Renovation project - We are back in Brittany, France
We get the Portsmouth to Caen ferry
and decide to push the boat out and have one of the luxury cabins,
they are expensive, but when you add up all the extras that come
with the cabin, it really isn't that bad, plus it means we can sit
and watch TV instead of watching the sea rise and fall, and rise and
fall and rise and fall (even writing this I can feel my sea sickness
We get to Caen at approx 4pm and we
have a four hour drive to our new house.
The new Volvo has no problems and we
arrive, I am not sure how many times I have explained that shops etc
shut in rural France, but we forgot and we arrive to find not only
the shops shut but also the restaurants, it is late and we are
Our friends come to the rescue and
cook some dinner for us when we collect our keys, we sit and spend
the evening catching up, but we can't be late as Veolia (the water company) are arriving
in the morning to connect our water.
In the morning we get to the house in plenty of time for the water
company to arrive.
We wander around and think of the
plans we have made. We will be turning the main house into a two bed
one bath house and the little house into a holiday gite.
But as we are talking and looking we
start to wonder if it would make more sense to live in the little
house and have the main house as a rental, there is a lot less work
to do on the main house.
It is almost midday and veolia have
still not arrived, I go back to the house we are staying in and check
my e-mails, it is at this point that I notice the notaire asked me to
confirm the 7th was OK, I had missed this bit. I didn't
even think about it as we had said over and over again we would be
back on the 7th. I have no phone so call into the notaires
and they will contact Veolia and arrange another date. Luckily it is
John makes a list of all that he needs
for the plumbing and electrics ready to start
Here is are some photo's of the outside of the house, the inside will be coming soon