Tuesday, 25 December 2012

I'm Fat And I Can't Spell

Spell Check and Mangoes

Welcome to new members. Once again I am being told that some of you are unable to leave comments and I don’t know why.  Two comments did come through this week but only got as far as my emails.  Here is a little sample of the first one.

‘far reaching effects on erection problems’ – well, we have already erected the main building, but thanks for the input.

'erections improved when using pomegranate’ – actually we found cement and sand did the job, but worth looking at in the future.  I'm all for eco builds.

'When looking for erectile dysfunction treatment……’ hang on, hang on, have I got the wrong end of the stick here (no pun intended whatsoever)?  Get off my blog you sad little person, go and bother someone else!  Someone with a willy for instance!

I was a little perplexed by the second comment.  It came from a site called africanmangodirect which at first I thought was a dating site – African Man Go Direct (dot com). I wondered how somebody could read my blog and think that I might need a new man.  I am quite happy with the LGB.  Okay, I have a little moan about him now and again, but I wouldn’t change him for the world (that’s how I feel today at least).   I have copied and pasted the comment in whole exactly as I received it.

‘of course like your web site however you need to check the spelling on several of your posts.  Many of them are rife with spelling issues and I in finding it very bothersome to inform the truth then again I will definitely come again again’.

Thank you very much for your comment but may I say I in finding it very bothersome to inform you your post was rife with grammatical errors and a sentence starts with a capital letter and I do use spell check (when I remember) so blame Google and I already have an unofficial proof/critic/smart Alec reader who is quick to point out my errors (thanks Al) but thank you again for feeling the need to inform the truth and please feel free to come again again!!!!!!

Curiosity, however, got the better of me and I had a little peep (I can feel Alan’s palpitations as I type! I didn’t go directly to the web link, I Googled it Al.)  It is actually African Mango Direct (dot com) – a weight loss product.  So as well as being told I can’t spell, I’m also too fat!  

Anyway back to serious building matters. 

Looking at the entrance to the master bedroom

Inside the master bedroom

Loitering With No Intent
We have taken to loitering in shops to avoid going back to a cold house and caravan.  Usually I like to go to the builder’s merchants buy the materials and leave (unlike the LGB who would take sandwiches and a flask and spend the day there, complete with anorak).  The last visit, however, I told the LGB to take as long as he liked playing with the tools.  He skipped away and I mooched through the books.  We spent much of the afternoon in Leroy Merlin.  We did buy quite a lot and ordered the glass for the picture window and front door.  I hope the measurements are right!  Leroy Merlin was closing so we headed to Géant and dallied there using the Wi-Fi and keeping warm until finally we had to venture back to the cold site.

Bed-sit Land 
Never mind the soft-close lid; I should have pushed for a heated toilet seat.  We have had some very cold days; in fact it has been colder in the house than outside.  We are now sleeping in the house and I have to say we are sleeping so much better.  We don’t hear the wind and rain, we don’t rock about during the night and the LGB can get out of bed without putting in a gymnastic performance that would win him medals in a competition.  He is actually seeing Dr Crochet again but a real bed is helping his back and neck.

The bed-sit, looking more like an old folk's home!

We have to climb up the ladder to get to our ‘bed-sit’ and as it is the only warm place on site we are eating there too.  I have mastered carrying up two cups of coffee, or a coffee and a bowl of porridge or two plates of food.

We have been to two Christmas dinners and each time someone asked us what we were doing about toilet facilities in the ‘bed-sit’,  ……….a bucket dear Liza, dear Liza, a bucket!

The Contortionist

In disguise

Shaping Up
We are putting insulation into the loft space.  I hate, loathe, despise, abhor and DETEST insulating.  We are using fibre glass; it gets in your clothes and hair, makes you itch and cough and hangs around forever.  I looked at the possibility of purchasing Black Mountain sheep’s wool insulation, but as I haven’t yet won the lottery our woolly friends still have their coats firmly on their backs to keep them warm.  I cut the insulation with a bread knife and the LGB is doing the much harder task of fitting it in the eaves of the loft; a job much better suited to a Munchkin than a grown man.  Little by little upstairs is taking shape.  We are deciding where to put beds (because we will need sockets for lamps) and where to place showers, toilets basins and a bath.

After rehearsals for our concert we had time to kill so most of us drove to Marthon to a photographic exhibition 106 Ans de Marie Gervais.  It was at La Tour St Jean Marthon which has recently been renovated and the owners live on the top floors.  The photos were of villages and life in the area.  The building is beautiful, the photos were very interesting and there was an abundance of delicious fruits for consumption.  Just the display looked amazing.  

Kaki (persimmon or sharon fruit), tamarind, nefle (medlar) to name a few.

We were asked to sing a couple of songs for the guests, impromptu but fun.  It was much appreciated with much applause. The actual concert went quite well.  A few mistakes ‘comme d’habitude’!  I don’t think we will be winning choir of the year just yet, but they are a great bunch and I enjoy it. 

As usual, I am a week behind with the blog!

Finally, we'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year.  Thank you for reading and see you in 2013. xxx

Monday, 3 December 2012

Are You Snug As A Bug?

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

So, are you wandering around in your slippers and jim-jams all warm and comfortable with your central heating and cosy log burners?  There’s lovely!  As long as you are snug and comfy, that’s all we were worried about.  B*st*rds!

I am sitting here in my furry jacket with a hot water bottle.  Faux fur darling, faux fur.  No animal was harmed in making me comfortable.  I have already inadvertently eaten meat this week.  When I asked for a vegetarian meal in a restaurant I was offered spaghetti with just tomato sauce.  A little uninspiring but fine never the less.  All they did, however, was sieve out the meat from the bolognaise sauce, well most of it!  When I asked the waitress if there was meat in the sauce she said ‘peut-être’ - perhaps!

The North wind picked up this week and the site is well exposed to it.  We will have to resort to taking an evening dose of Sea Legs to get us through the nights with the caravan swaying and rocking in the wind,  a couple of sleeping tablets to give us a little respite in the wee hours, and a hand-full of Pro-Plus to keep us going during the day.  Shake, rattle and roll!

This will be partitioned to become our bedroom

Come Dancing                               

Apart from being cold, suffering from sleep deprivation and raging backache I've enjoyed this week.  We have been laying the chestnut flooring upstairs.As we were sticking on the final plaster boards Chet Atkins was belting out  'Yakety Axe'  My kind of music.  The LGB calls it ‘thigh slapping, arse kicking’ music.  Despite that he asked if I fancied a dance!  I said we should save it until the floor was laid.  Well, we have now laid three quarters of it, just one bedroom to go, so we did a little formal dance followed by a little jig in celebration.  It’s like a little ballroom up there.

A formal dance.............
followed by a little hoedown

                                         (There's life in the old boy yet!)                   

We have a good little system going.  I lay out the boards, we both fit them and the LGB nails them down.  We have decided to do the bathrooms in wood instead of tiles so we have to order some more chestnut from the supplier.  I am chuffed to bits with how it is looking.  Just need to sand and varnish it.

We had a couple of big, strong men lined up to help us get the plaster boards upstairs but decided to give it a go with just the two of us.  We got another system going and I won’t say it was easy but if we take it steady and haul a few up a day we will manage nicely.

Razzle Dazzle 'Em
During a visit to La Rochefoucauld I stopped at the tourist office to look at the posters in case there was something worth visiting or seeing.  What do you know, there was I looking back at me!  There was a poster advertising an evening’s entertainment with my chorale group and a jazz group.  What was even more astounding was they are charging Joe Public for the honour!  Hahahaha!  Joking aside, it put me in quite a tizz.  Firstly I didn’t know it was on so soon and secondly I promised at the last AGM I would learn the lyrics to the songs this year.  I can’t even remember the chuffing tunes from one week to the next never mind the words.  We have just been given a new song………in Portuguese!  Polyglot I am not!  I’m off to practice.  That’ll upset the wildlife.
Blonde (OK white) hair fourth from the right
Ladies Day 
I had a day in Angouleme yesterday with Jane.  It was for my birthday, only two months late!  It was delayed because we had been back to England and Jane had fallen from her horse and suffered broken ribs and amnesia.  (Honestly, some people tell the most dreadful porkies when they forget a birthday!)  We had a lovely day and the weather was kind.

Coffee and macaroons at La Biscuiterie Lomede followed by a little retail therapy, a lovely lunch with amazing frites (thank you Jane) and more retail therapy (just in case the first session hadn't worked).  We drove on to a local dépot vente (junk shop) and had a good old spend up there.  I got a number of little gems including a washing machine (machine a laver), plant stand/table, candle holders, picture frames and more.  En route home we managed another shop and lots more knick-knacks.  Together with my belated birthday present – a beanie hat and a lavender filled heart (both made by Jane, you too can buy one from her) I thought Christmas had come early.

My new washing Machine.
What were you expecting a Zanussi front loader?

Time to Say Goodbye
Today we continued to plaster board the ceilings upstairs.  It was cold and I didn’t get warm all day.  Il Divo were on The One Show and sang ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ and it was our time to say goodbye too, we were in bed five minutes later!  We may be cold and stepping out of the shower into a freezing building and running from garage to house to caravan to jumble together a meal but it is nothing compared to the poor folks suffering in the floods.  

As usual I am a little behind but don't want to bore you by making the post too long.