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Not an early post from the boat 
22nd-Jun-2005 09:54 pm
knitting sketch
But a response to txvoodoo's comment on the previous entry - 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 any time soon. 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. (Have you ever tried to keep cool in a narrowboat where the heat has built up over a series of days and leaving the doors and windows open does nothing to alleviate the problem? Narrowboats are designed to keep the heat in in cold, damp English winters.) We're staying where we can keep cool until the weather breaks.

I raged against the decision, but only for a little bit. Once we'd taken our after dinner strawberries and ice cream and pot of tea in the cool shade of the trees in the garden, listened to the magpie calling to his mate and watched the swallows catching insects on the slight evening breeze, I mellowed to the notion. It's not as if we're losing money by not going now as we own our boat. We can go whenever we chose. We have cast aside the Irish Forces of Chaos that have hindered us. We are still masters of our fates, Still captains of our souls.
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22nd-Jun-2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's a hard choice, but I'm sure you are right. The kids and I had all the windows and the door open today, blinds drawn and lights off and they were still complaining off and on. I couldn't blame them. They spent half the day filling up their water bottles and the other half in the loo, but what can you say, no really isn't and option:)
22nd-Jun-2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
If I remember rightly, although there's a minimum temperature governing working conditions in schools, there isn't a maximum one. I sympathise with the poor littlies, and the teachers. MWNN said the funeral saw lots of fanning of faces, even among the African boys in the choir ~(when they weren't singing). They sang Swing Low Sweet Chariot to mark the fact that the man who'd died was an English Rugby supporter.

Did you get the second link to the surfing beaches in Dingle that I sent? MWNN tells me that's the right place for you to look at - he used to holiday there with as a boy. His father used to take the children riding, but not surfing.
22nd-Jun-2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
I would hate to have had to make that decision, but speaking as someone who suffers terribly in the heat I'm sure you're right.

We have cast aside the Irish Forces of Chaos that have hindered us.

I should take the phone off the hook too...
22nd-Jun-2005 09:38 pm (UTC)
Ah but the Forces of Chaos think we went today, so there's no need. We'll switch on the answer machine as if we were away and monitor all incoming calls. See what planning ahead can achieve. They could learn a lot from us, but have chosen not to - their loss.
22nd-Jun-2005 09:53 pm (UTC)
All in all, a sensible decision. My parents are out there at the moment and they say it is ridiculously hot. We go out in 3 weeks, so hopefully there will be a bit of a break by then.
22nd-Jun-2005 10:10 pm (UTC)
I want to be back on the water, but I'm not willing to go at any cost. I'm crossing everything I have that it'll break much earlier than three weeks.
22nd-Jun-2005 09:59 pm (UTC)
OK, now I see. I'm kinda relieved for you that this time you chose to come to the decision - even if it did take a temperate weather picture to convince you.
Remembering what happened the summer of 2003 when thousands of people died in France
Yes, I spent that most of the heatwave in Germany and one weekend in Spain. You are very very very much better off in the shady part of your garden!!!
We are still masters of our fates, Still captains of our souls.
Brava!
22nd-Jun-2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
I may even get another chapter written and up before we head off.

"Why were you in Germany in the summer of 2003?" she asked nosily. (No, that's not an excerpt from the next chapter LOL)
22nd-Jun-2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
The Wheel of Fortune is really spinning.
22nd-Jun-2005 10:38 pm (UTC)
But we're able to make reasonable decisions given the way the balls are landing, instead of being at the mercy of others' emotional resposes.

So all is well.

How are you?
22nd-Jun-2005 10:25 pm (UTC)
Apparently this Sunday was the hottest one since 1976! (I was only 4, but it was hot, right?)

Your garden sounds beautiful, and wallowing in the wait and kicking back for a few days sounds like just the ticket. And considering last year's summer, it's certainly something to relish.

22nd-Jun-2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
Our daughter was 3 at the time but I remember the summer of '76 clearly - that was another long, and very hot one. We spent much of it in Penmaenmawr in a holiday cottage and Manchester, visiting my family.

Our garden is lovely. It's South-west facing so gets the sun most of the day. It's very small (about 40ftx40feet since we added the conservatory to the house 15 years ago) but it's mature now. I planted much of it over the past 25years, replacing bedding plants and annuals with shrubs and trees and, my pride and joy, an evergreen winter garden that blooms with winter mahonia, variagated holly and winter flowering clematis - all that can be viewed from the conservatory which covers the entire back wall of the house.
22nd-Jun-2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
Good for you!

It's not so much of a trial to be in England at the moment.

Just take the phone off the hook.
22nd-Jun-2005 11:18 pm (UTC)
Just spotted you over at caliente_uk's place and wondered if you were still online.

Just take the phone off the hook.
See comment about answer-machine to kathyh above.
24th-Jun-2005 02:28 am (UTC)
It's so odd - I'm so cold right now and the weather is all clouds and rain.

You know how much I look forward to your trips - I wait for the entries and keep checking for them. But I'm glad you guys aren't doing the crazy.

I'm sending cool, tropical breezes your way.
24th-Jun-2005 12:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks muchly.

Hang on - can tropical breezes be cool?

Never mind - they worked, it's raining here now and much cooler. Not in France though, 10 day forecast is for hot, hot, and hotter.
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