AKA: The Reason This Blog Hasn't Been Updated in the Last 3 Weeks...also a lesson in Irony OR why we shouldn't roll our eyes at our French connectivity difficulties...
France: A while ago I wrote about the challenges we've been facing dragging our little wooden chalet kicking and screaming into world wide web connectivity. Well - it's still very much kicking and indeed loudly screaming. Though to be fair to it, not entirely it's fault. Darren and our v helpful weekend guests (sorry, and thank you) spent Easter Sunday pickaxing up a trench to lay some plastic pipework down, encasing an internet cable, ahead of a telecomms chap's visit to join that cable to the internet connection box on the road above the chalet.
Well - the oh so boring update is that these difficulties are still ongoing. It turned out when the Telecom chap came again back in June, that our comms box is actually on the other side of the road from our chalet. Meaning that the road now has to be dug up to connect our little trench/ pipe/ wire to it (photo above is what the trench currently looks like in the summer - wifi cabling is so nourishing plant wise). Thankfully not to be dug up by Darren and our Easter Guests, or indeed any future guests, so an application has been made to the Mairie for the road to be dug and the cable to be laid down. And all being well, we'll have WiFi by the time our first guests arrive in December. I'm absolutely certain it will take that time to get this sorted. Which is totally ok...but it HAS to be in by then. 9 months to get internet, when all chalets around us are already connected? Fine.
Sharp Eyes: Particularly observant types might question why it took TWO visits by the Telecomms chap to work a key detail/ challenge out; first visit to establish no existing phone line, and trench needed, second visit to connect newly laid wire and realise that ah, it can't actually be done. Shame I'm not that observant...
England: Not content at just having a chalet renovation on the to do list, we've also been moving house in the UK recently. This has proved to be irritatingly troublesome blog-posting-wise on two fronts. Firstly, because moving is TERRIFICALLY time consuming and frankly very tedious. Secondly, because the day we moved into our new place we'd organised (Darren is SO organised) for immediate on the day internet installation with helpful Virgin. Then the chaps arrived, only to inform us that our comms box was on the other side of the road to the house...yep - that's what actual deja-vu feels like.
London Irony: So we haven't had internet in the UK for a few weeks while another internet company thought about making an appointment...which rather gets in the way of any writing or updating.
Which has been ENORMOUSLY frustrating, because, very excitingly, the renovation work HAS ACTUALLY BEGUN!
[Good thing I work in publishing - I can recognise a cliffhanger moment. Albeit really dissimilar in tension/ plot to the Lee Child type cliffhangers of the world...]