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Best thing seen this morning a dauchshund (?spelling) dressed as a snowman.

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14 minutes ago, Jill Sparrow said:

Jolly decent of you to give them the time off! ;)

Don't you know about the European directive about statuary holidays,Jill?:rolleyes:smile2

 

 

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1 minute ago, Waddo said:

Don't you know about the European directive about statuary holidays,Jill?:rolleyes:smile2

 

 

We’ll be out by the time they get back and then I can exploit them!

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Better check your garage Phil, they've probably took one of your cars, sold it over there and retired on the proceeds !!

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48 minutes ago, Waddo said:

the European directive about statuary holidays,Jill?:rolleyes:

You mean, under EU law, statues are entitled to holidays, too? Ludicrous! How did we ever get involved with such people?

 

Just checked my garden gnome....he's still there! :blink:

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Glad to hear it, Hope he, and the rest of your family had a good Christmas.

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The social structure here is very different to that on your side of the channel - even more so here in Provence and the Mediterranean areas.

 

It is not at all unusual to have domestic staff but things are changing and I fear that soon there will be a number of unemployed people unwilling to take on domestic duties.

 

When I first moved into this property, twenty or so years ago, there were people (figuratively) almost clamouring at the door to be given a job. Nowadays notices requesting domestic staff go unanswered for weeks on end.

 

Philippe and Rosie are both in their sixties consider their current situation as completely permanent. I am concerned that I won't be able to get any replacements when the inevitable happens. There is, of course, a reasonable chance that they will outlive me!

 

Considering EU Statutes, the French have a big tendency to ignore them.

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4 hours ago, jonab said:

It occured to me that Nottstaligans may not be aware who the people on my greeting are, so:

 

John - me

Thierry - my carer/valet

Madame (Rosie) - concierge/housekeeper

Philippe - caretaker/gardener/handyman married to Madame

Growler - my dog

Happy Christmas, your Highness.

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I wouldn't go that far, Beekay.

 

I am now physically disabled and do need a full time carer. Also, I live in a large, rather rambling, old Provence villa which takes quite a bit of looking after.

 

Any money I might have was earned by me. No inheritances, lottery wins or dubious practices - unlike some of the inhabitants of the area:)

 

 

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Lunch over at my daughters. Everything perfect. We sat down 1pm and left at 5. 30pm. The restaurant was full mostly large groups. Compliments flying so we were very proud of her. She'd worked very hard this week so now she deserves a rest. Took pics of almost every course so will post tomorrow. 

Hope everyone is happy and are now having a snooze.

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1 hour ago, jonab said:

I wouldn't go that far, Beekay.

 

I am now physically disabled and do need a full time carer. Also, I live in a large, rather rambling, old Provence villa which takes quite a bit of looking after.

 

Any money I might have was earned by me. No inheritances, lottery wins or dubious practices - unlike some of the inhabitants of the area:)

 

 

If ever you're short of an old retainer or chauffeur,  I'm  your man.

As I've  gorra minute, Happy New Year !

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Can't  wait til tomorrow, when we can get down to proper food. Ya know, Corned beef, egg and chips!!

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It was a lovely day.  Really good to spend it with my delightful Grandkids, No.1 Daughter, Son in Law and his Mum.  Daughter put on a really nice spread and even the Turkey was probably the best I've ever tasted.  Just a 'Turkey Joint'.. but  'this was not just a Turkey Joint..... it was an M&S Turkey Joint'..  :)   No faff. just roast and carve.

 

Off to No.2 daughter's shortly for a much more low key afternoon.  Just prezzies, company, nibbles and a few drinks.

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Lovely day for us, too.  Been round to one of our son's for the afternoon and evening.  All of daughter in law's extended family were there, all of whom are our friends, too anyway..... There were 13 adults,  3 older teenagers, 5 children and 2 babies.  We'd each taken different kinds of food and there was what I can only describe as a rolling buffet for a late lunch, tea and snacking inbetween!,  

All the children were good and amazingly there were no squabbles....   We talked, ate and played games, and I feel very tired and much too full!   Off to bed now, I reckon, before I fall asleep in the chair!

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Our day has been spent sitting indoors waiting for the rain to stop pi22ing down. Rained ALL day. To cap it all had a two hour power cut! Just made a cuppa, then off it went. No lights, no tv, even the external lights out. Pitch black, but good job we have some battery candles. What you might call, 'A quiet time's. Glad it's  over.

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Just collected six FREE railway sleepers from across the road - there may be more in the offing after New Year, too....whic is nice :)

 

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Referring to Jonab's comments on servants puts me in mind of my time in Ethiopia. When we first arrived we were offered a servant. This seemed a bit  on the imperial superior attitude side and so I refused. I was then taken aside and had it explained to me that all ex-pats are expected to provide employment for at least one local person, without which the local people would have serious problems due to the lack of employment in the country that was, at that time, at war with itself.  I took the servant and  paid her to work full-time but asked her to only come in part-time. That seems to  have been a good compromise and all were satisfied with the arrangement.

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48 minutes ago, Compo said:

Just collected six FREE railway sleepers from across the road - there may be more in the offing after New Year, too....whic is nice :)

 

You'll soon have enough to build a full scale train set !!

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