24.2.19 – 7.3.19
Here’s the scene: just before midnight, in bed reading a book, no guests, peace and quiet. Cat (Colin) jumps on the bed, I put my had out to stroke him and realise he’s wet. “Oh”, thinks me, “It must be raining”. But it’s not. Colin was absolutely sodden. I can only guess he must have fallen in a body of water somewhere. The fishing lake up the road (I know he wanders up there, people have seen him), a garden pond (there’s one nearby, you can hear the water fountain), the river at the bottom of my neighbour’s garden, a water but….???? Who knows. I grabbed a towel, took him into the bathroom, turned up the towel rail heater and sat and dried him off. He was actually in shock, I could feel him trembling. At this point I envisaged a midnight dash to the vet, half wondering/worrying that it could be some chemical. Half an hour later he was dry enough to pick up and hug, so he slept cuddled next to me all night. He spent the next day just sleeping on the sofa in front of the fire. The day after this he was back to normal!! What an episode.
The beautiful warm weather has come to an end. It’s more like the norm now. In fact we had a huge storm two nights ago – gales, thunder, lightning, hail and rain. My power went off (strange system trip, but it’s ok now). The tortoises are out of hibernation and have a couple of days in the garden, but I’ve brought them in as it’s not so warm. If any of my UK friends, who are still in touch with Sarah and Nigel from school, please can you tell them that Freddie the tortoise is still going strong!!
There’s a government scheme running in France, whereby your house can be insulated for 1€. Having made 3 attempts to find a company that can do my cellar, I have finally found one. I wish I’d investigated this scheme earlier, as I could have saved myself several hundreds of £’s when I had my loft done. Oh well, hindsight and all that. Grrr. The problem with the cellar ceiling is the fact that it is vaulted brick. The insulation is being installed as I type; the silver foil sheeting stuff is being studded into the brick. Let’s hope it makes a difference!
Not much else going on …. planning for decorating and garden main projects!
Coming up in April: