JO | 11/11/2017
A Seawife’s life – Back to basics
I am very pleased and somewhat relieved to announce that we now have the internet at the house we are staying in. Phew, what a long 4 months. We still do not have television or an oven but hey ho we can’t have everything. Although I am now able to write again, research products and items for the renovation and keep in touch with people more easily, I am somewhat sad that the children have reverted instantly to wanting their kindles rather than playing soldiers in the street, hide and seek and I must admit even I enjoyed the odd game of monopoly with them. It has somewhat opened my eyes though to how addictive technology is. When you don’t have it, you miss it but find other alternatives and things to do, when the technology is available at the touch of the button, it is too easy to just forget what else is available to you. The children are now only allowed their kindles at set times and I am only working and writing when they are in school or in bed. The lack of technology has re-inforced the meaning of actually being a family together. Anyway, that is about as deep as I go. I am not the type of person to preach or try and convert families and I love social media as much as the next and the internet is a wonderful thing.
In addition to the internet issue we have no oven. I am now a bit of a whizz with one pot wonders and the kids have enjoyed inventing meals with me. When we first moved in we did a trip around the world, cooking a meal from various countries, Chinese, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Spanish- its amazing what you can do a 3 gas hob when you put your mind to it. The slow cooker has also become my best friend. The kids however can not wait to move into the new house as all they want is a roast dinner.
The fact we have no garden has also been raised by the boys many times – how very spoilt! They stared at me in disbelief when I said there are lots of people that don’t have gardens at all and in fact we have a very big garden it is just at the new house, only a 2 minute walk away. After some moaning and a few disgruntled comments they now love playing in our road and shouting “voiture, voiture,” as a car comes around the bend. I can sit happily, scoring their sword skills (using a stick I hasten to add) whilst being waved at by the passers by, the obligatory bonjour and bisous with neighbours and I honestly feel like I have lived in this town all my life.
The renovations on the house are coming on well but have not been without problems, I will save that for a blog in its own right – it deserves it.
My lovely sailor, who has been with us for nearly 3 months has now gone back to sea. once again his rotation and trips have changed which although annoying at the time, means he should now be with us for christmas. The cold weather has set in, the house packing has begun again and hopefully we will be in the new house (phase 1) around Christmas time. If not, who cares, life is good, the boys are happy, we will all be together and we will get there in the end. No need to stress!!
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