Saturday, June 25, 2011

Belle, Book and Kindle

Each month I promise myself I will blog every day or every other day. So far so failure! My birthday was last week and that was the last time I posted. Not a good start to my 67th year! But I did get my present request and so far I love it: a Kindle. It does take a bit of getting used to and I will not dump real books in favor of it -- but is definitely a good thing.

One of the drawbacks is that you can very easily order a book when you didn't mean to --  I expect that if I take the time and trouble I will be able to change a setting on my Amazon account and disable the 'one click' feature. A couple of days ago I was browsing from my Kindle on Amazon and wanted to check out information about The Tiger's Wife. I inadvertently hit the 'buy' button and seconds later the book was on the device -- not much time for cancellation! Fortunately, it was a good choice for a mistaken purchase. It has had good reviews so I decided to read it and am absorbed. So far so lovely ... I've already have many books for my summertime reading in France, including one over one thousand pages -- a novel that would be a lot easier to read on the Kindle, but another called The Pursuit of Italy which I would suggest is much better to have as a book as there are pictures and I like to go back and forth between pages with my history books! Same with my French grammars -- they need to be literally 'handy' not 'push buttony'.

I've mentioned La Belle France ... Monday I will have just under two weeks to organize my share of the packing. Big chore. Our dream is to be able to fly off to our little getaway -- fat chance that will ever happen. This year there is  more than usual as the Man has decided to trudge down there with a dining room suite he has got his hands on -- which means taking the trailer -- not a big one, mind you -- but nevertheless just as expensive on the ferry as if it were another car! There are clothes -- if we stay longer than September we must include warmer clothing -- always a pain to decide what to take. I won't admit to it, but there are also certain foodstuffs that the Man especially can't do without -- Heinz baked beans, for instance!

When we get there we will find the usual garden nightmare:

Our trailer -- the one that costs the same as the car on ferry! Quel  drag!

At least the sun shines! Although this year it does seem that whenever I arrive at a destination the sun subsides and dark clouds and rain abide ... In that case, I shall just have to make do with the food and the wine!!


  1. Hello:
    Oh how wonderful to have a second home in France, but we do sympatise over the work involved in sorting out the garden every time you arrive. Nevertheless, there are the compensations. As you say, glorious food and wine so whatever the weather we are sure that you will have a msot enjoyable time!

  2. I received a Kindle last Christmas from my daughter and have yet to give it a try. Perhaps someday?

    Have a great week :-)

    BTW, the video was great!

  3. You are a lucky lady, by most people's standards. Enjoy la belle France and do talk about it with us who are stuck in just one place.

  4. G'day Broad. Belated birthday wishes. I hope it was a good day for you. I am interested in the Kindle. I've not heard of it before, though will look it up on the internet. Enjoy your getaway to France, how lovely. Can I come too?..........
    Take care. Liz...

  5. @Jane and Lance: I'm so happy to see you here as I have just discovered your blog and just love it! Thank you for your kind comments.

  6. @The Old Geezer: You should definitely try out your Kindle -- it's so easy to carry around with you and always have something on hand to read -- think of it as enhancing your reading capability!

  7. @Rosaria: you are absolutely right I am very lucky and it is my intention to post about the French side of my life -- I'm just ever so grateful I can do it in English/American!!

  8. @Liz: Thank you for the belated birthday wishes! The Amazon website will give you plenty of info about the Kindle. Always a welcome for you in France -- what a way to leave the moving to 'hubby', eh?

  9. Hi, Broad: That's lovely you can spend a sunny (one hopes!) summer in France. Please do posts with lots of pictures! And enjoy your Kindle. I'm so amazed at the devices available now. My husband just bought an iPAD2 and I'm in awe of all that's possible on that little device. I always greatly enjoy your posts whenever you write one!

  10. Thank you, Kathy. The IPAD is a great device and so convenient. The Kindle version I have has 3G connectivity as well as wireless, which means that in the 'broadbandless' section of the village where our house is I will be able to buy books from Amazon -- at no charge.

  11. Belated birthday wishes! my sister in law got a Kindle for her birthday in April and adores it. Enjoy.


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