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Once more unto the breach 
6th-Jul-2005 05:24 pm
knitting sketch
. . . . Follow your spirit; and, upon this charge
Cry ‘God for Harry! England and Saint George!’

We're following the spirit and are all packed ready to head Francewards tomorrow. I'm planning to buy lots of English newspapers at the Tunnel tomorrow to leave lying around in the hotels we use on the way to the boat.

The journey down to Burgundy will be at a leisurely pace and we may well decide upon two or three stopovers - depends how the mood takes us.

How long will we cruise? That again will depend on mood, and weather, and the French. No putting up with recalcitrant lock-keepers and poorly maintained facilities this year. One thing's for sure, we're going to enjoy being there in this bi-centennial year of Trafalgar, flying the red ensign and reminding those Frogs just who still rules the waves.

In the meantime, I'm off to cook a traditional English meal of liver and bacon with onion gravy and mashed spuds to celebrate London 2012 (stuff Chirac's ze Eeenglish food is terreebluh - he's obviously not heard of the revival of Great British Dishes - I wonder what his view of the Scots (and the auld alliance) will be after this G8 summit?)

Why do we have a narrowboat in France if we feel this way about the French? You haven't read the previous entry have you? Besides, France great country - shame about the French.
6th-Jul-2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
LOL. Have a great time, dear! :-)
6th-Jul-2005 07:43 pm (UTC)
Glad I made you laugh.

We'll try our best to enjoy ourselves and not gloat too much.
6th-Jul-2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
France great country - shame about the French.

How very true *g*. Have a great time and fly that red ensign with pride. Yah...boo...sucks to M. Chirac...and liver and bacon totally rules!
6th-Jul-2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
Tomight's liver and bacon may have 'ruled' a little too well, MWNN is threatening to delay our departure because it was so good and we won't get any over there.
6th-Jul-2005 05:22 pm (UTC)
Fingers crossed this is finally it. Bon Voyage!
6th-Jul-2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
I'm crossing more than fingers - and sacrificing more goats tomatoes later tonight.
6th-Jul-2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
6th-Jul-2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
I still don't know what you've got against the humble vegetable fruit. I'd get up in the middle of the night for a few decent vine-grown ones. Send any unwanted crops you need disposing of, my way, in future.
6th-Jul-2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
They're the awfulist of awful things! Have 'em. Take all of them.
6th-Jul-2005 05:23 pm (UTC)
At last :) Have a great time!
6th-Jul-2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
I go happy in the knowledge that Will has gained another fangirl - probablypossibly.
6th-Jul-2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
joins in the neener neener over 2012 with the lot of you.

6th-Jul-2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
Neener - Heee. Is that like a 'nooner' sans 'hanky panky'?
6th-Jul-2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
Have a fantastic time.

And rub it in their faces. I'm sure The Sun will manage a sutible headline tomorrow:)
6th-Jul-2005 08:00 pm (UTC)
I'm counting on it.
6th-Jul-2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
Glad you're going. Have a super time. I didn't get the papers comment until Paratti's comment, 'cos I'm thick and haven't heard the news all day.
6th-Jul-2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
You've been busy controlling hordes of your own so I'm not surprised the news came as - news.

If I'm not back before you go, enjoy The Dingle, and try to persuade your 'Im indoors about the wisdom of pre-booking accommodation before you head off.
6th-Jul-2005 08:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the good wishes, and for the advice. I'll get on his case. Can't hurt!
6th-Jul-2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
Hee hee hee :) But does this mean no hesadevil til you get back from the land of "Ah wev ma private parts at yeur aunties!"? :(
6th-Jul-2005 07:40 pm (UTC)
No Devil apart from the cruising log which I will be able to do with the help of very slow connection to LJ via email and the bluetooth Vodaphone.

This time of the year I usually have a massive sulk about missing final episodes of series I watch (none left), lack of access to other folks' WIPs, my betas, CDS, and having to struggle to understand the weather forecast for the whole of France delivered in 30 seconds by a woman with poor diction on the radio (no non-verbal signals, makes the whole thing such bloody hard work.)
6th-Jul-2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
Oh no! I'll miss you. I'll be jealous too. But hopefully meet you in October!
6th-Jul-2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, have a wonderful time, love.

Shall miss you horribly, but will be all British and stiff upper lippy until you get back. Look forward to hearing your adventures afloat. Eats lots. Drink lots. Rest lots. England expects.
6th-Jul-2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
Will miss you too. I'm leaving the Muse behind with you so the British stiff dear boy had better behave himself and look after you while I'm gone.

England expects
And I expect England to still be here when I return.
6th-Jul-2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
My muse came home! Bless him. I've written a five-parter, but I'm not at all convinced he hasn't led me astray on this one. I'm concerned that in the enthusiasm of actually writing something after so long, I may be missing the fact that the something is crap. I'm sending it to be beta'd and hoping she won't laugh.

I will try to make sure your boy behaves - but let's face it, I have bugger all control over mine. Mind you, if they both decide to try some distraction from work tactics, it could be fun.
6th-Jul-2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
I'm sure it won't be crap - far from it, and am impressed by the submission of a complete five-parter.

I tentatively started writing again after the daft vamp came crawling back after the bender the two of them had been on. I finally figured out that the poblem was the new, more metaphorical, style of writing I've been trying out. I had a quick look over some of the chapters of Family to remind me about how to move the story along. Won't be able to write much in France due to lack of research access for LA locations with which I'm not familiar.
6th-Jul-2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
Five short parts, I hasten to add. Only 1,000 words each.

Metaphors can be the very bugger.

Can I be of any help with the researching for you while you are in the uncivilised back of beyond (or France, as we sometimes call it)? I could have a folder of facts waiting for you when you get back.
6th-Jul-2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
I think I've got enough to keep me going while I'm away. I've stashed a lot of stuff on the laptop and can certainly get on with the next chapter. Thanks for the offer though, much appreciated.

I'm already plotting the possibility of two forays to Champneys in the Autumn, one courtesy of MWNN for my birthday, that I'd like to be the one you share with me, and the second one my traditional (amazing how many traditions I start with just one event) pre-Christmas relax with my old school chum friend Frances.
6th-Jul-2005 11:44 pm (UTC)
One thing's for sure, we're going to enjoy being there in this bi-centennial year of Trafalgar, flying the red ensign and reminding those Frogs just who still rules the waves.

"Rule Britannia!" she tries to say, while laughing so hard she falls off the chair.

In the meantime, I'm off to cook a traditional English meal of liver and bacon with onion gravy and mashed spuds to celebrate London 2012

I have to say I'm relieved I'm Brazilian right now. No offence.
7th-Jul-2005 05:19 pm (UTC) - What a difference a day makes
The celebrations have turned to anger and mourning.
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