Well after having to supply extra pieces of paper stating that Gavin is actually alive and living in this country, and several phone calls later about the dossier and how long it was going to take to complete, we are in the happy posession of a completed dossier saying that we are entitled to our grant for university and we are on a waiting list for a room in halls. Thank goodness for that.
It has been a long 2 months paying rent, travel and food bills for number one child in Bordeaux.
Then this evening it got even better as we received notification that he is being offered a room in halls which will be available immediately and we have to pay a deposit by Saturday. So I check with number one child and discovered that even though we are entitled to the grant the money is not actually in his bank account yet so I had better start selling a serious amount of amount of sausage to fund yet another months rent in bordeaux. Welcome to the expensive, next level of parenthood.
Now I do hope we get a small respite from the rain tomorrow. I am dreading winter this year for the first time. Last year with all the rain was very difficult farming andeventhough there is a large amount of green grass for the sheep to eat lots of damp has made for a very difficult seaon as far as disease and parasites are concerned. We seem to have a flush of flies again this week and does anyone else have huge spiders appearing in their houses.
We have some lovely spicy sausages at the market tomorrow so come along to try.
See you soon Helen
I am farming sheep and goats on the Dordogne/Gironde border with my husband and our 3 children. We have an on farm butchery and sell our meat direct to the public via the markets and delivery points in our local area