Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Watergate Resolved!


When I woke up and ventured outside this morning, Chris told me he had already fixed the water.....what a hero! 

We now had running water from the cottage taps and a flushing toilet!

What bliss!

Apparently the cut pipe outside where the water had been gushing out of was a T junction. There was another pipe that went into the house. 

'Interesting' photo of the T junction!
So Chris had sealed off the cut pipe and we now had running water!! It felt so good to turn on the tap in the cottage kitchen!

I'll spare you a photo of the flushing toilet although it was just as exciting!

Much as I would have liked to stay at home all day and marvel at our running water, we needed to go to the DIY store. We had a long list of things to buy including a ladder and a generator. This would be our first experience of DIY stores in France. We had researched them online and Brico Depot appeared to be one of the cheapest so we headed for the store at Quimper about 20 miles away.

We left around at 12 noon with Spencer and Max in the van. We didn't want to leave them at the house yet. Poor Max had to go back in his carrier for the journey and he wasn't too impressed after having been used to so much freedom. We arrived at the store after a 40 minute journey, had lunch in the car park and let the animals out for a stretch.

When we ventured into the store, it was well laid out and we found most of what we needed. Unfortunately the ladder Chris wanted was out of stock but we bought a small generator at a very reasonable price (about £60). The electricity wasn't connected yet and Chris needed something for his power tools.

It was easy to spend several hours at the store and we finally arrived home about 6pm. Chris tried out the generator and his circular saw worked with it which was the most important thing.

It had been raining again most of the day but the drainage channel we had cleared yesterday was still
working all ok.

We had a nice pizza supper washed down with a bottle of Merlot.

 Of course, Spencer and Max enjoyed their tea too!

I can't believe we've been here a week already!

Had we really survived that long without running water?!

Thanks for popping by!

Maggie xx


  1. There's nothing like having to do without to make one appreciate modern conveniences! (And you had the motorhome, so not really without modern conveniences at that!)

  2. Huzzah for running water! I don't think I would be enjoying your experiences one little bit, but you certainly seem to be revelling in it all! Good for you.

  3. I like the little generator. I need a small one like that. Most of the ones I see are so big. You have gotten a lot done in a week! Max and Spencer seem to be settling in just fine.


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