Yes it’s me – Not usually the “blogger” but Keith is busy downstairs with his laptop. The replacement hard disk arrived today and he is, as we speak re- formatting it and re-loading the operating system – well, I think that’s what he said. You know me – I’m not that technical (mostly because I have a techie for a husband)
Anyway, work has started on the decking area at the back of the house and I can hardly wait. Of all the jobs that we are doing, this for me is the most exciting. Rik and Christian have started digging the foundations today and have set the formwork for the support for the decking that will be 6 metres by 4 metres (sorry, we have to speak in French measurements now, but it’s 240 ft²) It will be all wooden decking with concrete steps leading down to the garden (I read somewhere that we have to take concrete steps to integrate into French life).
Some of our visitors from last year will remember the “French” decking that we had, which consisted of about 6 big wooden planks with a tarpaulin covering them which, short of sitting in the front garden was the only place to sit and “catch the rays”.
Spare a thought though for the poor animals. Flash, and moreso Hobie, have already had to contend with freezing snowing conditions with deep snow to trudge through every time they need to go to the toilet – something I don’t think they really ever experienced in England. Now they have to navigate holes and string and holes and more holes with one strategically placed right outside the back door. Poor Hobie has enough trouble contending with being blind in a strange country and a strange house but now he has to also contend with pot holes in his toilet area!
In order for this work to begin we had to spend a morning shovelling snow away from the area where they were going to work. We are neither of us the fittest of people and we needed a rub down with a wet copy of the Radio Times when we had finished.
The sand stones and cement arrived too, so we now have a huge pile in the front garden which, if nothing else will help to stop the grass from growing – I just hope we don’t have to make an emergency car journey!