1.1.22 – 16.4.22
A lot of water under the bridge since I last wrote, so here’s a brief summary and then I will move on to current news.
- Just before Christmas I found a cat. Poor creature was in a terrible state and I thought he would die overnight. He has the most appalling neck injury – a large ulcerated wound. He survived the night and indeed is still here. Dougal. He’s damaged in many ways but enjoys a limping plod around, likes fuss,loves the sun and eats a lot! Wonderful vet who encouraged his recovery.
- I replaced my smashed car. The whole event was tedious, but I now have a smart Peugeot 308. Very comfy and roomy.
- Snow a couple of weeks ago was unwelcome, especially as my beautiful Magnolia tree was just beginning to bloom. I envisaged an overnight decimation, as happened last year with the late frost. However, it survived. A little brown around the edges but still as magnificent as ever.
- Both Louise and Owen have been to visit. Christmas was once again cancelled because of Covid.
- Business is fine, some bookings reflect a return to more ‘normal’ events since Covid: pilgrim walkers (Compostelle St Jaques) and rally driver (Rallye de la Procelain)
On to the main event……
In response to the Ukrainian war, and my need to offer help, I decided to renovate my attic (grenier) and offer it as accommodation.
A big project that I could not do alone, so my thoughts were to do it in the style of DIY SOS (TV programme). I rallied help from friends via Facebook, appealed for donations of paint, furniture, kitchen equipment, bedding etc etc and also set up a Go Fund Me page to raise some money. The response has been overwhelming.
Now, the kitchen has been fitted, (thanks to the work of someone I had lost touch with), the bathroom is in, (thanks to the work of a clever lady), a huge cupboard has been reconstructed (thanks to amazing friends who drove 5/6 hrs from the north of France to do this), walls are repaired and painted, electrics are being installed and much, much more. Unbelievable. I am forever grateful.
Work is still ongoing and money is still needed to buy resources.
If anyone would like to make a donation – here’s the link.
The application for a refugee family has been submitted, I think it will be some time before I hear anything.
What if I don’t?? My alternative plan is to offer the accommodation to others in need: respite carers, nurses/teachers who have had the most difficult time whilst working with Covid, Macmillan nurses, families who need urgent housing because of such things as a fire, etc etc.
It was never ever going to be a rented facility, so all I would ask in the case of the latter, is a nominal fee to cover electricity and water.