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There are definitely fors and againsts to living in rural France. A week ago last Saturday a sudden summer storm presented us with the biggest clap of thunder and flash of lightning that I’ve ever heard and seen. At the same moment the phone made a loud ‘PING’ and that was that, phone and email down for a week while we sorted out a new modem router. It’s a bit of a strange feeling being completely incommunicado, except for a mobile phone that only works if you walk up the hill behind the house.

Being offline has meant no WordPressing, so apologies to all those whose blogs I follow. When I looked at my list of emails this morning the prospect of trying to view the multitude of new posts was just too daunting. So I’m starting afresh as of today. Thanks to all of you for any ‘likes’ that you’ve left for me. I have managed to reply to comments.

One positive to being computerless for a week was that the house looks considerably cleaner! I spring – (summer?) cleaned the kitchen and caught up with loads of jobs that had been gathering dust.