I’m writing this from France - yes, I’m back in Beaujolais again. I arrived last Wednesday, it’s now Monday evening - and I’ve had the most ill-omened few days of recent years.
On Friday, all the lights in Serge’s little house went out - twice. When they came back on again, the water-heating system had given up the ghost. (I wonder what that is in French? Abandonner le fantôme? That doesn’t sound right.)
Getting a plumber to do anything quickly is even trickier in France than it is in England. So the only hot water we’ve had for three days has been heated in pots and pans. This has leant a kind of wartime bonhomie to all-over standing body washes in front of the kitchen sink, as you can imagine.
As everyone knows, misfortunes never come alone. Today, Serge fell 15ft off the top of a truck and spent the whole day in hospital. He’s hurt his neck, sprained his wrist and chipped his coccyx - all of which is very painful indeed and puts an absence of hot water into perspective.
As I write, he is soldiering bravely on - watching the French equivalent of The One Show and eating far too many chocolates.
As my Nana used to say...no-one has died and no war has started, so things could be a lot worse.
It’s still been a strange few days though. And it’s sooooo cold here, too....
Anyway - I hope you’ll forgive me if I make this a fairly clipped posting. Things will be back to normal next time.
Until then, I've included some photos I took today in Lyon. I hope they give you some idea of what an atmospheric and charming city it is.
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