Monday, May 22, 2017

Not All Is Political!

Spring is melding into summer. It's warm outside and May is not even over in the Northwest of England! Unusual in my experience, having lived in this part of the world only since the early 80's. It's now time to get ready for the yearly travel to France -- and this year we are once again able to leave in June to be there in time for my birthday in the middle of the month. We had planned to leave earlier but have been  delayed by the need of The Man to cast his vote and watch the results unfold.

Whatever the result, he will probably not be happy with it, being a Liberal Democrat and all...

Being a political junkie myself, I never thought I would have had enough of politics and all the hoopla that goes on around them. However, I have had enough for a while. Although, I must say that the limited time we in Britain must endure ads on television -- the parties take turns having 5 minute time slots per night on each channel is heavenly common sense compared to the pure hell of the American  daily ordeal. And we have never received a party political phone call here either. The only complaint I've read about is someone who is unhappy from hearing a political pamphlet shoved through the mailbox after midnight! Tame stuff to anyone who has had to endure the madness of America during a presidential campaign!

I haven't posted anything since the 28th of March! I felt that I didn't have anything worth writing about. Couldn't seem to process events other than what's been in the headlines when of course there is really everything else that is more important and more interesting even if I haven't been able to see it, think of it. For example:

My youngest son and his partner, who live with us now, will be having their first child at the end of October! As The Man and I have 7 grandsons, we are rather hoping for a girl! But healthy boy or girl, when all is said and done, it really doesn't matter! The happy couple is also renovating a house of their own,  not very far away, so  I think they are  hoping to be moved in by the time the baby comes.

All of this activity has brought back may memories of establishing our own family nest -- and that was very complicated. The Man and I now can look forward but also back, but we look back at experience rather than as longing.

Imminent looking forward are books for the summer reading and polishing up on my blogging imagination and packing up. This year I'm flying to Limoges and The Man is driving down. He will pick ,me up as he passes by. Hopefully, his timing and Ryanair coincide!


  1. Dear Broad, you are so right about the horridness of the US presidential campaign. It goes on for at least 18 months and we are bombarded by advertisements on television and by nightly news. This past campaign was particularly difficult to watch and endure.

    And as the days pass, things don't seem to get much better here politically. I'm wondering how Brexit is affecting you. We hear a little about it on the news, but not much really.

    I'm happy to know that your son and his partner are awaiting your eighth grandchild. And that they are also going to live close by. Peace.

    1. I find it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to contemplate a visit to my homeland with the present political situation. But I do miss my family and they are heartbroken, too... Brexit is a very sad thing as far as I am concerned. We have no idea how it will affect us personally -- but it's bound to be very painful.

  2. Good to hear from you again.
    We are also awaiting the birth of our first grandson in June. Unfortunately we move house in the UK at the same time, so I suspect it will be busy!
    Good idea to fly and let your husband drive. I find the journey down to the Touraine a chore, and you have so much further to go. We always say that we will make the journey into a holiday, but seldom do.
    Anyway, enjoy your time in France - I think you will both certainly need a long break and quite possibly a hard hat as the election results unfold, if, as I fear, the Conservatives feel they have the mandate for an unfettered wreckfest of public services in the pursuit of a hard Brexit!

    1. Wow! Moving house and a new grandson at the same time -- Best wishes on all counts! Our usual procedure for getting to our house is to arrive on the third day of travel. It is long and tedious, but I almost enjoy it! This year, however, there are complications involving the first stop due to our usual stays not being available to us. So my husband is sleeping in a situation which means he will not have a bathroom available to him throughout the night -- he can deal, but I can't!!! So I have a much more comfortable journey ahead of me -- in every way! As for stupid Brexit, I am keely aware that this summer and next will be the last as EU members and it makes me extremely sad...

  3. Oops! That last sentence was a paragraph long. Stream of unconsciousness... ;o)

  4. It is good to see you back here in Blogland, and I'm with you on being fed up with politics. It is simply madness here in the US these days, ever since we got the Orange Cheato. :-(


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