8.8.20 – 20.9.20
Events have overtaken the writing of this blog. My heart is broken.
Covid 19, guests, visitors (family and friends) and sadly the death of my
beloved Dad. Sad times, worrying times and happy times all in the space of a few weeks.
My Dad had been becoming more and more frail since June. He struggled
through the consequences of an evil stroke for so long (best part of nine
years) but his body was worn out. Although so far away, I thought about him every day and wondered how he was, what he had for his lunch, what he watched on the TV, did he need any new clothes, could I send him a few treats? The dreaded phone call came on September 12th, he’d died peacefully in his sleep. I have no idea if I can attend his funeral (or indeed my nephew’s wedding) in 3 weeks time because of quarantine restrictions. It’s so awful.
R.I.P. my wonderful Dad – he was my superhero.
On a happier note, Louise ended up staying for 6 wonderful weeks. Her stay coincided with the visit of a friend’s daughter (Megan).. Megan came on a “Workaway” basis and was such a great help as an extra pair of hands, especially when we had to turn the breakfast table around quickly (two sittings to keep social distancing). During her stay, we managed a few trips out – Limoges, St Leonard, Lake Vassivierre and a couple of nice walks. It was so hot some days, that the best we could do was nothing! A girls night in also went down well – mostly snacks, treats and nail polish! Again Covid impacted on UK returns; Megan had to fly back rather than being collected by her Dad and family. Hopefully, their holiday on France can happen next year instead. Louise is now undertaking her 14 day quarantine, but is able to start her new job working from home, so this will keep her occupied. I hope.
Whilst Louise was here, she met up with friend’s daughter and helped her out a couple of times on her market stall. This is a new venture – I am the proud owner of one of her creations. This is Peepo – he lives on my patio. Easy to look after and doesn’t require feeding!
Just a few other happenings:
- Jams made – blackcurrant, rhubarb nd ginger, rhubarb, apple and cinnamon, damson
- Apples stock piled in the freezer and compote
- Tomatoes made into passata and bottled
- Sid started on new medication (happy cat because it’s cannabis based, ha ha), and (wonderfully) we are having some success
- Fantastic cat treat sourced to dispach Sid’s meds
- Last year’s purchase of an old stove put to excellent use as a bbq
- La Belle Maison’s website updated
- Mega supplies of Yorkshire tea delivered!
- A guy sourced to make keys for bedroom doors – no conventional commercial key cutter found
- Wedding outfit sorted
- Finally managed to return a faulty duvet to Amazon. Not an easy thing to pack up.
- Ordered new duvet as I didn’t have one to sleep under!
One of the trips to Limoges was to collect my Carte de Sejour (France residency permit). The application has been ongoing for over a year, but I’ve finally been granted it. Collection times were ambiguously stated in a letter, but I took a chance going possibly 3 days earlier than they suggested. Fail. Had to go back again. Went back 10 days later. Fail. They’d made a mistake printing my DoB. Will have to go back again in three weeks. Hopeless.
We are lucky to see some amazing night skies here. SO many beautiful stars. I’ve made attempts to see shooting stars, comets and satellites in recent weeks. Self inflicted neck ache and a complete fail! I’m not born to be an astronomer.