The House is currently being renovated. We intend to open in April 2003. Watch this space to hear about our progress.
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At last, on line again ...
Lots of catching up to do on news.
Sold our house and moved all the furniture into storage. Came to France looking for property. Gave ourselves 4 weeks to find something suitable. On shopping day 3, we found this house in Mûr-de-Bretagne, very central to Britanny, in Côte d’Armor, close to the border with Morbihan, North of Pontivy, on the Route Nationale 164 between Loudéac and Gouarec, in the ‘Pays de Guerlédan&rsquo. Completion was not until the end of October, so this left us a considerable period in which to holiday in our chosen neighbourhood. Here is a picture of Harvey on the banks of the Nantes-Brest Canal at Bon Repos.
Towards the end of October we moved in and soon got down to some gardening. This is Carol building a bonfire from bits of fruit tree, etc.
By November, we had expected to be ready to move in our furniture, but we spent most of this pursuing bureaucratic aims - getting residents’ permits ( only provisional so far); insuring the house; trying to insure ourselves for health purposes (Where do you get an E106 anyway?); trying to insure the car (not without a resident permit); trying to buy floorboards (no success yet). Some of it we spent getting ready for decorating - removing rotten wood and plaster; removing wallpaper. Some effort was expended on the garden. There are 11 fruit trees, of which 4 are pear, 7 apple. These neeeded pruning before winter to remove cankers, thin and aerate the crown, and reduce the height somewhat to improve ease of cropping.
And then it took 3 weeks to get authorisation to block the road for half a day with our furniture delivery, but the ruddy delivery date was cancelled without informing us! So our furniture finally arrived in mid-December after it was all re-arranged.