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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Waiting for the BOOM

It is 27 degrees centigrade which is just slightly over 80 F and I am sitting in the garden of our French house in order to capture the Internet signal from my mobile Internet unit. There is a violent thunderstorm  with 80 mph winds predicted for 20 minutes from now! At the moment there is not a breeze in the air, but in the distance I can see dark clouds are probably approaching. In the distance it is possible I may have just heard the ever so slight sound of thunder rumbling... Oops I had better get that sun-lounger cushion into the garage.

We have been here since June 11th and are now just about straight. The grass has been cut and the flowers planted into hanging baskets, all hung and growing prettily. The Man did all of that. It's a perfect place for Man-type puttering and I confess to leaving him to it! I prefer to be left to my books and to keeping myself connected to the Internet, if somewhat sporadically.  And I also am in charge of the food and cooking it, unless there is a barbecue and then The Man does his 'thing'. It takes him a while, but eventually he learns to get the chicken cooked through without burning it to inedibleness... I am looking forward to that eventuality!

That was a definite sound of thunder in the not so faraway distance. Better get a move on... Over and out for now!!

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  1. Things were heating up weather-wise just as we left France. I love sunshine but can't tolerate extreme heat.

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    1. Well the extreme heat has definitely abated -- for now -- for a few days! Sounds like you had perfect weather while you were here. Sorry to have missed you...

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  2. We had a lot of banging and crashing with flashes of lightning and heavy rain late afternoon (south-west France). It was a good excuse to sit on the covered terrace and watch the show with a glass of red.

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    1. Oh a covered terrace sounds lovely! I just had to stand in he doorway as the rain cascaded by... And our terrace would so perfectly suit a cover, too...

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  3. Dear Broad, I so love the sound of thunder and a rain shower. It cools down these hot days here in western Missouri and leaves the air smelling fresh. Did your storm come? And did you get the cushions put away and yourself out of harms way? I'm wondering what books you are reading. I'm reading up a storm this summer as I let myself sink into relaxation. Take care and enjoy. Peace.

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    1. Well I have just finished a lovely book called The President's Hat about the adventures of a hat belonging to President Mitterand that was stolen when he inadvertently left it behind at a restaurant. Now I am reading the third volume of Robert Caro's biography of Lyndon Johnson -- Master of the Senate. I have already read the volumes 1, 2, and 4. Absolutely fascinating and riveting, but I can only deal with one volume a year. He was an amazing man that you love and hate and after reading one I just have to get away from him for a while!! So far I have read about 100 pages of over 1,000. After publishing this post I ran to get the cushion under cover and then grabbed all my paraphernalia and got inside just in time! At the moment it is quite lovely sitting out here replying to you!

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    2. Dear Broad, I, too, have read the Caro series. He's a fine writer and I think very even-handed about Johnson. Thanks for your lovely response. I'm glad you grabbed the paraphernalia in time! Peace.

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  4. I think I would be too frustrated waiting, laptop at the ready, for a signal. I almost wrote "the signal."

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    1. The thing about being here is that I find myself too laid back to get too frustrated about anything except running out of wine!!

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  5. Good to read the catch up. Enjoy your time in France.

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    1. Thank you Gaynor. It is good to be back again. We made a real effort this year to get back here again in early June and it has been well worth the effort.

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  6. It sounds like you're having a wonderful time. I too would be frustrated with spotty internet coverage. But you are making the best of the situation, it seems. Thanks for sharing some of your adventures with me. :-)

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    1. Each year the Internet connection situation is better than the previous year so at least I see progress! This year I was amazed to actually be able at some times of the day to have a signal from inside the house! Whatever next?

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  7. Summer storms can be violent. We have had a few, but thankfully, they were fast moving but did leave some downed trees and a mess of branches all around. I hope the worst of your storm passed you by.

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