Classic cars

There is a mechanic / garage in the street behind our house. I have walked past a few times and noticed some really nice gems being renovated in there.

Today I stopped and there were among other things Peugeot 204, Renault 4CV & 4L, Citroen DS no Citroen Mehari.

I talked to the man who appeared to be the boss and he mentioned the Tout Tacot Limouxin (TTL) where they have monthly meetings with old cars and a yearly parts exchange and show. He showed me the Renault 4L, in excellent condition, which is the top prize for the Tombola in August. I bought some tickets.

Maybe by then I shall have found and bought a Mehari.


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Impending move


I have been relatively quiet for the past few days.

Preparations for the impending move in 10 days are well under way. I would estimate that more than 70% is packed already.

Both cars are now sold.

There are a few administrative things still open. UK pensions for example. Nothing seems to be straight forward on the island, so inefficient compared to Germany and France on that score anyway.

Some concerns on how medical stuff / doctors function in France. So a trip to the “Caisse Primaire” will be top priority. This despite the fact that my German “National Insurance” insists that they will cover us 100% just as if we were still living in Germany. They just need confirmation from the “Caisse Primaire” that we are registered in France and they will send us European cards. I simply cannot believe it is that easy. Next step will be to find  doctors. Just in case I am taking enough pills to last me till May when

There are a few goodbye drinks and dinners planned still. Nothing wrong with that.

Did I mention that it is a treat to be retired. OK I admit I have been doing a bit of work and was in the office this week and have 3 meetings next week. But the no-pressure factor is simply fantastic.

Where did this week go I ask myself.

Looking forward to next week except for the forthcoming goodbyes to friends and family.


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Looking for a way to have a calendar of activities on my blog so that my friends can see when I am available (home or away). Maybe a link to Google calendar (the problem is I am not a good friend of Google).

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What a race!!!

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27 days have gone by and the battle at the front is incredible. Only a few miles separate the 2 leaders who keep overtaking each other. I receiver via Twitter news alerts and cannot wait everyday to track them on the internet.

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My Xmas card


Dear friends and family,

I am going to use the more modern way of doing things and post this year’s Christmas card on the web.

Every year I promise myself to keep in touch with all of you and despite emails, Facebook, Twitter I do not manage very well.

This passing year 2016 is a particularly weird one. It is my last year at work. Indeed I am retiring in January next year and moving down to Carcassonne in France in February. We sold our house in Germany a few days ago so the point of no return has been reached.

Am I worried? You bet I am. I do not know anyone down there. I simply wanted a new, maybe last project. I also think that the weather is more clement and I always wanted a swimming pool which I had built earlier this year.

It also means leaving behind the whole family, children and grand children. The grand kids are growing so fast. I am sure however that they will come and visit us like they did last summer.


Workwise, it was the usual overseas trips, some of which were to China where I was lucky to meet some of my old friends from the time I use to live there. I really enjoyed that.

Otherwise I have spent as much time as possible working from home. I am so fortunate to be able to do that. And since we had a brilliant spring and summer this year, most of it was done outside.


I did not play golf s much as I should have. There is no excuse really apart from these overseas trips and the need (my theory) to travel there at the weekend to be fresh on the Monday and use the full working week to fly back the following weekend. I am a fool.

On the private side, apart for one trip to Carcassonne last February and the summer holidays also there, we had an excellent few days doing a round trip to Leipzig, Dresden and Prague. Well worth a visit.


Stay safe and healthy.

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Never read the first 2 albums. They are really for collectors and cost a small fortune. Limited edition, numbered and signed by Tintin & Milou.

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You can however buy official reprints for a mere € 10,95 on the official Tintin site. I did not know that. But now I do and have ordered these 2 albums.

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World Diabetes Day

Hoping a cure can be found.

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