Monthly Archives: February 2014

Been a long long time….

Well, where do you start after such a long time of not blogging..?
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Somewhere near the beginning would be ideal I thought, but that seems such a long way back. About a week ago I kinda hit a rough patch….

Combination of things I guess, loneliness, no communication from the Wife, in fact with only the dog for company the Spoken word was beginning to be a one sided conversation….. Language barriers although I am getting better slowly, an unhappy Sparky / Plumber from being a tad underpaid at the end of the month, the prospect of at least two weeks without any running water , hot or cold…. Which has now rolled on to five weeks… No washing for me, unless it’s in a bucket & the kettle has been in the Full Power State for 5mins…. And only a working toilet as the good thing…!!!!

The bills were mounting up, the water , the elec, Food for me & pooch, satellite fitting ( Internet An ESSENTIAL ) , car tax due, trade accounts due, both here and in the UK, Certificate for the Fosse to comply with Regs, the ” Terracier ” needed paying for the digging in of the waterline to the house & for the completion of the sewerage line out to the Fosse touts Eau……….
It would have been something like 50 meters of digging Wet Clay soil at two feet deep by a foot wide by Hand otherwise…. Not something my back would thank me for…!!!

Car tax, not something you pay in France, but since the car doesn’t have a Certificate Contrôlée ( French MoT ) and isn’t ready for one yet, but it does still have a Valid UK one…. it’s easier to stump up the 6months roadtax and solve the problem rather than dig a new one just now…

Indeed folks, the budget was tighter than the zulu hatches on a war canoe in a force nine in the mid Atlantic…!!!
Been there done that, threw up, violently, it’s the HELL of all diseases… Seasickness.

Anyway, I was somewhat down in the dumps about the state of things and the fact the place wasn’t arriving quite as quickly as hoped… And there has been a hell of a lot of finance put into what’s been achieved with the help that has been here. It’s been over a full month on my own, possibly what triggered the malaise….?

In order to occupy my thoughts I set about a back up of both the phone & the Pad…. There were images galore to sort out & remove to free up space …
Images to look back at and judge how far We had come in what is a relatively short four months… !!!

RETROSPECTIVE, a look back at where you have come from and the path you have taken to arrive where you are now.
A very apt word. Applicable to everybody….
What would your Retrospective be & what will it teach you.??

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