My computer is still hanging on..... JUST.
Yesterday the barn's new Cooker and Extractor-fan arrived (the previous one was the wood-fired cooker for winter cooking and heating), this one has a gas hob, and electric oven.
But this is not so much about the cooker itself (which looks good), but about the company we bought it from and its delivery.
It was ordered on-line from a company called DARTY; a well known electricals store in France.
Yesterday afternoon their brightly coloured van arrived at the barn, complete with two smartly uniformed men.
The cooker was carried into the barn, checked all over for the slightest blemish (there was none), and its legs assembled. They then proceeded to check that everything worked OK, they replaced the gas 'jets' to accommodate bottled Propane, and made sure that all the instruction manuals etc were there. Only when they were 100% happy with absolutely everything did they ask us to sign the paperwork, and set off back to Villeneuve sur Lot.
Compared to all the other deliveries we've had recently (excluding our wood-fired cooker), this was a revelation. These guys were simply 'perfection'; what a change from some of the bloody useless Bozos we've had delivering things recently.
So, anyone out there thinking of ordering electrical appliances on-line (in France), you can rely on DARTY..... I give them 10 out of 10; a very rare score.