We seem to have spent the best part of last week in the car, searching for a cooker. To Poitiers, down to Bordeaux, over to La Rochelle and Niort more than once, but we have chosen one at last. Its a Falcon here in France, but Range Master in the UK, and what is frustrating is that the same model in the UK is about 400€ cheaper. Does anyone have room in their suitcase to bring one over? We’ve picked a kitchen too which will be delivered in 4 to 6 weeks. We were torn between fitted and free-standing but there’s assorted plumbing that runs round the room, so we thought fitted would be better. It will hide all sorts of sins. There’s work to do before it arrives, walls to rub down and paint, walls to plaster, sockets to put in and old radiator pipes to remove, plus worktop and handles to choose. The weather had been awful at the end of last week, and just as we’d decided to start work on the kitchen, it’s perked up. A lovely 20 degrees is forecast for the next few days, so the weeding has started again, plus tomorrow will be rotovating the veg patch ready to plant spuds and veg seeds.