Back to France for a weekend of winterisation. Or in other words, make sure the pool hasn’t overflowed in the past month.

We arrived on Friday and for once decided to get an Uber. Taxis in the South of France are astronomical and we were once charged €40 to go from Nice to the airport, a journey of approximately five minutes. Ouch.

With that in mind, €40 in an Uber compared to an hour on the bus seemed reasonable.

We arrived in the dark and could instantly see the pool was a dark, green murky pond lapping at the top of the paving. We were just in the nick of time.

We also discovered a bad leak in one bedroom as builders had replaced a roof tile the wrong way and the room had flooded. Not good news at all.

It was all manageable and on Saturday the builder came to correct the tile and promised to fix the bedroom.

We dumped some chemicals into the bottle green pool and created a rather lurid concoction, not the crystalline pool of the summer and we moved the outdoor furniture, umbrella and tables under cover for the winter.

With a bit of washing and cleaning, we just had to cover the pool and we were ready for the lockdown.

With more rain forecast and the ski season already underway, it was a good thing we’d arrived this weekend.

All ready for the winter!

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