Ready to crash

Trip Start Jul 19, 2009
Trip End Oct 25, 2010

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Flag of France  , Aquitaine,
Sunday, June 26, 2011

Don't know whether I should be doing this, just back from a champagne brunch that lasted from noon till, i don't know, it is 5 pm now and the party was still in full swing when we left.
Much as I like champagne, after the 5th bottle I switched to red wine. I guess you can have too much of a good thing. The occasion was the closing of a really good restaurant, the proprietor is a friend of ours, who wants to try his luck in Thailand, introducing French Cuisine, good luck Jean-Bernard!
The party was such a typical French affair, sitting outside in the shade of the trees, it was 39 Celsius for god's sake, next to the river Vezere with a view of the beautiful old buildings of Condat. We had all been asked to bring a decent bottle of champagne that was dumped in a big barrel of ice, and the waiters kept it coming. Try that on an empty stomach, it goes straight to your head. Even the French loosened up pretty quick.
We were fed amuses, smoked salmon, foie gras, something else, and cheese. The dessert is probably being served now. Local artists sang and recited poems that went on for hours. Cant say I understood much but it sounded wonderful and was brought with much verve. But after almost 5 hours of it I couldn't take anymore, ready to crash, and here I am, crashing.

It's been a strange time lately, over a week since we got here. What can I say?
The journey here was disastrous, anything that could go wrong went wrong.
We arrived late as Peter had an appointment in Paris first, just getting in and out of the city costs hours, never mind the rendez-vous. 
But the next morning I wake up to find a bag of plums hanging from the gate, along with a note with all the latest gossip and a: so happy you are here again. Ah, and it is great to be back, thank you mes voisins.

I had planned to finish my book here, it was almost done and now I hoped to make it presentable for the publisher. You all know that if you really want to get rid of stuff on your computer, the only thing that works is running the hard drive over with a steamroller?  Well, a week before we left my manuscript was irretrievably lost by a simple touch on a key. Not even the 'delete'.
Please don't send comments on how that is not possible, it is, believe me, it is.

So, instead of adding the finishing touches, I am now rebuilding the book from bits and pieces I had stored away, and I suppose it can be done, but the result will not be the same.
Nonetheless, it is keeping me busy, so much so I expect i won't have much time to write my bits here as much as you are used to.

I will try, though there is not much to tell sitting typing all day. Though a great orage (thunderstorm) has been predicted for tomorrow. 
Chances are the power will be down and you never know what might happen then.......... I'll let  you know if anything exciting happens, but for the moment I am not holding my breath.  
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gakema@mariskaka on

never judge a book by it's cover
did you have a cover ....?
sorry bad joke...
la merde arrive..
c'est la vie
hope to see you soon!

Patsy on

yes, everybody I spoke to said it's not you've worked a miracle, in a dubious way..?
slaving over a hot computer in sweltering temperatures - maybe the book will be all the better for it, it'll all just flow out with the sweat and tears of frustration! love and good luck -

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