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14th-Jul-2005 10:17 am
knitting sketch
The summer cruise is officially cancelled. We may take a short autumn cruise, beginning at the end of August, it will all depend, we're taking things one day at a time

One good thing (well several to be fair) to come out of the few days bed rest. I discovered the following:

* I found a two-day intensive Tai Chi course at the local health centre (I've been looking for an intensive course to refresh the rusty skills for a couple of years). It's in mid-August and fits nicely with MWNN's plans to meet a group of former students at the end of July.

* Enforced idleness was productive on the writing front. Despite the absent Muse, I was able to finish the next chapter (and have material over for the following one) which is out for beta-ing. (Someone should put up the grammatical rules for that word, I'm never sure of some of its forms.)

* Gilbert and Sullivan at The Proms on Saturday. I thought it was going to be Yeoman of the Guard (my favourite), but that's relegated to the Overture (certainly the finest one) only. It's the gay pirate thingy - not to be missed.

* calove has put up the first three parts of a series set on Parliament Hill. This spot holds many memories for me, some good, some not, because I taught for a number of years at the girls' school which lies at the bottom of the hill on the Camden side. Go read - this is an example of stunningly fine writing.

PS - thanks to everyone who responded to the last entry, I'll try to reply when we get back from the dog walk.
14th-Jul-2005 10:59 am (UTC)
awww.. I'm sorry it didn't work out for you.
14th-Jul-2005 02:07 pm (UTC)
Not to worry. I'll be around for the announcement. That's got to be a plus.
14th-Jul-2005 11:20 am (UTC)
Oh P., I am sorry -- though the Tai Chi and the unblocking of the writer's block are all to the good...

(Someone should put up the gramatical rules for that word, ..)

Pssst -- grammatical. ;-)
14th-Jul-2005 02:07 pm (UTC)
Tai Chi, unblocking and G&S this Saturday. What more could I want - apart from a new pair of lungs?

Fixed the grammar - thanks.
14th-Jul-2005 11:37 am (UTC)
Looks like it's ging to be a long hot summer. You might be better off.
14th-Jul-2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
14th-Jul-2005 11:42 am (UTC)
I'm sorry your trip had to be cancelled. *hugs*
14th-Jul-2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
Me too. I've yet to let go of the anger at losing the opportunity in May and June, when all that faffing was going on in Dublin. Working on it, I'm working on it. Last week's events put everything back firmly in perspective.
14th-Jul-2005 11:59 am (UTC)
Your trip did seem to be fated. Sorry it had to be cancelled but maybe rethinking it as an autumn cruise will break the jinx. Hope you're feeling better.
14th-Jul-2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
I get a little better each day, but it seems to be a case of one step forward one and half steps back some days. The weather isn't helping, my lungs are creaking.
14th-Jul-2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
The weather will be so much nicer in August, I hope you get to go this year :)

But yay, you won't miss any announcements. I know it's crap, but it's something :is lame:
14th-Jul-2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
^ see ^ dancing at not missing the announcement.

Is looking forward to gay pirates on The Proms.

#For he is the Pirate King#

::rummages for trusty snicker snee::
15th-Jul-2005 04:26 am (UTC)
I'm really sorry, but when something can't be helped it's best to do what you are doing: something else.

I had no clue you were also into Tai Chi.
15th-Jul-2005 10:37 am (UTC)
I had no clue you were also into Tai Chi.

Is this another of our Doppleganger moments? ;)
15th-Jul-2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid so.
When I was younger I used to get up early enough so I could do it with the older Chinese group who did it facing the ocean. They now have a group doing it in the Botanical Gardens and it's great. Living in a big city, it's a hard job finding somewhere quiet and with clean-ish air, but the Gardens are ideal.
15th-Jul-2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
Therein lies one of the downsides of living in a medeival market town, there is no large Chinese community to practice the early-morning form - hence my search for an intensive course. The French life inteferes with the ability to attend a weekly class (usually) through the summer and early autumn months. It's why I gave up, I was tired of having to play catch-up each time I returned.
16th-Jul-2005 03:53 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear you have had to postpone that cruise. You've been trying so hard for so long. Sometimes I do marvel at how often life can kick you in the teeth.

I've taken to wearing mouthgards myself.

I am glad to hear you managed to get some writing done, though. Maybe if you keep this up your muse will get worried and start doing her job. I know I feel better when I mine is feeding me my lines.
16th-Jul-2005 07:55 am (UTC)
I've taken to wearing mouthgards myself.

There's a sensible idea, and maybe a safety helmet too. The brain seems to have suffered, Boggy mauled the chapter I sent for beta'ing (learned a new method of verb conjugation - very liberating), so it's in need of a major re-write. Think I'll do a spot of textile design work to stimulate the creative juices. I found a fabulous online course in silk shading - with threads - and am awaiting the delivery of the materials. I find stitching very soothing and indulge in it from time to time. It's another of those things that can't be done on the boat (wet dogs, river mud and silk threads do not make delightful travelling companions.)
16th-Jul-2005 07:43 pm (UTC)
I think needlework is one of the best things you can do when you are feeling sick, as well.

I have never done too much of it. Mostly I crocheted and can't say I was ever very good. I had an afghan, though, that I pulled out everytime I got sick. It was very nice to set up the rhythm and concentrate on nothing but the stitches.

I think it does give your mind a way to escape some of the misery and work on the healing.
16th-Jul-2005 07:53 pm (UTC)
I even bludgened slipped past bogwitch's objections to the opening sequence of the next chapter and managed to put it up earlier today. And I haven't so much as picked up a needle yet - the mere prospects of working with coloured silk threads is doing the trick.
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