Archive | March, 2022

Spring is here

1 Mar

It does seem as though spring has arrived here in the south west of France. The garden is springing into life and the birds are very active.

It is always good to welcome spring. The days start getting longer than night (from 21 March) and the electricity bills rocket downwards. Hooray!

Here the French government has limited the rise in electricity prices to 5% for the rest of the year. Our highest monthly bill was 450€ so you can imagine how welcome that is.

Also this year, because we are pensioners, we received 340€ as an energy cheque which is given to the electricity provider and is offset against the bill. We also received an exceptional payment of 100€ via a tax refund to cover inflation plus a further 100€ bonus from our French pension provider to help defray extra costs. All very helpful!

Each morning we take the dogs out for a walk. We usually go round the sports field opposite the pharmacy in Leuc. Sometimes we cross the railway line that runs alongside the road near we live and walk past the vineyards. Another popular place is the green space alongside the river behind the chateau. Very healthy!

My right knee is now quite worn due to the rheumatoid arthritis So to avoid having a replacement, I’ve been having twice weekly visits to the physio, to strengthen the joint. It’s quite fun; first he applies a TENS machine to the joint for 10 minutes. Then it’s 10 minutes pushing down with my foot on a big inflatable ball; then it’s 60 repetitions on a machine where my legs push against a weight.

Today I walked over 6,000 steps and 2.5 kms, so the exercise is working!