Dordogne Damsel


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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 09:06

Hello all, quick pop in. I am ok but keeping a low profile, lot of soul searching going on and planning for the future. Still waiting for my completed business plan to take to the bank - the lady on my case has just gone on holiday for 2 weeks, very frustrating, she was waiting for one document from me and by the time I was able to get it to her she had finished for her holiday - grrww! 


Anyway, I hope you are all well.  I am ok but frustrated and anxious to move on. I am thinking of this time as that time just before your first baby arrives, in those last few weeks of pregnancy, you are twiddling your thumbs impatient for it's arrival and everyone keeps asking 'have you had it yet' or telling you to enjoy the peace whilst you can. Of course you don't and then when it finally arrives you don't know what's hit you. Desperately trying to learn from that experience and enjoying the calm before the storm and be ready for the madness when I actually get the tea rooms. That's my positive way of thinking about it anyway. 


Have a good week-end all. 

Last edited: 18 February 2017 09:07:02

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 09:29

Good morning 


After a very wet and windy night all seems calm and bright today.  I am off into the garden to do a bit of a clearing up job and stock up the bird feeders, I don't think the birds have emptied them, more a case of being blown away. I did notice the bulbs popping through too, after yesterdays weather I think if I were them I would be popping back down again. 


Having acupuncture tomorrow on my dodgy shoulder anyone else any experience of it, I have been assured it works but that is by the acupuncturist. 


Poorly people keep warm and rest up, you all need to be fighting fit for all the spring jobs just around the corner. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/02/2017 at 09:50

Morning All,


I have managed to read back,all very interesting, well done Hosta. :) Sorry to hear so many are suffering from the lurgy, seems to be particularly bad this year. :(


Yesterday I had a meeting at (she says positively) at what will be Chateau de Gateau with the builder. He was very positive about the ability do do the work without breaking the budget and came up with an ingenious solution to solving the problem of being a bathroom short, a solution which is actually cheaper than Plan A too. 


Last evening I went to supper with some friends, I hadn't wanted to go and the weather was really windy earlier in the day (probably same storm as Lizzie's) so I had an excuse to cancel, but I stuck with it, starting to feel a bit of a recluse/agoraphobic and thought I need to bite the bullet and get over this before it becomes a problem. Anyway, I had a lovely time, the food was delicious, all home made, served beautifully and the couple are so friendly and supportive and I had a super evening. So glad I made the effort. 


Today I have a few jobs I have to do, nothing too taxing but enough to give me some focus and this afternoon I am going out to do my 'long run' of the week, that marathon is coming up fast. (April 9th). Then this evening, I will snuggle up and watch TV with a clear conscience. 


Have a good day all, get well wishes to all feeling under the weather. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 03/02/2017 at 16:23

Hello all,


I'm not ignoring you all either, I've been busy and when not busy either sleeping or reading, trying to find ways to relax more.  Not in my natural nature but much needed at the moment. 


Sorry to hear you are ill again Dove. 


I have been working hard on the Chateau de Gateau project, I have finally found someone to help me who knows what needs doing and in what order and has already made a number of phone calls to get things moving again. I am hoping that within a couple of weeks the presentation in all it's glory will be ready for the bank and then they can at least say yes or no and I can get on with ever follows that decision. I have had a lot of wavering moments over the whole thing but am feeling better, much more determined now I have had a chance to talk the whole thing over with people who know what I am letting myself in for.


I am staying off the computer quite a lot, silly how certain things get me down, so to those that have messaged me and commented on my situation, I do appreciate it and am grateful for your kind words, I'm just not quite up to responding, I get too tearful but I am hopefully turning a corner now and will be back to 'normal' soon. 


I hope you are all ok, I have noticed signs of spring so that is very something to look forward to very much. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 28/01/2017 at 09:01

Happy Birthday Dove, hope you have a good day. 


Great work on the Rock Hosta - you really do rock! 


Having a party myself today, care of Charlie, he has invited his friends and their mum's and we are currently wrapping things up for pass the parcel and making cakes. 


Meeting yesterday was very helpful, really useful actually, a lot to think about but at last a source who knows a lot of the answers to all my queries. 


I hope you all have a good week-end, wrap up warm, especially Clari and Fairy and I'll catch you all up later I hope. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 26/01/2017 at 18:51

Evening All,


Thank you for all the birthday wishes and cakes.  


Well done on the rock Hosta, great result you little charmer you. 


Sounds like a fun day at the nursery BL. 


I've been teaching all day today, I love it but do feel drained afterwards, relaxing night tonight for me, hoping to stay awake for Forgotten but bearing in mind we are an hour ahead of the UK I might not make it. 


I do hope you are all ok and once again thanks for kind wishes and support. I'll keep you posted how my meeting goes tomorrow. Have a good evening all. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 25/01/2017 at 11:37

Hello all,


Had a good few days off the grid as it were, lots of rest, way too much tv, all episodes of Endeavour and Taboo and a lot of feeling sorry for myself. 


Yesterday was my birthday and a good friend organised a surprise party for me, I wouldn't have had anything to do with it given a choice but actually it did me the world of good, just to see how many people care about me and make me feel grateful for what I have. Charlie was a star too. 


So today I am up, dressed, organised and have e-mailed all sorts of people regarding these bloomin French regulations and also arranged a meeting with an English lady running a similar place over in a nearby town, she has happily offered to give me as much help and advice as she is able, having recently been through the same thing. Fingers crossed. 


Still a long way to go but I least I feel better able to deal with it now. I think the medication is starting to have an effect too so things not too overwhelming. 


Punkdoc I did one of my degrees with the OU and they were fabulous, in fact far better support and resources than when I did my other degree in a 'real' university. Good luck and well done. 


Off to Pony Club with Charlie now, hope to drop in later. 

Last edited: 25 January 2017 11:39:14

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 18:37

Evening all,


Good day today.  Charlie with me and he has been a star, helped me tidy the garage so we can fit the car in, helped take rubbish to the tip and then we baked some biscuits. Dinner tonight is home made carrot and coriander soup, roast chicken with thick gravy and lots of veggies and all followed up with a tarte aux pomme and we are going to snuggle up and watch 'The Boy in the Dress'. Having Charlie with me makes such a difference. 


I did have a couple of wobbles though, in the shop in a big queue had a feeling of wanting to run but stood my ground, then a friend sent an e-mail saying how much she admired me and what an inspiration I was, I felt so overwhelmed, I know I should be pleased but it is all too much and the way I am at the moment makes me feel like a fraud. I am sure things will get better, the doctor says it will take a couple of weeks for the tablets to work although he has given me some 'instant fix' ones for bad moments in the day. I am trying to avoid them though, I just don't like the idea but at least I know they are there if needed. 


Tomorrow I am going out running, Charlie is going to lead the way on the bike, hoping to get 6 or 7 miles in, I need to do something after all that chocolate and the date for the marathon is coming up fast. 


Hope you all have a good evening, I hope the weather is kind to you all. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 09:46

Morning All. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 22:49

Evening all, quick check in. I'm ok (ish). Challenged ex OH re ski trip & got out of it, said not appropriate & not fair to Charlie, he backed down. Really spelled out we are 'done' & to try & imply anything else was unfair to all. I was strong & steadfast at the time but feeling a bit wobbly now. Anyway, it's done, it needed to be done & I'm absolutely adopting the "no" first policy as advised by obelixx. 😊


To mention gardening for once, very pleased to report a plethora of daffs on their way up in my little garden, they look a bit blind but early days yet. Nice surprise. 😱


Watched 'The Witness for the Prosecution' tonight, thoroughly enjoyed, although got through half a box of of Ferrero Rocher in the process. 😳 


Good night all, hope everyone ok. Sleep tight. 😴😴

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