Anyway, after three days of solid effort we are finally getting close. I'm sorting through a huge collection of odds and ends in the lounge and Ange is working on finishing the kitchen. The downstairs room that we are using for storage is packed to the ceiling and is near overflowing. Some of the kids toys will need to go under the house,
We have five days until James and George more in!!!!
Saturday, 29 December 2007
Thursday, 27 December 2007
|Received a phone call today from the French consulate in Wellington relaying a question that had come from Paris. Our reply was that we had submitted the paperwork in question along with Visa application. |
They confirmed this was correct and said that they would get in touch/ check with Paris to confirm that they also have the information at their end.
These things take time and patience is the key.
Tuesday, 25 December 2007
Saturday, 22 December 2007
|Countdown:||I've had to reset / remove the countdown.. see later post of 6th Jan. Still waiting for visas - so we are going to hold out for the end of January. |
|Visa Status:||Still Pending - been nervous about this from the start |
Anxiously waiting to see the courier van pull up in the driveway
|Flights:||Booked and paid for, open ticket on Emirates|
|Property in France:||Rental agreement signed, deposit paid|
|Schools in France:||The three boys have been accepted at Le Got school, 10 minutes drive away|
|NZ Property:||We have rented property to my good friend James and his partner George(nia). They have stored all their stuff downstairs and move in on the 5th Jan. |
We move into Trev & Lyn house on the 27th Dec and stay until the 15th.
|Packing in NZ:||We have 10-11 days get all our stuff sorted and packed up.|
|Car for France:||We have decided to go with a 6 month Eurolease of a Peugeot 307 SW. We pick this up in Paris on 16th January.|
|Getting There:||We have a luggage allowance of 100kg on our flights and will send surplus stuff via unaccompanied baggage.|
Friday, 21 December 2007
Another family milestone. Today was James last day at Tots Corner childcare centre. Jack moved to Tots in 2001, Henry started there that same year in the baby room. It was quite emotional saying goodbye as we have built a special relationship with all the staff at Tots, the kids especially have great memories and have made some friends that I'm sure they will keep for life.
We cannot speak highly enough of the professionalism, commitment and quality of the early childhood education provided at Tots. Lorraine has a fantastic team of teachers, we hope to stay in touch with many of them in the years ahead. We may even get a visitor or two in France.
To all the staff at Tots, but especially the teachers we have had direct contact with, Lorraine, Fran, Bronwen, Kate, Bex, Amy and Joanne thank you.
Wednesday, 19 December 2007
Saturday, 1 December 2007
I think that David Beckham is the best footballer in the world. David Beckham came to New Zealand for a soccer game La Galaxy vs Wellington Phoenix.
Beckham got a penalty goal. It was cool seeing David Beckham on tv.
The region is often called the "Gateway to the Périgord". Bergerac is home to beautiful cobbled streets and greenery. Despite widespread devastation during the Wars of Religion when most of its Protestant inhabitants fled abroad, Bergerac is still an attractive market town. The old quarter and the old harbour are particularly delightful boasting late-medieval houses and drinking fountains on street corners. The town comes alive on market days (Wednesday & Saturday) when you'll see an array of excellent local produce on display. Try to get hold of some of the white, velvety Montbazillac wine which is often drunk on special occasions. For the connoisseurs among you head to the slopes north of the river where you'll find small wine growers producing some excellent red Bergeracs.
Bergerac is a useful stopover for the prehistoric sites & the Vezere Valley (see also Perigueux and Sarlat for attractions).
Bergerac is served by an airport (code EGC), which has internal flights, and routes to many UK airports including London Stansted Airport. Bergerac has an SNCF station with regular services to Bordeaux and Sarlat-la-Canéda.