We had a super hot week last week, it was reaching 33 degrees celcius regularly and on Saturday our big strong piggy was not acting his usal self. Cue very careful surveillance of him and some TLC time with me on my lap and the nearest exotic’s vet number next to me…after shoving the water bottle a little forcefully near him he suddenly started lapping it all down and ate some treats from my hand and then after a cuddle started to pick slowly pick up, and he’s been totally fine again since yesterday. I was panicking in case he had heat stroke as that can be fatal for guinea pigs, but I know what signs to look out for and he recovered quickly himself. Yesterday he was popcorning and zooming around the cage like mad so I could tell he was feeling so much better, bless the little ball of fluff. Our short fat shy guinea pig has been coping with the heat remarkably well and was fine.
From today onwards though the weather is going to be more like 22 degrees celcius which after that heat feels cool. Bizarre. Much better for the piggies though and I am enjoying not sweating from places I didn’t know it was possible to sweat from. There has been some much needed rain today for the plants too.
Today me and my partner went to open a joint bank account here and also buy our civil liability insurance and home insurance, both of which are obligatory in France. We are getting poorer by the day, I really need to check whether the first installment of my Student Finance England payments have come through yet as they should have.
Tomorrow I have a little test of French language which will determine which group I am put in for French this year. I am still struggling with grammar a lot but I am looking forward to improving it. I feel bad that everyone has better language skills than us Brits. Our banker was speaking French to us and occasionally switched to decent English for my partner (who doesn’t speak much French), and then it transpired that he was actually originally from Spain and so therefore trilingual. I feel sad that I can’t speak better considering how long I have been studying it!
My partner had an interview with a babysitting agency this morning which went well although the interviewer was clear that unfortunately the pool of potential families is very small because a) his French is poor and b) most families here will not accept a male babysitter. Bad news but still there are a few families that she thinks may take him on so fingers crossed!
That’s a wrap. 😉