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Just wiling away the hours 
28th-Jun-2005 06:03 pm
knitting sketch
creating a mood theme in preparation for a new makeover that includes a banner. Thanks to an offer by hannahclarke to manage the complicated business of putting a banner on my Journal, I am busily finding images to create enough watery mood pictures.

Of course that means that the writing has gone on hold as I now have the perfect distraction a valid excuse for not getting on with it.

The decision to not go to France last week was a sound one - the news is beginning to resemble that of 2003 with heat-related deaths and warnings for those with respiritary problems.
28th-Jun-2005 05:52 pm (UTC)
How's that??
28th-Jun-2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
Is stunned!

Thank you soooo much.

Think I'll go and change the background now, all that moving water's water's making me seasick. I need a calm neutral one with no movement.

You don't take fanfic banner commissions by any chance do you?
28th-Jun-2005 06:23 pm (UTC)
Cool!! Am pleased you are happy with it.

I do take commissions. Just email me the pictures you want me to use, any text, size or colouring and I can whip something up - no probs.
28th-Jun-2005 06:56 pm (UTC)
I haven't any images in mind other than Spike must feature prominently.

If you want a feel for the theme of the fic, the first six parts are here. You can see my first attempt at designing a banner on the Prologue. Someone made a lovely one on the reverse artathon but the rules didn't allow me to adopt it as the images were meant to inspire fiction and I'd already begun to post Soul Searching.
28th-Jun-2005 07:09 pm (UTC)
I don't actually read fic as I can never seem to find the time, but I can certainly sort something out banner wise.

Leave it with me and I'll see what I come up with
28th-Jun-2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
Glad you made the right decision. We have sports' day tomorrow, the forecast is dreadful- rain.
On a related note we are stocking up with wetsuits with a view to Irish Atlantic as opposed to the Vendee.
28th-Jun-2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
School sports day wouldn't be school sports day without a thorough downpour.

Have you booked somewhere in Dingle then?

Is all excited on your behalf.
28th-Jun-2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
Nothing booked. plan is to just turn up and find something. husband's plan! Also involves the tent, yeah, any suggestions??
Actually am hoping for a caravan, really. I like the freedom but it's not atent, mostly it's not a tent. Eire's like Wales isn't it, I think he's missingthe point, you know, rain, lots of it, randomly.
28th-Jun-2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
I love the new banner! :)

It looks like you definitely made the right decision. We go to Spain in just over three weeks and I'm beginning to worry about how hot it's likely to be...especially for my daughter. Thank goodness for air conditioning!
28th-Jun-2005 08:38 pm (UTC)
We've just been discussing the likelyhood that we won't be going to the boat until the autumn over a Chinese takeaway.

If the hotel you're going to has air conditioning I would think that could well be a life-saver. If this year is anything like 2003, we haven't seen the last of the hot weather. We've just been discussing the likelyhood that we won't be going to the boat until the autumn.
28th-Jun-2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
I've made sure that the hotel we're staying in has air conditioning. And our hire car. Two weeks in Spain at this time of year without it would be unbearable.

I think going in the autumn sounds like the right idea. :)
28th-Jun-2005 09:17 pm (UTC)
We're very lucky having our own 'second home' over there. We can go when we choose and for as long or little as we choose. We don't feel any sense of obligation to go because we'd be losing money by not going.
28th-Jun-2005 08:55 pm (UTC)
The site's looking beautiful! This banner business is most intriguing.

Glad you're avoiding the worst of the heat - it always seems unbelievable that the heat we long for so much in this country can have such awful consequences. But I can imagine aboard a boat where there's no way to get away from it, it must be unbearable.
29th-Jun-2005 10:36 am (UTC)
I'm sure I could learn to put up the banner myself but my first attempt at an 'easy step-by-step guide' left my brain in a tangled knot. So when Hannah offered, I jumnped at it.

Yes, the boat IS unbearable in the heat, particularly when it's a prolongued period; the boat just never cools down. The dogs are the first to suffer, then my asthmatic lungs. We made the RIGHT decision.

Wasn't the storm wonderful last night - and oooh you posted another chapter - ::gallops away to print it off to read later::
28th-Jun-2005 11:27 pm (UTC)
"with heat-related deaths and warnings for those with respiritary problems."

Minus the deaths, sounds like a typical day in Dallas. Pretty much all summer, our pollution warnings are so bad that no one should go outside. Why they'd WANT to go outside in 100+ degree heat is beyond me, anyways.
29th-Jun-2005 10:32 am (UTC)
Why they'd WANT to go outside in 100+ degree heat is beyond me

For totally crazy reasons like going to work (those poor sods who still have to do that and haven't 'escaped early') or do the shopping, or walk the dogs. (There's only so many days ours will put up with go do it in the garden. We've taken to walking them very early in the morning before the heat builds up.). Last night in France, in the region we keep the boat, the night temperature didn't drop below 72 degrees. That's a hot DAYtime temperature by English standards.

I suspect that you're all geared up to staying in with air-conditioned houses and cars - the French, not so much, and the English even less so.
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