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Update for the last month

October 16, 2010

Goodness me, nearly a month has passed and I’ve written nothing.

It amazes me how people like Z and LOM can lead far busier lives than I do and yet still  post regularly.

Well my first ‘excuse’ is that I got the job teaching English on Mondays but it takes quite a bit longer to prepare for the classes –  all at different levels.  However, my students, mostly retired teachers, are really pleasant and friendly.

At the end of September one of my ‘new sisters’, Daphne, came to stay for a few days with her partner, Johnny. The last time they came we went to a little bar on Belgium where Johnny took a fancy to the beer glass they served his Guinness in.  It was shaped like a thistle. We asked the lady if she would sell it to us but she refused and said they were on sale at the little supermarket in the town. Unfortunately  it was closed and when we went back on the following Monday we found that, like many shops in this area, they were closed for the day.

So we went back to the same Belgian town and looked in vain for the glass Johnny wanted. The supermarket had a wide range of beer glasses but not the one we wanted. We went back to the bar and asked again if they would sell us  the glass. The younger lady said if it was up to her there wouldn’t be a problem but – ‘Maman . . . . .’ with a glance in the direction of the miserable looking woman behind the bar.

“That’s OK,” I said, “We understand” and off we went.

We hadn’t got more than a few yards when she ran after us, stuffed the glass in my hands, saying “Shhhh” and then she scuttled back to the bar before we could thank her properly.

Johnny thought, at first, that I’d knicked it, and was quite embarrassed but when I explained, he was over the moon. We have decided that we will take her a little present next time we go that way.

The kitchen makeover gound to a halt at the end of August and Pascal hasn’t been near nor by since then. However, we have found another neighbour who has made a start on the tiling. He seems much more efficient than Pascal and certanly makes a lot less mess so I think we’ve found a little treasure in Guy. CC chose tiles ‘a l’ancienne’ which are not straight edged. They look really lovely but are not so easy to put up. Guy’s word was ‘chiant’ (shitty) but he is tackling the job without complaining.

Questions from Helen’s latest Blog

August 4, 2010

As I’m finding it difficult to put fingers to keyboard and write anything even remotely interesting I’ve unashamedly pinched this meme from Helen’s blog.  I should point out that LOM found it on Judy’s site so many thianks to them both.

Twenty Questions

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing that you thought? —My roots are showing and I need a haircut.

2. Do you miss anyone right now? — Not really.

3. If you could move anywhere else, would you? — I love my present house but if ever we were to win the lottery I’d love to live in a chateau and invite all my friends and family to stay.

4. If you could choose, what would your last meal be? — Don’t mind – I’ll eat virtually anything.

5. What famous person, dead or alive, would you want to have lunch with? – Solti

6. What was the last book you read? —To Kill a Mockingbird

7. What was the last movie you watched?—Harry Potter
8. What was the last song you heard? —Several  Jaques Brel numbers

9. What’s your dream vacation?—Don’t really want to go away.

10. What is the next trip you’ll take? — See above

11. Did you ever go to camp? –No

12. Have you ever been in love? –Yes – several times.

13. What do you want to know about the future?—Everything

14. Where is your best friend?—In Athens

15. How is your best friend? —Much fitter, slimmer  and healthier than I am!

16. Who is the biggest gossiper you know? —Exchanging gossip in French makes tings difficult.

17. What does your last text message say? —T’a raison

18. What are 3 things you’ve always wanted to do, that you still plan to accomplish? —-Learn to garden successfully,  get back to playing the piano, lose weight.

19. What is one thing you’ve learned from your parents? —You make your bed: you  must lie on it.
20. What is one thing you hope to teach your own children? —How to be practical and self sufficient.

Award – again!

September 13, 2008

Many thanks to Little Old Me for this award. 

I love all the blogs on my sidebar but, if I can only pass this on to three people then it’s going to be:

z in Norfolk because she manages to take ordinary, everyday incidents and make them into interesting and amusing posts. She has the knack of reminding you of your own past, or likes and dislikes and so is a great source of food for thought.

Canisfamiliaris – a most enjoyable diary about training an adorable Bedlington terrier called Beattie. She has completely transformed her owner’s life and it is a real pleasure to read about their adventures together.  They often go walking in the Lake District and Beattie is clocking up a goodly number of Wainwright’s walks. However, the latest post is on a different subject which strikes dangerously close to home in my present state of health!!

Lorraine at Meandthecat  – because, despite the title of her blog she has only recently acquired an actual cat: a lively little number called Snickers who is obviously going to be thoroughly spoiled (as all cats should be).

And I’m going to squeeze in one more ‘Cat’ award to Caturday because this blog is packed full of photos and stories about ‘rescued’ cats who go and live in the cat hotel until they find new homes. If I lived nearer you can bet  I’d have 77 cats instead of just seven – so it’s probably a good thing that all those loveable, furry felines are inaccessible to me.


August 22, 2008

Pat from Past Imperfect has very kindly given me my first ever award!

Unfortunately I don’t know how to put it on my sidebar but there it is up at the top for all to see!!

In case you haven’t yet visited her blog she is writing a fascinating autobiography interspersed with ‘asides’ about the present day, and believe me, she certainly gets out and about.

She has shared her life story from training to be a children’s nurse, beoming a model, working in film and TV and running her own business, whilst also giving us an insight into her family life. Hopefully, it will soon appear in book form.

If I had to choose another blogger to pass this award it would be an impossible decision. Everyone on my sidebar is there because I enjoy reading what they have to say and I try to visit on an almost daily basis.

So, once again, many thanks to Pat and a huge thank you to all the virtual friends I’ve met through blogging. Consider yourselves well and truly awarded one and all.