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January 9, 2011

Christmas might be over in the UK, but not here in France.

Driving to Travis's birthday party last night - the dress code was 'summer' and he'd decorated the sitting room with a lilo and a big parasol suspended from the ceiling - several villages (and houses) still had their twinkly lights and Christmas trees up.

I like that about France - the fact that they are in no hurry for the party to end.

But it was a little surreal to see fellow guests dressed in shorts, sundresses, floppy hats and leopard-print chiffon. The people in Travis's village are a game and likeable bunch and it was a very enjoyable evening (a sort of rural French version of Bridget Jones's Tarts & Vicars party.)

Meanwhile, I have given myself a late (and life-changing) Christmas present. On Saturday I bought .....A DISHWASHER.

There isn't really space in my dolls-house size kitchen, which is why one hasn't been already installed. But after calculating the horrifying number of hours that I spend at the kitchen sink - and following a conversation with my trusty plumber Monsieur Artus on Friday - I decided that space had to be created somehow, even if it meant losing the only kitchen cupboard.

The dishwasher will be plumbed in next Monday and I just cannot wait. Never again will I go downstairs to be be greeted by a mound of washing up in the morning. And never again will it take a week to clear up after a dinner party.

comments (3)

1. Posted by Lyst on January 10, 2011 10:43 AM

Yes!!! When we first moved to France we only lasted 6 weeks without one. We were trying to renovate the property so piles of washing up were getting in the way. To make room, the cooker's gas cylinder went on the other side of the wall outside. Life changing indeed.

2. Posted by markyj on January 10, 2011 12:38 PM

Hurrah, washing up will never be the same again for you. And I believe it is also greener in terms of water usage, so a double saving...

3. Posted by Angela on January 18, 2011 6:28 PM

My friend says you get rid of your husband before you get rid of a dishwasher!

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