I Read A Book!

10 Dec

It has been a fairly quiet week but as announced in the title, a big step for me!

I actually managed to read a whole book, 570 pages, all in the space of a week!  A book made from paper, no screen and no battery.  People who know me well will realise how unusual that is.  Written by C.J. Sansom, "Dominion" is the story of an alternate outcome to WWII wherein Churchill lost to the appeasers in 1940 and surrendered to Nazi Germany.  Set 12 years later in London, the British people are under authoritarian rule…

I actually managed to read a whole book, 570 pages, all in the space of a week! A book made from paper, no screen and no battery. People who know me well will realise how unusual that is. Written by C.J. Sansom, “Dominion” is the story of an alternate outcome to WWII wherein Churchill lost to the appeasers in 1940 and surrendered to Nazi Germany. Set 12 years later in London, the British people are under authoritarian rule…

So in spite of Leanne poking fun at me on Facebook and the fact that I had to hold this clump of paper and physically turn pages, I really did enjoy the book!  Thanks to James and Lavinia who gave it to me as a leaving gift from Les Fadons.

This is our new best friend.  We spend most evenings together in close company.  I think it is a male because you can feed it heaps and it does't get fat.

This is our new best friend. We spend most evenings together in close company. I think it is a male because you can feed it heaps and it does’t get fat.

We got some jobs done at home on Monday while the weather was nice – outside stuff like oiling all the wooden furniture.  On Tuesday we met Jeremy and Jo at the Lorgues market, had a coffee together and then attended to some errands.

On Wednesday morning we caught up with Steven and Darryn on Skype.  They both have all their exam results now and both passed everything.  Phew!  They are now on summer break and Darryn is looking for work.  Steven is really enjoying his internship at Ernst & Young.

On Thursday we joined one of the local walking groups that Jeremy is involved in for a walk near Lorgues.   It was a nice walk with good company.  The wind was bitterly cold. We found ice on puddles and frost still in the shade at 1130.

Jeremy came over to La Regalade on Friday and we spent the morning in the garden stacking the logs that were cut in April and cutting down another three trees that were beginning to block the view.  While we were having lunch at 1400 it started to snow!  Just a few flakes that instantly melted on contact with anything.

Snow on the roadside about 200m from home.  It were a few flakes falling and melting on impact when we left for Carcès at 1430 and this is what we got back to an hour later.

Snow on the roadside about 200m from home. It were a few flakes falling and melting on impact when we left for Carcès at 1430 and this is what we got back to an hour later.

The view from the terrace as the snow starting falling a bit heavier.  The flakes were more like blobs up to 30mm across.  Some of them a visible close to the camera in this photo.

The view from the terrace as the snow starting falling a bit heavier. The flakes were more like blobs up to 30mm across. Some of them a visible close to the camera in this photo.

We ended up with just enough to lightly coat the garden and it was all melted about an hour later.

We ended up with just enough to lightly coat the garden and it was all melted about an hour later.

On Friday evening we were invited to Jeremy and Jo’s for dinner.  Robin and Tristan were also there, Natty was away in the UK working.  We had a delicious dinner that I recorded using Evernote Food.  This really is a neat app and I am starting to get a small collection of very nice memories using it.

Robin doing the honours with the wine.

Robin doing the honours with the wine.

Our little sports car has been going well but we came to a realisation recently that caused some expense on Saturday.  The tyres were not going to last until the end of our time with the car.  They had possibly only 5,000km life left in them.  So rather than wait we decided to replace them now so we get the benefit especially as we head into winter.  So we headed off to the LeClerc Auto Centre in Brignoles on Saturday afternoon and paid €224 for 4 Hankook replacement tyres, fitted, balanced and new valves.  By the way, LeClerc is the supermarket chain we use and they also have petrol/diesel, auto service, electronics/computer centre, garden centre and a hardware centre (all separate operations) and they are in Le Luc and Brignoles, both easy enough for us to get to.  Very convenient and well priced generally.  So now we have good rubber for the trip to Italy plus we recently purchased snow chains just in case.

It was another lovely day on Sunday…

James and Lavinia visited on Sunday and before settling down to lunch we took Wally for a walk by the lake.  Wally actually belongs to Nick and Sammie and is a female Dogo Argentino (also known as the Argentine Mastiff).  She had a very placid temperament, was very obedient and easy to handle.  But small she is not!  A very powerful dog bred for the pursuit of big-game such as wild boar and puma.

James and Lavinia visited on Sunday and before settling down to lunch we took Wally for a walk by the lake. Wally actually belongs to Nick and Sammie and is a female Dogo Argentino (also known as the Argentine Mastiff). She had a very placid temperament, was very obedient and easy to handle. But small she is not! A very powerful dog bred for the pursuit of big-game such as wild boar and puma.

Walking around the lake two days after the snow it was hard to believe it was the same place.  The air was cool out of the sun and there was still ice on some puddles at 1300 but it was a gorgeous day.

Walking around the lake two days after the snow it was hard to believe it was the same place. The air was cool out of the sun and there was still ice on some puddles at 1300 but it was a gorgeous day.

It was such nice weather, we ate lunch outside.

As tall as the table she was very understanding about not eating our lunch.  She could have.

As tall as the table she was very understanding about not eating our lunch. She could have.

So that wraps up another week.  Pretty meagre pickings in terms of photography but that should change next week.  We are heading to Venice on Wednesday, stopping somewhere on the way for one night, and spending three nights there.  We then go to Gualdo Macerati for our Xmas house sitting assignment.  Should be fun!  Until later…

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One Response to “I Read A Book!”

  1. Jeff December 9, 2012 at 22:22 #

    Actually today Darryn isn’t looking for work as he’s busy helping me with painting again now the weather has cleared up! Painting in the rain never works 🙂

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