And talking about yoga, my neighbour was telling me that she bumped into Annie (the treasurer of the Tuesday afternoon yoga association) at the market and she was telling her that they are not going to renew the contract of Sylvie, the Tuesday teacher, this autumn after her last freak-out that I wrote about previously and we will now be getting Tiphaine instead. I reckon we will all be very pleased about that! Annie told my neighbour she was annoyed at herself for not speaking up when Sylvie wasted most of our lesson ranting about anything and everything, and I just assumed she meant she wished she had calmed her down and then asked her to get back to the class, but no - she said she wished she had finally spoken up and said enough is enough, this just isn't working out. I did comment to my neighbour that losing this contract might be the straw that breaks the camel's back but her response was just "pfft". So I guess I'm either a big softie or the French are a helluva lot tougher than I will ever be. Either way, while I feel sorry for this teacher, I'm glad that I'll now be getting in two lessons a week with Tiphaine come September!
After my lesson I thought why not take myself off walking like I used to do "BL" (before lock down), and I'm so pleased I did as it was glorious. I headed back off out to Thyez for a walk and while it is always a beautiful spot, the fact that people are still not allowed to picnic or use the play areas for the time being, and also with people now being back at work anyway, the parking lot was virtually empty and I almost had the place to myself. So on top of 90 minutes of yoga I got in a 12 km walk too and am feeling pretty chipper I must say!
|People are still not allowed to use the little beach as yet!|
When I got home I dragged my inflatable swimming pool up from the basement because this year I'm determined to have somewhere cold I can throw myself into when the temperatures start hitting 30°C (86°F) and upwards (and even in the 40s°C (104°F) on occasion). So I pottered about spreading it out, assembling the ladder and figuring out how to work the water filter and I realized that thing is going to take up half my back terrace. But so what, it's the only part of my land that's actually flat so if that's where it has to be, then so be it. Maybe at least this way I will be able to laze in my "pool" while grabbing myself a cool drink out the fridge at the same time! So with that in mind I took my little temporary greenhouses back down into the basement and I reckon moving the BBQ and the table and chairs just a little I should still be ok. My neighbour came over with his electric air pump to get it started but it's a bit of a dud so I think I'll go out tomorrow and buy a new one - well that and maybe an inflatable armchair (with drink stand) and some Elton John-style sunglasses to go with it! You've gotta look the part after all. It's either that or I'm off up to a place called the Plâteau de Cenise tomorrow so we'll see which one wins.
I have a bit more planting out to do but other than that I just pottered in the garden when I got back from my walk, putting another couple of bags of grass clippings onto my compost heap and would you believe it, when I turned that stuff over the underside bit was actually steaming, so I guess something's working/composting. My neighbour is dead impressed with my "ingenuity" so he said and is now setting up another compost heap in his garden and we're going to see who can grow the biggest pumpkins in it!
Then on Saturday we had our latest "pandemic" board game evening. It had been set up before the world went to hell in a hand basket, so this time we decided to do it "virtually", with me going round to my neighbours and my son and his wife getting together with their two friends and we all "zoomed" in to play. I took over chicken in white wine and a German hot potato salad (which went over very well) and while the games were a bit hit and miss because of the hook ups, there was plenty of food and drink and we actually had a good time, playing until about 1 a.m. Next time is at my place where all being well we will get together on my back terrace (although some might have to play sitting in the pool now, come to think of it). Oh well, we'll just have to cross that bridge when we get to it!
|Virtual board game evening|
I've been limiting my news watching lately because while I want to know what's going on with the pandemic I don't want it playing in my head 24/7 on a constant loop. I think we need to be informed but we don't need to be scared out of our minds. I'm all the more determined to limit my TV watching though since I saw on the news the other night that "militants" had attacked a maternity hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing many mothers and newborns!!!! Have we always been this sick or is this just a new level of depravity? What in the hell is the world coming to, 'cos if you know I sure don't!
Anyway, I did put TV on the other night while I was trying to advance the wasgij I should never have bloody well started! There was nothing much on so I ended up watching Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in Sherlock Holmes, and while I like RD Jr. and thought he and JL sparred off each other pretty well, I did get sick of all the fight scenes and noisy brawls. Somehow, my impression of Sherlock Holmes is that he would never have been caught in anything as vulgar as a fight, he was just too much of a gentleman!
|Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes|
|Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes - now that's more like it!|
So basically there's bugger all to watch on TV. I ended up subscribing to Amazon Prime videos a while back because I wanted to watch The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel and since I've watched all three series I wasn't sure what else (if anything) I wanted to watch. A year or so ago a friend lent me the entire Downton Abbey series which I enjoyed, and then another friend lent me Desperate Housewives. I made it to series three of DH but then kinda got bored with it. I think what did it for me was "Susan" (Teri Hatcher) playing the perpetually dumb female making googoo eyes over "Mike" (James Denton) - you know, the actor who, while absolutely gorgeous, would seem to have just one facial expression and most likely just one act - a bit like Hugh Grant. I don't know, it was cute to begin with but I gave up in the end. Soooooo don't laugh but I decided I would start watching The Sopranos, going right back to the first series which was actually filmed in 1999 can you believe???? I know, I know, I'm anything but up-to-date. But either way I'm enjoying what I've seen so far. When I start watching this stuff I always end up looking up the actors, so I was shocked to see that the late James Gandolfini was only 37 when he made the first series. Gosh, with his balding head and dad bod I had him pegged to be in his 50s. I like him anyway, and it was really tragic to hear that he actually died at the age of 51 from a heart attack, but I must be totally off whack with my "sizing people up" skills, because I was way out on that one.
So I guess I'm only 21 years late watching the first series that everyone was raving about at the time, but better late than never I guess. Next they'll be telling me Princess Diana has died - ha, as if!
You're right, Downey is no Holmes. Cushing was great, but my favorite has always been Basil Rathbone. Oh, and pools are very, very nice.ReplyDelete
Ah yes Basil Rathbone - he was excellent also - but then he never played Dracula did he!Delete
Two series I have been blissfully ignorant of for a long time was Criminal Minds, and Brooklyn 99. both excellent but so different. Brooklyn 99 is hilarious and Criminal Minds gives me nightmares. I'm not feeling very normal at all-the stress and fighting about opening up,not opening up, wear a scarf, protesting scarf wearing is just making me sad, and feeling like the world is at it's end. Hearing you share about the terrorists in a maternity ward nearly crushes me. I need some humor, some good news soon.ReplyDelete
My sister keeps telling me about different series to watch but I've never had the patience to sit down and do it. I suppose the advantage of watching a 20-year-old series is that I don't have to wait until the following week to see the next episode. And that maternity hospital in Kabul just upset me so much. If warring factions want to go for it in different countries then let them get on with it but it's the innocent civilians that upset me - Syria, Yemen, Sudan? Those poor people have it so bad to begin with because of years of war and seemingly no escape from it.Delete
Loving the idea of your cooling off pool. I'll have to get something this year. At least I've got a bath this summer that I can fill will cool water. I liked yoga too but haven't found a local class as yet. You do live in a very beautiful place, lucky you.ReplyDelete
I got to the point last year where I was having three and four cold showers a day and still wasn't sleeping so it seemed like madness to leave that pool sitting in my basement. And I know what you mean about finding the right yoga class - we just seem to have struck it lucky with Tiphaine because her class is everything I hoped. Good luck, I'm sure you'll find something.Delete
I have never seen the Sopranos! I suppose I am behind, too. I don't think I would like the new Sherlock Holmes, and all the fighting would be plain annoying.ReplyDelete
Glad to know it's not just me that's behind the times then. And I don't much go for "action" films either as I find them just too noisy, irritating and frankly unbelievable - and to my mind there's certainly no place for all that in a Sherlock Holmes movie, but then what do I know!Delete
I have maybe watched ten episodes of the Sopranos. Never watched any Desperate Housewives. I did love Mrs. Maisel, though. We started watching a newish series on Netflix last night- Hollywood. Interesting! And some pretty men. Not that I care about things like that.ReplyDelete
Glad you are back at yoga and walking. Your life just sounds so very full and often fun. I love your pool plan. I need one too!
I liked Mrs. Maisel too (and those clothes!!!!!). Smart New York Jewish humour! I'll have to look up Hollywood too. I started filling my pool up today and I think it will take a few more hours and I'm done. Seriously, it's only 3 metres across but even when we had our house in Florida I never used the pool for anything other than cooling off. Over here, or at least in this region, I don't think it's worth installing a pool anyway as we would only get maybe four months' use out of it per year. But I sense I'm gonna enjoy this one!!Delete
I've never seen the Soprano's either. I'm usually many years behind the fads, haha.ReplyDelete
I'm terrible for not knowing what people are talking about when they're discussing the latest series, but the advantage of catching up many years later is you can binge watch!!!Delete
We love the Sopranos, have the entire series on DVD but then hubby loves any mafia movies, Scarface is his favorite, so much so that my very first gift to him was an autographed Scarface picture that Al Pacino signed and I got nicely framed. It still hangs in his office. Lots of neat characters in it. Lockdown life today starts to loosen up here too. Restaurants open at half capacity with social distancing, salons etc. Not sure about my dentist yet though. Best news - my dog groomer is reopened but now I can't get in for 3 more weeks so Buddy is going to get a small clip todayReplyDelete
I loved the Godfather trilogy (but then a young Al Pacino is my idea of sex on a stick), and I still have the mafia exposé Gomorra to read (well that and about another 100 books), so yep I do kinda like mafia stuff too. But what a lovely thoughtful gift that was for your husband - I'm sure he was thrilled. And I know how Buddy feels, the first hairdresser's appointment I could get is a week on Saturday but what can you do. Restaurants are still not open here though so I guess each country is opening up in different ways.Delete
Your life sounds totally idylic! Great weather, glorious scenery, swimming pool on the terrace and outdoor yoga! You live a movie star life lol. I liked the tv series of Sherlock Holmes with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman but I didn't like the movie. We've been watching Bones from season 1, there are 12 so we've plenty to keep us going. I can't sit and binge watch anything so we watch one episode a night - we could be here a while! xReplyDelete
I've always loved it here, just knew it was where I was meant to be, and even 40 years later that hasn't changed. Things did get stressful for many years - stress at work, a horrendous commute and a pretty horrific marriage so it hasn't always been great, but now that I'm single and retired, yep I love it. Actually I'm not sitting binge watching either but enjoying an episode every night and very pleasant it is too. I've seen Bones advertised on TV and will add that to my list if you think it's good.Delete
OMG, can’t believe it. We have been working our way through The Sopranos during lockdown and the end is in sight with just 11 episodes left. Are you sure we weren’t separated at birth or is it just further evidence as to how so many people’s retirements mirror each other’s? On reflection, possibly more indicative of the poor choice on TV lately, coupled with being of the age where so involved in childcare when the series was all the rage that it passed us by!ReplyDelete
We do seem to have a lot in common don't we, but what you say about "no more child care" makes sense. 21 years ago my kids were 11 and 6 so I would never have had time to sit down and watch TV. I'm still on series 1 of The Sopranos but so far so good. But you might also be right - bugger all on TV will make you look elsewhere won't it.Delete
Loved the Sopranos, watched more sporadically when it was on also being so busy with kids. I have my 32 year old starting it and I might again! A very intriguing one I'm going to start is Unorthodox and am 1/2 way into Ozark which is really good.ReplyDelete
When I was younger I didn't have the patience to sit and watch TV (or the time really) but I am enjoying watching one episode a night. And thanks for the recommendations of the other two - I'm writing them all down so looks like I have plenty to be going on with.Delete