Renovation project - Buying a range cooker in France
The kitchen has been emptied and it looks so much bigger, John has
spent time looking at how to put it back together for as low cost as
possible. The house does not warrant a big posh kitchen plus it
wouldn't suit this little house, it has to have something that is in
The owners have asked for a new cooker, as the one currently there
is one step up from a calor camping stove and it blows up every time I
try to light it (and this time the bad food is not down to my poor
cooking skills it really is because of the tools available!)
Once measured there is enough room to put a traditional sink, a
cooker and a fridge with 4 cupboards. It will run from one end of the
kitchen to the other and show off the new (old) stone wall.
Now that the old hardboard wall has been removed the smell of damp
is getting less, the house is breathing again, and still smiling.
John is going to build the cupboards and make doors and put on a
work top. This may sound like a very expensive kitchen, but if you
have the skills and expertise, it is actually less expensive than
buying a cheap shop bought one, and much sturdier, plus you can tell
all of your friends you have a hand built bespoke kitchen.
It will be easier to hire a van and collect everything in one go.
We collect the van and go to pick up the supplies, at the shops
though we see a small range cooker, very similar to the one we used
to have and I talk John in to getting this rather than a small free
standing cooker, I cannot understand why John is not keen.
We have everything on the list and head home, we realise that we
are rapidly running short of time and it is at this point I
understand why John was not keen on getting the bigger cooker,, how
are we going to get it out of the van? I am reasonably strong but
there is no chance I can lift this.
We have just enough time to get back and unload, but how???
I have no option but to phone a friend, but we are driving through
the forest and the signal keeps disappearing, 4 phone calls later we
have managed to get across we need you to meet us at the house in
about 10 minutes.
Simon is great, he turns up with no complaints and helps unload
the van, I say nothing as I watch them try to get the big cooker out,
they manage with much sweating, heaving and a little swearing and I
watch the time tick by (but have the sense not to mention this)
Everything is unloaded and we now have 10 minutes to fill it with
diesel and return it, the shop is not happy and say we are too late
but we point out that they are not shut and we have returned it in
This was not taken well and I am glad that my French is now of a
standard to have this discussion, they agree to take it back with
much banging and clattering of emptying of tills and pointing out
that one of the staff members should now be on their way home, at
this point I can play ignorant and pretend that my French is not of
the required standard!
Tomorrow will be a busy day for John, he has to finish it quickly
as we are now eating out most nights, which is very nicce for us but
not for our waistlines.