Dordogne Damsel

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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 07:29

Good morning all,

Nice warm day yesterday and today is a nice bright start. 

I detest buying clothes, can hardly ever find anything to fit nicely, think I must be a funny shape. 

Off to meet Bizzie Lizzie this afternoon for coffee whilst Charlie is at Pony Club.  

Nice to see a lot friendly faces popping back in. 

Good day to everyone. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 09:05

 Steady away Hosta, steady away. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 08:52

Sorry to read your post re doctor Pat, (looks like we posted at the same time), very disappointing for you, sometimes the 'experts' do think they know better when actually it is your body and you know exactly how it feels.  

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 08:47

Good morning All, 

Good luck at the Dr.s Pat, I hope she can sort you out. 

Good luck too Obelixx with the removal men, nearly over now, what are you going to do with all that free time.  

Hope your back is feeling better WW, make sure it is just pottering you do! 

I had a lovely day yesterday, I went off to lead my ladies in the jogging club and when they realised I was on my own for the rest of the day (no Charlie with me, he normally rallies them from his bicycle, linking up the front and back runners with timing updates) they insisted I must join them for coffee and a little 'sortie'. So. off I was whizzed to one of their houses for coffee and a tour of her house ( a little tardis it was too), then lunch and in the afternoon a trip to a fête des plantes where we discussed at length the best English roses to have in an English Tea Room's Garden, and the poor exhibitors were interrogated about all their offerings.   Finally at the end of the day a rendezvous was made for me to go Ballroom Dancing on Thursday in the village hall, it seems they are a mission to make sure I am not left home alone at any point, bless them all. 

Anyway, have a good day all, I'll catch up later . 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 20:25

Evening all, 

Had an easy day (for me anyway), cleaned and i****d and had a sneaky afternoon snooze (unheard of but I felt like it ). Made fig & apricot chutney, not too impressed with the result, only got 3 jars from the batch, seemed to take a long time to thicken up and vast quantities disappeared but it did taste rather good with the bit of cheese I tried it on. 

Just enjoyed SCD, my one weakness (if you don't count GBBO), might just squeeze in an episode of Victoria before bed.   I think I've watched more television in the last two days than the last two months - maybe this is what 'normal' people do.  

Jogging Club tomorrow, going to go early and get an extra couple of miles in before my 'ladies' arrive - fretting about Paris already - 26 miles is an awful long way. 

Hope you manage to fix your drive belt Hosta, so nice to have a man who can just around the corner. 

Clari, your living room gives me hope for the Tea Room, at least it has plaster on the walls.  Love Reggi too. 

WW, steady away. 

Obelixx, when do you actually move? and will the attic ever be empty? 

Night All, 

Strictly 2016

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 20:07

Thoroughly enjoyed the show tonight (and last night ) current favourites (I know, early days) Will Young, Louise Rednapp and Greg Rutherford. 

Nice to have something trivial to fret about for a change. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 07:38

Morning all,

A special big hug for Bushman, sounds like you need it and I'm sure Dove's spirits could help too.

Weather quite nice here, just seen the UK forecast, Scotland doesn't look too clever, particularly on one side.  I think if you have nice weather today you need to make the most of it wherever you are. 

Went to the gym last night (a village group really that just do a keep fit class and some rambling together), anyway they had the AGM after class. Suddenly all sorts of people came out the woodwork, all feeling enthused I think after the big deal that is made of La Rentrée, including the mairie. I wasn't expecting it but my role of 'coach' for the jogging club was highly praised and all were encouraged to join, not quite what I had in mind when I started leading just half a dozen ladies.  Then, no pressure but everyone was encouraged to support and follow me in my bid to complete the Paris Marathon in April next year.    All very well, except I had only mentioned to one person that I was thinking about doing it - I certainly hadn't enrolled - well after the great round of applause, cheers and pats on the back from everyone - even an offer of accommodation in Paris, looks like I am doing it. How did that happen? 

So, today, have housework to do, , i*****g,  and then need to get my running shoes on a start the preparations for the Paris Marathon in April 2017.   

Have a good day everyone, enjoy your coffee/tea Clari, but steady away. 


HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 18:15

Oops, order for the premises. Would he like a new business in his town that brings in visitors and adds to the experience of visiting it, and offers employment to some people? Sounds easy but  I have to pitch it just right, there are other French cafes that might not like the idea. I need to prove I suppose I won't be treading on anyone's toes.😉

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 18:12

Hi all, 

Thanks for advice re bank. He is such a nice man and has given me some samples of what my business plan needs to look like (includes pics) and given me advice as to where to access recognised statistics regarding tourist visitor numbers and local population, I have to do a survey too locally as to how many times people would visit a cafe and how long they would stay and how much they would spend etc.  Luckily I have a friend who is a statistician and I'm going to get her advice about how best to get that written up. Also been given details of where I can apply for a start up grant and such like. A lot of work ahead, I'm happy to do it but next place of call is the marie's office to see how he feels about a change of use 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 07:42

Good morning everyone,

Mega marathon shift yesterday at the chateau and really awful people as well, they were drunk by 8:00 AM (yes AM) in the morning, the father of the groom managed to run a tree over in the grounds, completely felled it, as he was trying to 'drive' to stock marquee up with more booze. I finished at 2:00 am this morning and although they could barely stand and certainly couldn't put a sentence together they were still drinking - I'll be honest I was embarrassed to be English.  

Last shift for this year there now and hopefully by next year my own very civilised  'English Tea Rooms' (no alcohol served) will be up and running. Fingers crossed. I have now found (what I think) is the perfect premises, I was very excited when I viewed it, loved it straight away, now I just have to talk very nicely to the man at the bank to try and get my dream to become a reality.  I took loads of pictures so when I get a moment I will try and load them up so you can all have a taste of my dream and hopefully the pictures will become the 'before' ones followed by some lovely 'after' ones very soon. 

I have managed to read back but can't remember everything, Hosta and Clari's 'Feel Good' stories were heartwarming and I hope BL is ok home alone, I am at Pony Club next Wednesday, perhaps we could meet for a coffee if you are free?? I'll PM you. I miss the theatre, not been since I have lived in France, cinema yes, not theatre, might try and go when I am in the UK at Christmas, although I suppose at that time of the year it'll have to be a panto.Not quite  High Art' 

Right, teaching today so planning and focus required - I try so hard to get a week ahead and never quite manage it. 

Have a good day all. 

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