Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Our French Life - Lovely Weekend

Our French Life - Lovely Weekend.

It was so nice to actually have 4 days off for Easter although I will be fully retired in a couple of weeks time,( sorry for being so quiet ) 
Having worked all of my working life I guess I am going to find it extremely difficult to fill my days and will find it equally as easy to do nothing most of the time for a while, I think what is needed is a plan. 
Don't get me wrong, there is plenty here that needs doing even if it is in a supervisory position, poor John, the days are gone now when he could get on with a job in peace with the firm knowledge that I wouldn't be breathing down his neck to tell him he is doing it wrong, and I do want to get on with things and get all the stuff sorted that has been on the back burner until I retire - in fact it feels like now it will be a race to get it all done while we still can physically do it. one good thing that John did for me last year was to replace the veg garden with raised beds, by this time we would usually be dreading the big dig over of the veg patch which was hard work but now it takes minutes to rake over and de-weed the beds ready, I also have the vertical garden and want to make sure we have plenty of strawberries to be able to make some jam plus this year I am going to have a lot of container veggies, we have limited space so I am going to pack lots into small spaces and looking at the price of veg at the weekend (3€70 for 3 leeks) we are going to need it - the good thing is I will be able to spend as much time as I like in the garden without any interruptions, my time will be my own and I can get up whatever time I like although once the sun is up I am awake, maybe I can sit in the garden in Summer and read a book or learn some french, oh yes the French I must get myself out and about and mingle in with the locals, find out what is happening in our village as I am sure that is the only way to learn the language, or maybe I will volunteer my help somewhere.

Our local Restaurant has a sign outside which says Menu de Jour etc

Yesterday someone changed it as an April fools joke to say "En vanances pendant 6 mois"
We thought what has happened for them to be shutting for 6 months, everyone was stopping outside to read it and it became a great topic of conversation in the village, we live right opposite so could see all the activity, then I guess someone must have called them to make enquiries and then they realised what had happened and took the sign back in - today it stands outside with the correct writing on it. hopefully they didn't lose any trade because of it.


  1. I would have said exactly the same thing before we retired and moved over here, now I don't know how I ever found the time to work! Every day seems to be taken up with something or another and I haven't even started the gardening yet.

  2. That is reassuring Michael I am really looking forward to it.
    I have now seen your site living in brittany and it has such a lot of good info on it, I will be referring to it often.

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