numbers and renewing contacts. Good news, bad news and mixed news. I’ve been very upset over the murder of that young girl in London; a situation that young women are so vulnerable in. She was so similar to Louise – age, blonde hair, job, life-style, it just makes me worry. Poor girl, I feel for her parents and family.
Last but NOT least – I’ve had my first AZ Covid vaccination! Not really sure how it all happened – it came out of the blue. I had been pursuing enquiries as to the plans for vaccinations (as there was, and still is, a lack of information). I received a phone call from my doctor late one afternoon to say she had a spare due to a cancellation – did I want it? Yes – I’ll be there in 10 minutes! The side effects made me poorly for about 4 days, headache, fever, nausea, tiredness, loss of appetite. Anyway, all done and I’m relieved. Second dose in May.