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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Posting Post Brexit under the Shade of the Old Oak Tree

I could, of course, blame post Brexit blues. Which wouldn't be entirely false -- at least for a couple of days. At that point I was forced to leave for two weeks in Italy visiting my son, Andy, who lives about an hour north of Venice. A week later we were off to Florence for a week with my youngest sister and her two sons and their girlfriends. We all stayed in a beautiful old villa in the hills overlooking the city's Duomo. Idyllic, yes it was. It was also unbearably hot.

I will write more about my Italian adventures soon. Once back in the UK we had only a few weeks to organize our annual sojourn to France and also dismantle the kitchen for it's renovation. An anecdote to the kitchen is that I am so glad I am not there as is usual with these things it has not been straightforward -- nor was it ompleted in the promised two weeks!!! More about that later, too...

So here I sit in the French sunshine of September -- under the oak tree, with an mobile Internet connection enabling me to at long last do a bit more than download email and check the weather forecast. It is not perfect, but it is a vast improvement and better than having to beg Internet access from willing friends.

As for Brexit... No one quite believes it will actually ever happen and everyone is afraid that maybe it will. It has occurred to me and I have heard it compared to the 'phony war' of World War II. On the one hand -- please just get on with it -- and on the other maybe it won't happen after all. Personally, I feel pretty much 'doom and gloom'. Not particularly about Britain, as much as about the whole European Union and its future. Of course if I really want for 'Doom and Gloom' this coming November could Trump all of this into something far more alarming...

Best to lie back under the old oak tree listening to Classic FM , blissfully content and almost carefree...


29 comments:

  1. I feel this "doom and gloom" sensation too, living in the US where the government seems to have gone mad. Strange times indeed. Enjoy your old oak tree. They seem to know how to comfort us humans... :-)

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    1. It has been a source of great solace throughout the hot days. And in the evenings we sit out and watch half a dozen bats swirling about and entertaining us as they gorge themselves on insects!

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  2. Glad you are where you are, France is a wonderful place to be. As for Brexit no one has any idea how it is going to effect us!!!!!! Keep well Diane

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    1. Very glad to be in France at the moment. The weather, the food, the wine and lots of good books to read. As you say, no one knows -- anything, it seems...

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  3. As to the EU and Brexit - I voted to remain in the EU but we are (thank goodness) a democracy and the Brexiters won, so we have to accept that. I have to say that since that day I have not given the matter a single thought and I don't intend to as I can do little or nothing about it anyway.

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    1. I expect Weaver that you are the wise one. But I can't help but think that democracy or not, some things should not be put to a vote ...

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    2. Exactly. Done for political enhancement, the worst possible motive for leading us into the complete unknown.

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    3. People talk a lot about democracy as if that is the answer to everything. We elect representatives to 'represent' us and to make decisions for us based on what they decide -- because that is what we elect them to do -- to to respond to every populist whim -- but to deliberate and decide. In my opinion the referendum was a populist opinion pole and our representatives should take it into consideration as part of their deliberations on what the right course of action should be.

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  4. As for Trump, I will not vote for him, and I am confident there will be sufficient like minded voters in November to pass that test.

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    1. The trouble is, Joanne, that the powers that be in the media like to stir things up as much as possible -- The more dire the possible outcome, the more they seem to like it. Having said that, I trust you are right...

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  5. Like you, I was pretty down for a while, but a sailing holiday in Scandinavia soon put it into perspective. There is nothing we can do, but see how this plays out. Keeping up the blog is always a challenge and like you, I am always behind - life keeps getting in the way, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Still it's a good way to keep a record.

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    1. I would love a sailing holiday in Scandinavia! Ever since BBC 4 started those dark gloomy mysteries my Saturday nights have been taken up glued to the subtitles!!!

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  6. I for one can't wait for this election, which takes place on my birthday, to be over.

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  7. You have my deepest sympathy. Presidential elections are dreadful...

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  8. Good post, Broad. I feel as bad today as I did as the results unfolded.
    I am an unrepentant member of the 48%. I am heartbroken and I won't just go away however much the Brexiteers would like us to. I'll continue to be an advocate for both Europe and the EU. I won't let the likes of Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage et al forget the lies they told about the cost of the EU and their promises about how the money could be spent.
    I was appalled to hear Nigel Farage say that Brexit was a victory for decent people. I'm a decent person and have become sick of the ' brexit means brexit' mantra.
    I don't know what the future holds, but do understand that we live in a democracy...

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    1. I feel pretty much the same as you. As for the 'Brexit means Brexit' mantra -- just what the hell does that mean?

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    3. Jean, I went to respond to your comment and have inadvertently and mistakenly removed it. :-( Please accept my appologies and resubmit ...

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      Basically, I wonder what is the point of democracy if we can be led to our own doom so easily. The referendum should never have happened, it came about for political gain and the fact that all the principle promises used to convince the voters to vote to leave have since quickly been withdrawn says it all I think.

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  9. We are fine and better off without the EU. Still people do not know how it works and what they were paying for and where their money went and who could end up President of the EU. Turkey waits in the wings. Would you be happy with Erdogan as President of the EU? It could easily happen.

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    1. In my opinion Turkey will not become a member of the EU at least not in my lifetime. In order for that to happen all member states would have to agree and I cannot see Cyprus and Greece agreeing to that -- for two. I also suspect that Hungary would not agree either. We may not know who in the future may end up President of the EU, but then we don't know who will end up being President or Prime Minister of any EU country in the future.

      I hope you are right about being fine and better of without the EU and I hope the EU will be fine and better off without us. But I suspect that neither situation is the case. Italy is having a referendum within a year and the Danes and the Dutch are making lots of unhappy noises. I think the future of the Eu is at stake and that is not, I believe, for the best.

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    3. I used Turkey as an example. There could be many scenarios.

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    4. For me it's too much of a leap of faith into the unknown, led by people whose judgement I don't trust and can't believe.

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  10. Hello Broad!
    So now things are back to normal, that picture with the laptop and the chair beneath the tree is just soo nice!!! It will be nice to hear more about Italy, I have never been there but I did study italian in college....forgot most of it. The EU is colossal and that is troublesome with so many wills trying to make ends meet. There have been times when we regretted ever getting into it in 1994, but it must be better in than out. At least if things are handled sensibly. Right now our milkfarmers are payed to sell out their farms. For many years our fruitfarms have been doing poorly because of the many fruitfarms in southern Europe that needs to survive. I wouldn't know where to begin had I any power. But in these times where democracy and common sense is threatened and terrorism is spreading, we need each other. Refugees are filling camp after camp. Erdogan might be a problem, but his country is such a mess right now, he needs to sort it out. As for Trump....
    EU may be a very heavyhandled vehicle but it did start for a very good reason. If we could find the way back to that, peace and understanding, respect and generosity, good political work, maybe then it could do.
    Brexit was maybe the startingpoint of an awakening??

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    1. Very well put, Fairtrader. I really do hope that Brexit is the starting point of an a Wake up call for the whole community. Hope there is some wisdom out there to tackle it!

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