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I would imagine that people start shimmering around in next to nothing to trap the rays.  Men included.  Get those baggy shorts, open toed sandals and white socks sorted now.  The handkerchief isn't compulsory but has a certain charm, don't you think?

Up here in the North we keep our vest's on until  at least 1st June.

Saying that, glorious here.

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Well it's starting to come alive. Told the tourist office we are now open, 24 hrs later first guest. Most of the jobs are done just waiting for new glass for a shower to arrive and have a light to fit outside and a new cover to put on the Fosse septic then the work is finished. Next challenge is the veg patch, three tonnes of manure to rotovate in...mmmmmm nice.......

Thought I would have a go a snow boarding this year, mainly from the bar of course. A visit to Toulouse for the sales might be in order.

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there is so much going on at this end at the moment I don`t know If I am coming or going!

We seem to spend 3 days a week making trips to CPAM at Perpignan Sorting out `lost` paperwork.

We have bought a new(to us ) car as the other has low profile tyres and wasn`t suitable for our large caravan....so another car to import and I am now busy valeting the other to sell,(and that is something else I have remembered ....must look up low profile Alloys on babel fish...unless any of you have got too much time on their hands  and then I`ll send you the ad to translate:ermm

Went to the sales yesterday and picked up some brill clothes for the girls.

Daffodils are budding nicely, weather is glorious but still sweatshirt temperatures.

The real highlight in my day is that the men have just been round to take down the christmas decorations and dropped them.............suppose I should get my pinny on and brush out save the houseproud oldies a job!

Oh and a real nerve wracking moment the other day, I was returning from Spain on my own and decided to use the autoroute.....When I reached checkpoint Charlie , the duannes stopped me , I didn`t even have a bottle of wine or a packet of fags, but boy did I feel as if I had something to hide!

Come on Rob , tell us how many boxes you have packed and unpacked ready for your move?

Mrs O

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OK. Progress so far:

Boxes packed - nil; Rooms redecorated (Letting Agents' orders) - 3; Suitcases of photographs examined (before being mostly thrown-out) - 2; Linen purchases - lots; Furniture purchases - some; Driving licence (photo cards) applied for - 2; Insurance Forms completed - several; Clothes thrown away - loads; Resignations written - 1; Decisions taken on what to bring, what will stay in England - only a few.

Things yet to do - hundreds and hundreds - HELP! 

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With the weather as it has been, we have postponed hibernation for the time being which has fooled me a bit with DIY. I tend to have "inside and outside jobs" that depend on the weather, the result being that no inside jobs are being done and that means a few moans from a certain quarter.

My definition of a bad day now is a few clouds about. My neighbour says we are going to pay for it any time now!

We even have lizards out sunbathing. In January???

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We have had some loverly days here this winter. I brought a fur hat from Russia in October because last year the wind was VERY cold but have still to use it. Also my 'real' winter coat with fur collar is still in the dry cleaners bag from last year. That said we have had a couple of very cold mornings with a light frost but by about 10am it start to warm up. I even had to have the aircon on in the car in late November this year and often drive with the car window open.

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Bon anne, Mary and Jane

What are you lot doing,

blinking waking me up when i'm in hibernation.

Pip , just lock the door and throw away the keys then you don't have to worry about what to pack or save et al. A new life and all that.

Hope J.M. did a good job on your place, went down for crimbo only to find our new roof had leaked yet again! V shaped lambris , soaked rugs, plaster lifting from walls. Merry b*$d&  christmas. not. He has since been back and refitted the velux window on the assumption that this was the cause of the ingress of eau. We hold our breath. Left him a key so he can return when pluie? to check all is well....

Tip when crossing the border or arriving back in GB , when going through customs, try to be behind an obscure foreign car, ie Austrian or Swiss because they will be stopped and you following will be waved through..! It works trust me i'm not a doctor.

Back to bed now. Have made bed and going to lie in it.

Terry

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JOH, If I`d had an hour to spare to look for an `estranger` plated car to follow then I would have done the smugglers route through le perthus, not many cars to be seen on the auto route in Jan....but waggons, now that is another tale, they were backed up about 2 miles waiting to get through as there is a purge on at the moment. They got another HGV last week with tonnes of cannibis resin on board(Irish driver)
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We want to do just what Terry says. If only!

The fuss is because we have to let the UK place until it gets sold. So things have to stay - or go to a lockup - or come out with us. We seem to have collected so much cr*p. Its not exactly rubbish, but we're not so attached to it anymore. And the new residents are likely to be three or four young 'ladies' from the local school of dramatic arts.  At least, that is the way the letting agency describes them. We are going some careful thought about their routine activities, and how best to meet their needs.  

But I want to get on with mole hunting and the other distinctively Quillanaisse pursuits. I'm sure it will be an eye opener. Speaking of which, I seem to recall having seen hergoodself gardening in wellies and swimming gear. Or maybe that was a dream fragment. Anyhow, there is a lot to see.

I have also noticed what I assume is a new breed of reactionary tourism taking hold in Quillan. People sitting blank-faced on the pavement outside the baker's shop, with upturned hat and downcast dog. It must be a silent commentary on the indifferent quality of the public seating or perhaps a new 'canines against cakes' movement. I will soon know.

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Piprob, you know all the stuff you put into storage and the other stuff you bring to France with you.....well I`ll bet you (I`ll have to think of a good wager,`cos Ill win!!) that when you bring the stuff out of storage and unpack the others you bring to France, that you will look at it all again and chuck out even more and wonder why you held on to it!                      Mrs O......Not being Madame any more , on the way to Figures the other day, (not the autoroute, the route national) there is a hotel,which used to have a lovely restaurant, and is now a nightclub called Madames,and this is my opinion (just incase anyone frequents this place) It looks like a bordello,going by the ladies who stand at the laybys on this route!
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OK I am really awake now with all this noise in this regional page.

Look Pip , re: moving s^"tLO*ds of possessions, if you hav'nt used it in the past three months throw it away as you have not used it , so obviously don't need it. 2. Bordello's, To old now. But that does remind me to renew my prescription of viagra. (might come in handy one day) Which is another dream I had.

Anyway

 now I'm up (not viagra induced),,,,

Are you old enough to remember having your milk delivered by the milkman? Here are some funny notes left to those trusty men.

"Dear Milkman, I've just had a baby, please leave another one."

"Please leave an extra pint of paralysed milk."

"Please don't leave any more milk. All they do is drink it"

"Milkman please close the gate behind you because the birds keep pecking the tops off the milk."

"Sorry not to have paid your bill before, but my wife had a baby and I've been carrying it around in my pocket for weeks."

"Sorry about yesterdays note. I didn't mean one egg and a dozen pints, but the other way round."

"When you leave my milk knock on my bedroom window and wake me because I want you 'to give me a hand to turn the mattress."

"Please knock. My TV's broken down and I missed last nights 'Sopranos' . If you saw it, will you tell me what happened."

My daughter says she wants a milkshake. Do you do it before you deliver or do I have to shake the bottle."

"Please send me a form for cheap milk, for I have a baby two months old and did not know about it until a neighbour told me."

"Milk is needed for the baby. Father is unable to supply it."

"From now on please leave two pints every other day and one pint on the days in between, except Wednesdays and Saturdays when I don't want any milk."

My back door is open. Please put milk in 'fridge, get money out of cup in drawer and leave change on kitchen table , because we want to play bingo tonight."

"Please leave no milk today. When I say today, I mean tomorrow, for I wrote this note yesterday."

"When you come with the milk please put the coal on the boiler, let dog out and put newspaper inside the screen door. PS. Don't leave any milk."

"No milk. Please do not leave milk at No. 14 either as he is dead until further notice."

Happy new Year

Terry

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