Last weekend Dave and I went over to France to see the house, check on the builders (and pay some cash) and also to see the Lunar eclipse.. well not me but Dave…
The sun was shining, the sky was blue with not a cloud in sight, and the house refurbishment was coming on nicely.
Because we live way out in the country there is no light pollution and the solar eclipse was really visible, Wow! it was a pretty amazing site seeing a blood red moon.
It was great to see the progress that the builders are making on the house and our barn conversion. So far everything is going to plan and hopefully the house should be finished before next summer.
Yesterday was a beautiful morning so we sat out on our patio and had a leisurely 2 hour long French lunch.
We packed up the car and headed off to Caen ferry port, getting there a bit early for once we boarded the ferry without any problems.
We found our cabin, offloaded our luggage, and then had a nice early dinner in the restaurant. After about an hour and a half we realise that the ship was not moving?
Then around 30 minutes later there was an announcement over the tannoy saying that there was going to be a slight delay due to industrial action!!
Several tannoy announcements later, the captain informed everybody that the ferry had now been cancelled due to industrial action, in other words a strike!!
It then took an absolute age before we could even leave the ferry and unload our car.
Dave managed to switch the booking and get another ferry from Le Havre
We ended up having to drive all the way to Le Havre, about an hour and a half’s drive to catch a different ferry, a night crossing. Leaving at 10.45 and arriving in Portsmouth on tuesday morning at 5.45 !!
We had to wait around three hours before boarding the next ferry. This didn’t really bother me as I always carry with me a ton of videos and e-books on a USB stick and on an SD card that sits inside my phone.
We did manage to get a cabin so we both end up getting a few hours sleep….
What’s on Sarah’s SD card?
Around five years ago I once got stuck in an airport for 18 hours. It was a very boring 18 hours I had nothing to do and could not even get an Internet connection!!
Since then I’ve always made sure that I’ve got plenty of things that I can watch on my mobile phone or laptop even without an Internet connection.
So I put together a folder which contains :
– Around 20 Internet marketing e-books
– Several days worth of Internet marketing seminar Videos.
– Several days worth of Internet marketing audios.
– Four or five feature films
– Plus a ton of TV shows.
This all fits on an SD card and a USB stick which I keep in my handbag……
This is a great get-out-of-jail-free card whenever you find yourself stuck in an airport or ferry port with a lot of time on your hands…..
SO WHAT’S ON YOURS ??
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For the last 2 weeks I have been at my house in France- which is why you haven’t heard anything from me.
Now, as you may know, the house is completely isolated from the digital world many of us live in, no fibre-optic cable, no mobile phone signal, no television…
So it wasn’t so much a case of deciding to have a digital break.. it was pretty well enforced on me !!
Thing is though, I haven’t really missed it.
The first week I had my sister and her family over and it was just great to spend time with them, especially her 2 children.
Last week my mum came over and it was nice to spend time with her.
I think we all have a tendency to become slaves to our mobile phones and email, (and the bad news on TV), and when you break from this routine I think it helps to change your thought patterns, gives you some new insights on all sorts of stuff.
French translation app
So there I was sitting in a restaurant last week in Granville France. The menus were all in French and I don’t speak a word of French.
My mother and I managed to muddle through but I remember thinking how much easier this would be if I had a mobile phone with a translation app.
I am in France for another 3 days and I have only now opened my laptop and turned on my mobile phone…
One thing i have been playing with this morning is the google translation app which will translate French to English.
You speak into it and, although the voice recognition is not great,it will translate directly into French and say it out loud.
I’m going to give this a try later when I go out to the shops, I think I’ll do a test beforehand with my gardener – who is bilingual – first. I really want to find out how accurate it is and hope I won’t embarrass myself.
The only downside to these apps is that you need an Internet connection. Not sure if they’ve got 3G Internet in my local village??
Renovating The New House
Renovating The New House
As you may have picked up from previous emails Dave and I recently bought my next door neighbours house for peanuts at an auction – when the bank repossessed it.
My sister did a bit of research and found the original advertisement placed by my neighbours when they put the house up for sale 4 years ago.
The asking price was €380,000…. and we got it for €65,000 !
The moral of the story is that the value of anything depends upon what others are prepared to pay, not what you think its worth….
So we have started renovating the house.
Now Dave and I did a lot of the work ourselves on our first French house, knocking down walls, painting and decorating, re-doing the electrics etc etc
Which is why it took so long to finish !
One thing I think I am pretty good at is working out how to do things faster and easier so this time I am NOT trying to do everything myself.
Delegating has not been one of my strong points, but I know I need to do it more and get better at it.
So this time I am treating the whole renovation as one big outsourcing job.
Just as if I was creating a piece of software or a new website.
I have been working out first of all what I want the renovated house to be able to DO.
(Its going to be a holiday let – to get a return on my investment – make my assets work for me)
From there I have worked down to what the house (and the land) need to have in order to be able to meet my objectives.
(For example, having a games room where a family can entertain themselves in the evenings or when the weather is not so good).
I have also been getting together ideas of how I want each individual room to look and how that fits in with the overall “look and feel” for the place. Pinterest has been useful for that.
And I have also been hiring builders and labourers to do the actual work – they have started already !
One thing I have worked out is that you soon find out what people are good at and what they are not so good at..
So…… when the family came over the first thing that surprised them was the scale of the renovation work.
The second thing that surprised them was that I could get the project started so quickly, and that such rapid progress could be made.
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