It's raining again today, and it looks like a rainy weekend. We are waiting for the sun to come up to decide if we are going up to Blois this morning.
That's always something of an expedition — it takes the better part of an hour to drive up there, and another hour to drive back, on narrow roads through numerous villages. That takes a chunk out of your day, and you have to be careful and pay close attention along the way. It's not like cruising on a big wide expressway or freeway.
Living the life in Saint-Aignan: when we got here in 2003, we bought a Panasonic vacuum cleaner. It was one of a dozen appliances we bought as soon as we arrived here. We've had good luck with most of them, but it has never been easy to find bags for the Panasonic aspirateur. (Did you know that Panasonic makes vacuum cleaners? That Samsung makes refrigerators?)
Our local SuperU has never carried replacement bags we need for the Panasonic, even though they have bags for countless other brands and models. The SuperU in Contres, half way to Blois, used to keep the Panasonic-compatible bags in stock, but now they've vanished. I've been up there twice since Christmas looking for them.
So we have to go up to the store in Blois where we bought the vacuum cleaner, Darty, to see if they have them in stock. If not, we may well come home with a new vacuum cleaner. A bagless one. Those bags get expensive. I have my eye on a Samsung model. With a dog in the house, it's important to have a working vacuum cleaner.
So this is life "day by day in the Loire Valley." Sometimes it's a pain to live so far from the main centers, where all the shopping is.