We’re off, we’re off, we’re off in a motor car!! Quelle longue journee!

Yey, it’s that time of year again. France is but a long drive away. We all love getting ourselves packed into the car. Pooch (Bella) in the back, sandwiches and a flask for the over night drive to the Lot et Garonne. So O.K. The weather won’t be wall to wall sunshine but it will be warmer than the UK. And so too, we have lots of jobs to do. There’s painting the new shutters, fitting two electric radiators, sealing the wooden frame of the covered area, replacing the kitchen tap not to mention cutting the grass which will be more like hacking our way through the Amazon jungle. Yes, we love it.

So the day before we leave, that’s this evening, I’ll be making the sandwiches, packing the car and making  sure that our cat, Rose, has all her food and litter ready as she is looked after by a cat sitter for the next two weeks. Not cheap but I can’t imagine what shinannigens would go on right at the back of the car if Bella and Rose were bunked up together. Fur would definitely be flying.

I usually have quite a large stash of booty to take to France with us (anything from plant cuttings to our favourite refried beans) but this trip we’re having to travel light as we are taking two electri radiators with us and they are taking up most of the remains space in the back of the car next to Bella cage.

My choice of outfit is dungarees. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. OK I find them the comfiest thing to wear when sitting in a car for 18 hours. And they’re always an underground fashion statement. Well, I tell myself that.

Funny how Bella always knows when we’re going to France. It’s probably due to the mad panicky atmosphere that ensues just before we all get in the car. Most important thing is “have we removed the key from the back door, otherwise Rose’s cat sitter won’t be able to get in and feed her. Quelle horreur!

So now we’re all sat in the car at Folkestone, @LeShuttle Eurotunnel waiting for our train. We made good time and that means the wait will be longer as our trains delayed by 20 minutes. Should mean we arrive in France at 11.50pm for our overnight drive down to the house. Should arrive about ???? In the morning.

This is not my favourite part of the holiday. But, means we have an extra day. Be it we’re tired.

Arrived at 9.15am Friday morning, having set off at 2.30pm on Thursday. Drove through some torrential rain and were met with a very soggy garden and by the looks, the loss of some new plants that were put in October half term. Sad face.

However, not really sad as some will survive I’m sure and the sun came out onto our very nearly complete extension. Just the shutters to go. Yeah!!!img_1899

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14 thoughts on “We’re off, we’re off, we’re off in a motor car!! Quelle longue journee!

  1. Welcome back to France. We love the Lot et Garonne and are now in the Gers. Enjoy your gardening and the good weather. It has been lovely here since Monday, with just a windy, but sunny, day yesterday. And yes, it has been much warmer than in the UK since December. Even the Beast from the East didn’t affect us that badly, we’ve even had beers sitting outside in the sun quite a few times since January (on and off).

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    • Oh wow, well my nephew has a house in the Gers, close to Marciac. They are over now and we are due to meet them tomorrow in Agen. Having spoken to people here, they say is have been the wettest and coldest winter they can remember for a long time. It’s a bog here, there won’t be much gardening going on this holiday. Can’t cut the grass as the mower would just sink. Sounds like you have had it better. The weather is so changeable from the forecast in France. Having said all this we love it here and plan to back for late may half term. I’m ordering sunshine for then:)

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  2. It has been great weather in South West since January. I am actually visiting my girl in London. Cannot wait to get back to my life I have already started to live in SW France. And England is cold. Great post about your adventure to France, poor doggie was happy travelling with mummy and daddy to France, they love wandering, don’t they? lol. Thank you for visiting me!

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