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18th-Jun-2003 05:55 pm
knitting sketch
Thanks for the welcome home willowfae, it's good to be back, if only for a few days.

For those regular readers of the entries from the narrowboat in France, I'll continue to post the boat log entries in the mornings until I return to said boat. Willowfae had been posting them for me, one week later, as I was posting most of them 'snail mail' from the depths of rural Burgundy, Voges and Lorraine. It worked well most of the time and I can't thank her enough for her commitment to keeping it all up to date.

Returned to find your lovely cards waiting for me meallanmouse ta ever so. I had been anticipating receiving them via MWNN but, here I am, collecting in person. It was the threat of the French strikes preventing MWNN's return home to give the Founder's Day address at Q.E. school on Saturday that has forced our return 'en mass' (that and the really draining hot weather that had both me and the dogs in a pretty poor state each day by early afternoon.)

Winge of the day; - checked the video recorder for the last 5 eps. of BtVS

first ep - no sound - thanks a bunch Sky 1
second and third eps - all ok
penultimate and final eps - not there! - bloody resident outlaw had remembered to set the cable box to Sky 1 on his departure but, while he was there, on the day of the transmission, had tuned to BBC4 - video duly recorded live coverage of the British and American troops in Iraq and a program about 'famous quotes' - aaargh it's a case of deja vu; I lost the final eps of Series 6 in the same way.

Consolation prize; wonderful willowfae had recorded the final ep. for me (just in case something terrible happened to my VCR (namely Uncle D.) and catsyj has sent me CDs of all 5 eps (albeit they can be watched only in postage stamp size on my CD as it is in realplayer format which is not compatible with my TurboDVD player.

whinge over; it's good to be back - full-sized bed; full-sized bath; constant supply of water; washing machine; dishwasher; fridge/freezer; north-facing parlour etc etc. (getting back to basics is fine, in moderation, it makes you appreciate the things we take for granted in the 'developed world'!

Off to take a bath, with one of the mini-bombs from Epinal.
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18th-Jun-2003 02:43 pm (UTC)
I've been enjoying reading your entries
Thanks for that - some of the experiences were not all that enjoyable but . . c'est la vie.

finished my degree.
congratulations! results are out when?

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25th-Jun-2003 09:10 am (UTC)
Hey - congratulations on the 2.2! Where are you being conferred? I was going to go to Ely Cathedral but MWNN whisked me orf to France and insisted on the earliest OU ceremony, which was Birmingham. Will the ceremony happen in August? Wherever you go, I want to see the photos.
18th-Jun-2003 02:20 pm (UTC)
:: POUNCE ::


I just got your two letters, including the one about the French/English book. Still want me to look that up, or are you good to do that now that you're back home?

:: hugs and grins ::
18th-Jun-2003 02:41 pm (UTC)
Is duly squashed flat from being pounced upon!

Still want me to look that up
Yes please - I reason that you will have more luck finding one on a Canadian booksearch and once I have an ISBN number, I can then order it.

Hugs back - is too tired to grin out loud . . .and where is RW's translation of those fish names?
22nd-Jun-2003 01:36 pm (UTC) - Re:
Am still looking. It's surprising how apparently hard that is to find. O_o;

Btw - RW keeps getting distracted by the fish pics and going off fishing... so no translations yet. Eep!
22nd-Jun-2003 01:42 pm (UTC)
I understand that - every bookshop we've been into in France says the same thing. That'll teach me to be so generous in loaning precious books in future (yes, still harping on about the HP set!)
Fishies - your fish cards are swimming across the top of my special board, so tell RW to stop hunting them and tell me what they are.
25th-Jun-2003 09:06 am (UTC)
Have found a 'replacement' for the French dictionary you've had a fruitless search for. It's "Bon Appetit: French-English Menu Dictionary". I tracked the 'lorst one' down on Barnes and Noble but it's out of print and the second hand copies are charging antique prices for the 3 available. - I'm not that desperate.
19th-Jun-2003 12:46 am (UTC)
D is posting the video and CD's at lunchtime. I watched the second programme on the video last night and it turns out that it wasn't what the radio times said it was at all! They described it as "fans choose their favourite moments" (or words to that effect). What it actually was was a documentary on Buffy from the movie right up to the end of season 7, with interviews by the cast and crew. It was fantastic!

I am presumming that once you return to France you are still going to send me your entries to do? I am fine to do this up until Aug 16th when we head over the chanel.
19th-Jun-2003 04:13 am (UTC)
D is posting the video and CD's at lunchtime.
muchos gratias (confusion with languages? moi?)

you are still going to send me your entries to do
yes please! I will be home myself by the 4th August and will probably not return until next season; MWNN wants to be able to do some boat painting and varnishing without killing me off slowly with the fumes.
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