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It seems like forever 
22nd-Jun-2005 01:26 pm
knitting sketch
since I first posted about the delay to our trip to France.

But it's not - unless 60 days counts as forever in your numerical system.

We're booked into a hotel at Calais for tomorrow night and Troyes the following night. Saturday should see us safely aboard in Pont de Vaux and out of reach of the insane demands and threats that have battered us for the last 2 months (and are still continuing).

MWNN is attending a funeral today for one of his school colleagues. A former Old Boy and Head of Science at the school, who played a significant role in the Old Boys' Association and the Friends' of QE Association.

I'm using the day to finish the (re)packing, do the final wash loads, cook a chicken, and try to restore the balance that has been sadly lacking from my life recently. I'd forgotten how destructive anger can be when it has to be repressed over and over again.
22nd-Jun-2005 01:20 pm (UTC)

Go. Relax. Recharge. Stuff the lot of them.

You and MWNN are what matters.

((hugs you hard))

Shall miss you, though...
22nd-Jun-2005 04:40 pm (UTC)

Even as we speak, I'm stuffing.

My suitcase, obviously. What else would it be? ;)

I shall be posting as regularly as I can, I just won't be able to receive any comments or reply. I like doing that, it gives me a lovely surprises to read how people have responded to various watery adventures when I come home.
22nd-Jun-2005 01:34 pm (UTC)
Hurrah! About time (I suspect you'll really need the trip now).

When are you due back?
22nd-Jun-2005 04:42 pm (UTC)
When am I back? I haven't even gone yet! LOL

Sometime early August, unless the weather is bad (and that can mean too hot as well as too much weather. I have enough bp pills to keep me going until about 10th.
22nd-Jun-2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
I thought you'd already gone. I was going to ask if you wanted to pop along to the OU Open Day last weekend but I thought you were 'over there'.

Have a safe journey over and remember to try and relax and make up for lost time :)
22nd-Jun-2005 04:45 pm (UTC)
Once I'm on the water, relaxing is as easy as breathing - unless it's too hot and then both become a little difficult.

I wouldn't have been able to go over for the Open Day, MWNN was still in Dublin and I wouldn't have been able to leave the dogs locked up for that length of time. But thanks for the thought.
22nd-Jun-2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
Meep! Can you email me the snail mail for France again, at my firewillow at livejournal dot com account? I can't fine it!

:: wails ::

(And tis good that you're getting away. Oh so good. :: hugs :: )
22nd-Jun-2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
Fear not, little fire, I shall be back in August so there's hardly any point in sending stuff to France. But I'll email you the address later today anyway, for your files.

tis good that you're getting away.

I don't like the idea that we're running away, but the boat has always been something of a sanctuary for us, so I can fool myself into calling it a tactical retreat. The original French mobile number has lapsed due to the long delay and no one in Ireland has the second one we have, so we're definitely out of reach until we wish to be otherwise.
22nd-Jun-2005 01:40 pm (UTC)
You're off! You're off! You're finally off!

Try and forget everything that's happened over the last 2 months. Enjoy yourselves. Have fun on the waterways of douce France. Relax. And don't hurry back.

(BTW, about the reimbursement: I really don't feel comfortable sticking money in an envelope end sending it through the post. It's something our postal services always warn us not to do. And, since an English ex-pat friend of mine was savvy enough to explain to me that since bank fraud is so much easier in the UK than it is over here, that's why you won't let my bank take the money out of my account and put it straight into yours, I'll bring my purse to our next meeting, okay? Unless you want to do it through PayPal?)
22nd-Jun-2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
Try and forget everything that's happened over the last 2 months

Not going to forget it. Need to make a list of all the poor decisions that were made and the damage they did. Revenge is a meal best eaten cold.

We're certainly not going to hurry back, but my need for the meds for the asthma and bp will bring us back in early August.

Don't fret over the ticket money. Bring the equivalent Euros over in October.
22nd-Jun-2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
unless 60 days counts as forever in your numerical system.

It may not be forever, but it's a bloody long time. So pleased to hear that you are finally able to get away. Have a great time away from the insanity!
22nd-Jun-2005 05:08 pm (UTC)
Just have to cope with the insanity that is the French. But they're easy by comparison. I just shout at them, usually Agincourt and Crecy at them when they get too pompous.
22nd-Jun-2005 04:59 pm (UTC)
Good for you:) Trust you have a really good break. This is the first tim ein 17 years we have not had a holiday planned in France, could be liberating? Trust the weather behaves and you have a super restful time, look forward to hearing of your adventures. I caught bits last year, when I didn't "know" you. Was confused!
22nd-Jun-2005 05:09 pm (UTC)
I caught bits last year, when I didn't "know" you. Was confused!

What confused you?

Before you answer that, what led you to read it in the first place? Was it the French Connection?

And where are you going this year if not France?
22nd-Jun-2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm easily confused! It was when you were posting Family, blood calls to blood and I followed a link? No clue from where to your LJ. I realised you were in France, I thought work?? And I didn't get the boat bit a all. Bear in mind this is a year ago, I seem to remember wondering if you were on a yatch!
(I think we might go to Eire.)
22nd-Jun-2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
You'll love Ireland. Try to avoid Dublin (and not just because of the lunacy among the in-laws, it's nothing like what it was even 10 years' ago)

Go West Young Man to find the traditional Ireland pre-scary Irish Lord of the Dance man. Mayo and Galway are my favourite places.
22nd-Jun-2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the links. We were thinking Southern Ireland?? Know of any good surfing beaches?
22nd-Jun-2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
The West coast link I sent is Southern Ireland (i.e. The Republic) It's the Atlantic Coast. If you browse the site, I'm sure you'll find something. Galway Town is a seaside resort but, not being a surfer, I wouldn't know about surfing beaches. But this site has all the info. The Dingle looks like a suitable candidate to me.

22nd-Jun-2005 06:33 pm (UTC)
Sorry! I am really bad at anything geography based. I actually got the husband to get the map, would you believe, bu7t claerly didn't take account of the wavy line that denotes the boarder. This site is exactly what we are looking for:D We trolled the net to no avail a couple of weeks ago. Thanks so much, I've bookmarked it. I shall let you know if we go.
22nd-Jun-2005 08:33 pm (UTC)
So glad you are finally going to get to your little bit of nirvana. May we all have healthy and peaceful times ahead of us!!

22nd-Jun-2005 08:53 pm (UTC)

May we all have healthy and peaceful times

And on that word healthy, we have decided against heading off tomorrow. I checked the five day forecast for Macon and the promised break in the very hot weather isn't happening. It's going to be almost 90degrees well into next week. Remembering what happened the summer of 2003 when thousands of people died in France (and here), we're not risking it. It almost killed me and the crew. We're staying where we can keep them cool until the weather breaks.

But at least this delay is one of our own chosing - and for sensible reasons.
22nd-Jun-2005 09:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, wise decisioin! We here are used to the heat, and live in a self-imposed air-conditioned hibernation from May to October. (at least). But I remember being in Europe during a hot spell, and was amazed at how few places were equipped for it!

That said, it's 97 degrees here right now. This isn't helping with my desire to do a bit of walking to ring back my stamina! ;)
22nd-Jun-2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
When we're in France we haven't even the benefit of being able to retire indoors to escape the sun. (see my next entry about narrowbaots and heat retention)

97 is definitely too hot for walking. You'll have to wait until after dark. What about swimming to build up your stamina? Or is that off the menu for avoiding infection reasons?
22nd-Jun-2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
There's just a wee bit of irritation at the incision now, so doc said wait a week before starting swimming in a public pool again. But I CAN take a bath again YAY!

Next week, I can start swimming again. Slowly :)

Of course, next week, I go to the gastrointerologist to start exploring the other issue they found when they opened me up. I think this is going to be Lisa's Summer of Fixing Her Guts. Ah well, if it helps/fixes the issues I've been dealing with for years, it's worth it!
22nd-Jun-2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
Well I really hope you have a lovely time.
Good luck with the packing and last minute travel nerves. I always get those...
22nd-Jun-2005 09:49 pm (UTC) - Thank you but . . .
we're not going tomorrow after all - see my comment to Voodoo and next LJ entry.

That way we will have a lovely time.
24th-Jun-2005 02:56 am (UTC)
I'm reading this backwards, so I already know what happened. *sigh* I'm sorry you didn't go, but I'm glad you guys are safe.
24th-Jun-2005 12:31 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry we didn't go 60 days ago. But - water under the bridge - moving on.
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