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ETD - Sunday: So tentatively packing 
1st-Sep-2005 06:12 pm
knitting sketch
i.e. chucking stuff into a case and not worrying how creased it all is due to the number of times it's been packed/unpacked before.

If anyone's wildly curious the pic below is of the narrowboat that is our home while in France. The pic was taken by a German on holiday, who was cruising the same waterways as us in 2001, and sent it to fellow Germany-dweller irishnoodles

Off to cook some bangers and mash for MWNN who's been busily finishing clearing the garage as the builders descend on the house in two weeks time to start work on the conversion. Hopefully it'll all be over by the time we get back in late October/early November.
1st-Sep-2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
Have fun in France. :-)
1st-Sep-2005 07:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Mwwah, Mwwah.
1st-Sep-2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, nice boat!

Good for you - finally making your escape (although I'm not so keen on the 'early November' return thing... *sulks*). Hope you are feeling much recovered and that a sojourn en France is exactly what you need to recharge. I've been watching the Rick Stien thing with all that good food and wine, and think of you two every time. How did we brits get it so wrong?
1st-Sep-2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
nice boat!
You can see why I've been so twitchy away from it? Mind you, I had a dose very similar to this one while aboard during our first 6 month cruise in 2000 when it rained and rained and rained. We were ied up somewhere on the Oise and a group of schoolgirls passed by and looked in at me resting on the sofa. 'Il est mort. Il est mort dans le sousmarin' they cried. I didn't know whether to be offended at the designation of the male gender or the misrepresentation of our beautiful boat.

How did we brits get it so wrong?
You dissing bangers and mash?

Early November is a possibility only if there's good autumn weather, but don't you go getting any ideas about rain dances or sacrificing goats for frosty nights or anything.
1st-Sep-2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
You dissing bangers and mash?

Realtive to the wonderful, fresh seafood casserole-y thing with the garlic splodge and the cherries in calvados with creme fraiche we had in a tiny, unassuming restaurant in Brittany? Or the rich and delicious coq au vin followed by prune and armagnac tarte? Or that pastry thing with the onions and anchovies.. begins with a 'p'... Or the fresh crepe... Umm... Yes.


but don't you go getting any ideas about rain dances or sacrificing goats for frosty nights or anything.

As if I would!

*nudges the goat under the sofa with her foot*
1st-Sep-2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
>>How did we brits get it so wrong?

Someone told them the Harvester was good value and they believed it.
1st-Sep-2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
1st-Sep-2005 06:30 pm (UTC)
Have a wonderful time in France! Will you be back in time for JM in London, or have you decided not to go? Fingers crossed that everything goes well for you! *hugs*
1st-Sep-2005 08:40 pm (UTC)
I hope to be back for JM in London, but having missed the earlier summer stint on the boat, MWNN is keen to have as long as possible for our Autumn cruise. As long as the weather and water conditions remain good, I won't have the heart to insist we return home for 28th.

There's the added complication of the builders moving in to convert the garage into a new study for MWNN. They'll be finished around the end of October and MWNN is keen to be away while the building is going on.
1st-Sep-2005 06:33 pm (UTC)
Good luck! The water awaits!

Did you get the tix off to me?
1st-Sep-2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
Sending them to Cass because I'm registering them.
1st-Sep-2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
Oh okay, as long as they're safe and available. Saves postie getting me to answer the door in a towel yet again.
1st-Sep-2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
Tres cool:) Like the boat pic, will get ashift on to post ficlet before you go, seeing as how your question was the inspiration with talesofspike's. Actually off to sort...That put pay to the school work.Yay!
1st-Sep-2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
ficklet - whoopee!
1st-Sep-2005 07:48 pm (UTC)
Heh, I think I've spent the last few months thinking you were on a boat somewhere. This time I might be right ::crosses fingers::

1st-Sep-2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
::Is packing another case trunk full of DVDs, notebooks, laptop, novels and deborahw37's book wot she wrote.::

Cross fingers, toes and a couple of donkeys for me. This time we are going to make it.

1st-Sep-2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
Lovely boat. France in the autumn - I'm dying of envy. Have a great time!
1st-Sep-2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
I loved your pictures of the Wash, but I thought you'd gone already so haven't commented. We used to keep the boat on the Cambridgeshire fens and would jokingly say we'd turn right at Denver Sluice on our way back from the Great Ouse and the Cam, and head out to sea at the Wash, instead of back 'home' to Ramsey.

But yeah, Autumn in France, you have every right to be envious. We moor at a little market town where we are surrounded by fields in which the 'nursery' vines (Chardonay and pinot noire) are grown. The nearest wine village is Vire Clesse (a stunnningly good white); it's just been 'discovered' by The Times wine club sp no doubt the prices will be rising accordingly.
1st-Sep-2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
We go tomorrow - back on Sunday. Glad you liked the pictures. For someone used to the South Coast the Wash is a bit of a shock until you get used to it, and then it's amazing.

We moor at a little market town where we are surrounded by fields in which the 'nursery' vines (Chardonay and pinot noire) are grown.

And I was envious before! I'm even more envious now... Have a wonderful time and drink plenty of the wine before the prices rise *g*
1st-Sep-2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately the menopause brought with it an alergic reaction to one of my favourite reasons for living in France. There's an enzym that processes the alcolhol that some women lose, and unfortunately I seem to be one of them.

I want to be in on the trials for the pill you can take before drinking that does the missing enzym's job.
1st-Sep-2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
unfortunately I seem to be one of them.

Now that's just plain cruel. And now I'm eyeing the rapidly approaching menopause with even more alarm!
1st-Sep-2005 09:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's lovely!

have a great break
1st-Sep-2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
I love my boat and the lifestyle it provides.
2nd-Sep-2005 05:15 am (UTC)
I hope you do get off. My fingers are starting to cramp from being crossed so much :D

*taps ruby red slippers* She wants to go sailing, she wants to go sailing
2nd-Sep-2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
Uncross your fingers now. We're in the final preparations. I hope to be posting from the boat by the end of next week as we're planning a really slow run down through France.

MNWNN doesn't want to take any risks with me by travelling too long each day. It's about 2 and a half hours from home to the channel tunnel. We'll ovenight with the dogs at a hotel in Calais and then again somewhere around Chalons en Champagne and possibly a third one just north of Dijon. The boat is between Toul and Macon on a little private canal off the river Saone.

::resists the temptation to get excited::
3rd-Sep-2005 02:57 am (UTC)
Bon Voyage. I hope you have a most excellent, good time!
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