We are going to have to disagree on this country being a culinary marvel. I have yet to experience that compared to the 3 other countries I have lived in. However, to be fair there aren't 5500 hotels within three quarters of an hours drive here, most of which are 5 star and have some of the best chefs, food and service in the world. I am compromising big time to having all day dining (and delivery service 24/7 - and supermarkets that sell choice not 'you will only have this product!!!!) to places that can't even be bothered to open lunchtimes, and in my humble opinion, food and presentation that is of a very poor standard when they do (putting it nicely). And from what I've seen of the kitchens and the waiting staff, not the best of hygiene either, compared to the immaculate staff and kitchens (a lot 'on show') that 'my standards' have grown accustom to in Dubai. (And the supermarkets and their range of choice). I am compromising on what I do not have the choice to buy, I am compromising on what I eat on a daily basis (the bread here is also appalling - which really surprised me - and expensive). If I have the option to not compromise and try a service that provides me with that choice, surely it is my decision to do so.
I will try the butter if I can find it but I'm guessing it will still be 'unsalted' butter with salt crystals mixed in. Not quite the same. Anchor may be inadequate but I like it. And would like to have the 'choice' to buy it.
I appreciate your offer to contact you. That would be very useful. How do I do that? And where do you cook? I am desperate to find somewhere nice to eat.
When I have the veggie patch up and running at least I will have cheap, organic, on hand veggies to eat
Furniture - I have tried the local shops and further afield (Trelissac) but furniture is not in the same vein as I am after or for that matter the same quality (mid range stuff) but would be glad if anyone could recommend a specific shop/online company/place/area that, as said, one does not need to take out a second mortgage to buy.
Paint wise - it is not likely that I will have many visitors from the UK and not in the time that I would like to have it hence asking the question.
And hence why this post. I have heard of people who have done it, it is not an uncommon practice by the sounds of it and have heard of and looked up companies that deliver - especially the food. And my (English) friends are interested too. I just wanted to hear from someone who has done it (doing it) and could recommend a specific company. Can't beat recommendations of someone who has been there, done it and bought the T shirt - or in this case - UK groceries. So unless I get a reply from someone who has soon, I may just have to go out on a limb and hunt one down and try it. But always quicker if you can get an answer from someone already in the know.