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Adeus, veja-o logo!

Wednesday 23 September 2009

Or, translated from Portuguese (courtesy of Babel Fish so I hope it’s right), Goodbye, see you soon!  I’m off to Portugal early tomorrow morning.

I’ve packed my suitcase, got the spray tan so I don’t dazzle anyone at the poolside with the whiteness of my flesh, made a list, checked it twice …. oh hang on, that’s something else altogether to do with Father Christmas, isn’t it?

Seriously though, I come from a long line of list-makers so something as important as a holiday requires a good list, at least as the foundation of the packing.  It can be improvised on, but never shortened!  My grandad did it, my mother took it to a whole new level of obsession, I do it and Stephanie has inherited the need to make countless lists.  What if I forget something?  It’s OK, breathe … breathe …. calmer now.

I’m driving to the airport and collecting people on the way so I’ve set my alarm for 2.15 am.  I didn’t set it last night for obvious reasons, but kept waking up in a bit of a panic in case I’d overslept.  You can tell I make a good traveller, can’t you?  This will be my eleventh flight of the year – good grief, I’m a positive frequent flyer.

Be good while I’m gone and I will definitely post photos when I return at the beginning of October.

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Bad, Bad Blogger

Sunday 20 September 2009

I’ve been back from Glasgow for ages.  Sorry.  I was hiding away, catching up on stuff like sleep (not a lot of that in Glasgow) and paperwork (a lot of that here).  I can think of many excuses why I haven’t blogged since my return but the main one was I’ve been weary for a while and severely lacking inspiration or enthusiasm.  I believe I might have mentioned this once or twice before.  Now, however, I’ve been nagged by various friends who ask how they can keep up with my daily doings if I don’t update my blog on a regular basis.  So, I’m back.

Only for a couple of days though and then I’m away again.  Yes, again!  Poor Gordon, he feels so abandoned, but in fairness he was invited to my friend’s wedding and declined on the grounds that someone had to stay behind and look after the farm.  Well, I suppose so.  This time I’m off to Portugal with a friend to celebrate her birthday, along with six other friends of hers.  We’re leaving at some obscene hour on Wednesday night/Thursday morning and plan to be relaxing in sunshine by the middle of Thursday at the latest.  I’ve never been to Portugal before and am looking forward to it.

Since I’ve been away … hmm, what’s happened?

I went to my friend’s wedding as one of her matrons of honour and despite the rain, the day went well.  I wasn’t in much of a position to take photographs so I’m waiting for the official ones to be available.  I came back on Sunday evening and they flew out to New York for their honeymoon.  Lucky them.  It’s on my list of places to go before I die.  They’ve flown home today and are probably jet-lagged as I speak.

Gordon and I celebrated our anniversary last Saturday with a barbecue in the garden and were joined by a select group of friends and family.  A good time was had by all and the weather was perfect enabling us to stay in the garden until gone ten o’clock in the evening.  I don’t think we’ve had many days like that even in the summer, so it was a plus.

Alex has gone back to Cheltenham and is about to begin her third year as a university student.  She’d reached the stage where she was missing her friends there a lot.  I drove her back last Sunday along with many suitcases, boxes, her auntie and her grandfather!  My sister came along for the shopping and dad just came for the day-out.  He’d never seen Alex’s accommodation so it gave him a chance to look around.

Stephanie’s gone back to Bridgwater College for the second year of her ‘A’ levels, dropping subjects she’d grown to dislike and starting a new one at AS level.  I think she’s enjoying herself with Film Studies especially since watching films is one of her favourite things to do.

I also saw some puppies (photo below) and found it very hard to resist a litter of semi-feral kittens (no photos unfortunately) which were offered to Gordon and I for the farm.  We have enough cats really but they’ve all become domesticated so don’t hunt as often as they should.  Perhaps we should just starve the ones we have until they start killing rats again before we get overrun!

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Beagle Baby

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Off To Glasgow

Tuesday 1 September 2009

Tomorrow afternoon I’m off to Glasgow again, this time for my friend’s wedding.  It doesn’t seem possible that I’ve been visiting her regularly for fittings and such since last September, but this weekend is the big day.  I’ll take lots of photographs and hope that at least some of them are blog-worthy!  I know that in Glasgow, nerves are at breaking point so suspect there’ll be lots of soothing to do.  I’ll see you when I get back.

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