In other news, we now have a small, but fairly efficient minibus service running through the local villages and the town of La Roche. I was looking up their routes and schedules and at a very reasonable cost of €1.50 per trip into town (cheaper with a weekly/monthly/annual bus pass, of course) it might be something I'd be interested in using on a regular basis. One of the reasons I thought I might eventually have to leave this village was the lack of any public transport at all because I'm guessing at some point I will no longer want or be able to drive. I may even just use it when I no longer feel up to driving on the snow! So that's finally some positive news!
As for the rugby world cup, I was disappointed that last Saturday's match between England and France had to be cancelled because of the typhoon (I think it would have been a good match, although I think England were the favourites to win), but I guess during a typhoon there are more pressing things to worry about than rugby aren't there! In any case, both countries have gone through to the next round, but if anyone has been watching it what do you think about Japan????? What a surprise they have been! I mean, when you say the word "rugby", "Japan" isn't the first word that springs to mind is it!! Just wow!
In other news, I don't know if I mentioned it before but the daughter next door asked me if I would be willing to teach English at her daughter's primary school a few hours a week as the teacher was panicking at the idea as she doesn't speak a word of English! I wasn't too keen, to be honest, as I'm not a natural teacher (even though I like little kids and I wasn't bothered by the fact that it would be unpaid) but I agreed to think about it. In the end, as someone at my sewing club pointed out, I would be back to being constrained by school holidays, knowing that they wouldn't want me to take leave outside of those dates so I decided to say no. I'm enjoying my life at the moment and it is pretty full on so I don't want to take on any more commitments that I'm not totally up for! I felt bad for saying no but in the end I think you have to put yourself first. All the more so since I just heard on Wednesday about another very nice colleague with what sounds like terminal cancer, and he's only in his mid-50s, if that, and in very good shape! Again, leave (if that's what you want) and really start living your life as soon as you can seems to be the only way to go!
Well I guess Mathilde isn't too mad at me for turning down the English teacher role as she told me that she and her English fiancé are trying to put together their wedding in the town hall as soon as possible (what with Brexit looming and him currently living in Switzerland there is an added bunch of BS paperwork for him to do). Anyway, she asked if I would be willing to stand in as the "official" interpreter at their wedding. Since his French isn't very good he is obliged to have an interpreter with him (one who is not related to him) and this time I was happy to say yes! It can't be that difficult, judging by Jordan and Jen's wedding ceremony at their Mairie in March. It did strike me as odd though as my ex spoke no French when we got married in Switzerland in 1985 and I just basically said "stand up", "sit down", "say 'oui'", and we got through it like that! Oh well, I guess times have changed!
And moving swiftly on, I saw on Facebook last night that the Tour de France will be ending one of the legs of the race in our local town of La Roche next year. They will be riding up to the Plâteau de Glières (where I visited the resistance museum with my family in the summer) and then coming down and ending that day's racing in La Roche. This will involve quite a lot being spent on some of the mountain roads and will almost certainly involve a lot of hassle for us, but I guess most French people think it's a great thing, although I can't say it interests me much! I'm sure it'll be good for local businesses though! I had a drink with my lovely Dutchman last night in Geneva and he mentioned it, saying that he had wanted to visit Glières for ages, so I told him to get his backside into gear and we'll go, but please can we make it before it snows as it is quite a nasty route!
While I was sitting there with him, a colleague stopped and asked if I had any idea who was back in Europe? Now she was one of the people who, along with me, signed a complaint against a batshit, crazy former boss who put us through hell. So I immediately said "don't tell me Batshit is back" and she nodded. When she told me the name of the city where she would be working I thought "oh my God" and named the only large (and very important) organization I could think of in that city and she nodded a second time. Again "oh my God"! Despite having on her resumé that she was a "former student of the Institut de français in Nice", the woman literally couldn't string two words together in French (we would write stuff out for her phonetically and she would give up on sentence two and revert back to English)! It's odd because the other week I bumped into another colleague who mentioned her and I said I thought it must be about time for another "firing" as she seemed to have been at the latest place about 18 months, and looky looky, it would seem that the mad cow has indeed "moved on" again! Now that makes four places I know of that she was fired from and if she wasn't fired from her last-known place in Australia I'll eat my hat! The good news is that it is obviously becoming common knowledge that Batshit is back so I'm sure word will get out again. I'll give her 15 months or less at this new place!! I just feel sorry for the poor buggers who will be in psycho's firing line this time around!
On the exercise front I'm four-for-four so far this week - but my bloomin' shoulders are killing me tonight! Our newly-retired gent did, indeed, show up for yoga on Monday and I thought initially he would find it boring (you know, the gentle stretching and breathing exercises you start with), but she soon had us twisting ourselves into pretzels and I was aching by the end of the lesson, so I'm pretty sure he was too! He's off to Thailand for two weeks now but I'll be curious to see if he comes back - somehow I think he will!
At yoga on Tuesday my neighbour was so relaxed she fell asleep during the relaxation at the end again (😀), I was in to Geneva yesterday using the work's gym, followed by my pilates class this morning. Since I didn't go to bed until 1.30 a.m. this morning it was a struggle to get up for pilates to be honest but, yet again, I'm glad I went. After that I walked down to the market to do my shopping and then stopped off at the mobile drinks van to have a drink. While I was there a lady sat down next to me and we eventually got chatting. I would guess she is a few years older than me, also divorced, and after one short meeting somehow I seem to have agreed to go cycling with her!!! I must be mad, I haven't been on a bike for years, but while she agreed it wouldn't be much fun around my village because it is too mountainous, she told me I could always throw my bike in the back of my car and we could cycle round her area, which is flatter! So working on the basis that it's better to say "yes" than "no" to new opportunities, it looks like I'll be out cycling with Ginette the next time the sun comes out! Lordy, lordy! So it would seem that sore shoulders and a sore bum are soon to be on the agenda!
As we were chatting a couple of older gents walked up and asked if they could sit with us (there were no spare seats). She recognized the one I will call "Mr. Personality Plus" as the older chappie who had invited her to dance at their village fête, and he was quite the character! Turns out he was 85 and his friend, Mr. More Reserved, was 89 (but didn't look it) and we ended up spending a lovely hour sitting chatting with them telling us stories from "the olden days" when they were both still farming! And you know what, I loved it! I love the old characters and I love meeting new people and having new experiences! They told us if we wanted to meet them "same time, same place" next week we'd be all booked up for another one-hour chinwag. So there you have it, "scored" again!
|I bought some beautiful goat's cheese from this guy!|
|The spice merchant - I only bought ras-al-hanout this time (north African spice)!|