Our Favourite Barbecue is Back!

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On our third night in Blois, we finally had a barbecue with our Barbecook, which is a story in itself. When we were married nearly 14 years ago, it was a second marriage for both of us and we each had two children so finding an appropriate date was not easy, let alone having a honeymoon as well! We did manage an overnight stay in Honfleur though and visited Bayeux next day. And we found our barbecue! Not very romantic you might say, but it’s a wonderful barbecue (and don’t forget I’m Australian). It operates on a really neat system. You put newspaper in the cyclindrical part, then the charcoal on the fire grille, on top of which there is another grill for the meat. You light the barbecue with a match through a hole near the red knob halfway down the cylinder which is used to adjust the air flow (and therefore the heat). It’s really very clever and you don’t need any « starters ». Even I can light it (not that I ever do!).

You may remember that to send my last post, we intended to go to Le Penalty, which turned out to be closed on Mondays as luck would have it. But Relationnel had the wonderful idea of parking outside and seeing if there was a connection. It worked! Unfortunately, Le Penalty is located on one side of a roundabout where you obviously aren’t supposed to park so he had to keep a watch-out for the police. Then of course, my battery was running low but Relationnel has a transformer in the car so I was able to recharge the laptop provided we kept the engine running. Not very environment-friendly I’m afraid.

But apart from the Internet connection, we are slowly getting things up and running. The kitchen furniture is all in place and part of the decoration is finished. When we have breakfast, we can watch all the birds that come to eat the seeds left by the previous owners. I’m a newcomer to bird feeding/watching. It seems you should only put out seeds and fat during the cold months. Otherwise the birds get lazy. There is a pair of blue tits who have built a nest in the tree just outside the window that we love watching.

The next room that is almost finished is the downstairs bedroom where we’re sleeping at the moment because we haven’t attacked the fireplace in the upstairs bedroom yet. I thought I had found a miracle product but unfortunately it doesn’t work. Relationnel put up the wardrobe today but initially found he couldn’t finish it because the hinge things were missing. Fortunately he realised later that he just wasn’t familiar with the system. We also cleaned the rug. Obviously one spray can was not enough so I had to go back to Carrefour and get some more.

I didn’t really mind because, although it’s about 6 km away, you drive through a lovely forest mysteriously called Route du Rain de la Forêt to get there. The leaves are all tender green. And the people in Carrefour are unbelievably friendly. While I was waiting for the butcher to come, the fishmonger came and asked me if I was being served then went off and found the butcher. When I was searching the shelves for the carpet shampoo, a shelf stacker actually asked me if he could help! At the checkout, when I said I hadn’t found the nutcrackers, the lady went and looked for them. They didn’t have any after all, but she came back with a smile. This is definitely not the service I’m used to in Monoprix on avenue de l’Opéra.

I can tell already that I’m going to love living in Blois.

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10 Responses to Our Favourite Barbecue is Back!

  1. Jill says:

    Keep up the good work guys! I got the giggles imagining you both trying to get internet reception, you rebels you 🙂 and good to see you are keeping up the aussie BBQ tradition. Keep enjoying! Jill

  2. Pamela says:

    Dear Fraussie
    The downstairs bedroom looks lovely, I particularly like the beautiful old wardrobe with the mirrored doors. And how lovely to drive to the hypermarket along such a romantic road through a forest. We once spent two weeks in a hill cottage on a farm about 6 kilometres from Monpazier. To get up to the cottage you had to drive on a narrow winding little track through forests and farms – it was like being transported into the woods of a fairy tale. Young deer would suddenly spring out of the forest and cross the track in front of us. You could imagine that at any point Red Riding Hood or a lost princess or a mysterious woodcutter might suddenly appear. Hope all continues well with the renovations – and many happy barbecues!

  3. Vonny says:

    The downstairs bedroom looks beautiful, I love the wardrobe.

    We’ve got four wild ducks in the garden at the moment it’s so funny to see them waddling across the grass!!

    I’m so sorry I didn’t make it to Blois on the Sunday afternoon and please forgive me for not phoning. Our son Jason is opening the “Parc Plage” in Montrichard and is working like mad so I’m looking after the three children and I just keep forgetting everything else. Unforgivable I know!

    • Fraussie says:

      Glad you like the bedroom! I’d love to see the ducks. Don’t worry about not coming or phoning. Not a problem at all. I quite understand. I hope we’ll be able to go to “Parc Plage” next time we’re here – the 1st May and 8th May weekends. Good luck for the opening.

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