I couldn't get to sleep last night which, while unpleasant, is not the end of the world since it doesn't happen very often. I went to bed about 1 a.m. but ended up reading my book until 4 a.m. - when I finally nodded off - only to wake up at 7.30! If it's only the occasional time I can live with that (well obviously, I just did) but I do feel for people with long-term insomnia, it must be hell! It was raining when I got up and then I remembered I had promised myself I would go out walking today, because if little girls and little old ladies can do it, so can I! I decided I wanted to head out to three small lakes I had visited just before lockdown to see if you can actually walk around all three and how long it would take. There is also a very old bridge nearby that I wanted to visit called le Vieux Pont (the old bridge - not exactly given to hyperbole were they). When I looked it up I see that it was first mentioned in 1225 but it obviously dates quite a bit further back than that.
|Le Vieux Pont, Sallanches|
On a side note, that takes me off on another tangential "old bridge story" that I remember from many years ago (can't remember exactly when though I remember seeing it on British TV). There was a very old bridge that had reached an important centenary anniversary somewhere in Switzerland - either the Swiss German part or the Italian-speaking part, but I can't remember that either. So they had all the local dignitaries lined up and a massive ribbon tied across it for the Mayor to cut. The band was playing, the Mayor was holding the scissors - and the bloody bridge collapsed!!!! Thankfully no-one was on it at the time, and I later asked my friend's Swiss husband if he remembered it but he couldn't place it! Funny how it always stuck with me though!
Since I was heading out that way, I decided to stop in at the Saturday market in St. Pierre as I'm finding it difficult to store my fresh fruit and veg at the moment. Thinking about it, it might be a good idea to start shopping for it twice a week rather than just once in this heat. Anyway, as I was pulling into the parking lot, the lady just in front of me screeched her car to a halt and parked diagonally across two parking spaces. Now there were plenty of spaces available where she could have parked well away from other cars if she was worried about her car getting damaged, but nope, she parked directly in between two cars but diagonally! Ignorant cow! I do wonder about people like that though!
So I bought a few things - aubergines, courgettes, tomatoes and so on - and decided that since it was a bit cooler I wouldn't take them back home but head straight on out to Sallanches. Trouble is, I took the wrong bloody turn again and ended up back at the lake at Passy where I went a few days ago. Oh well, by this time I was getting hungry so decided to walk round it again since that was the main objective anyway. This time though, there were even fewer people than previously - even though it wasn't busy then. I guess since they had forecast thunder storms people stayed away, but we actually ended up not getting any rain. Obviously for people like me getting the lake almost to myself is great, but for the businesses there it's got to be very hard indeed seeing their August numbers drop so badly, right after such a strict lockdown!
When I pulled into the parking lot I handed over my €2 fee and realized that the young man didn't give me a ticket to display. Hmmmmm! He just waved me on through. So I tried to watch if he handed the next car a ticket (can't be sure) but on walking towards the lake I realized that some cars were displaying tickets and some weren't. That's obviously a nice little number he's got going there then. One for him and one for the boss! Since it was so quiet and I was hungry I decided to stop at the little restaurant there, blow my diet to hell with a Ceasar salad (very good!) and add in a glass of wine just to make sure I would feel like an abject failure. Nah, that didn't work, I thoroughly enjoyed myself! I think there were only five tables occupied on the terrace so I got to sit and watch the kids (and at least one dad) messing around on the "bouncy castle" kind of thingy!
|Dad was having to go round each circuit and "bounce" his kids into the air.|
He must have been knackered with three kids!
|See what I mean, there was nobody on the beach.|
|Everyone fishing on the south side of the lake got their own little pontoon!|
I made it round in 45 minutes this time and it was more pleasant because the temperature had dropped and the wind had picked up - enough to get some good kite-flying in!
|You can just about see the kite in this picture!|
I don't have insomnia, but now and then will wake up and seem to have a hard time falling back to sleep. So I started wearing my HRM which also monitors you sleep and it turns out I do wake up around the same time every night but it only last for about 5 minutes before I'm back in slumber land. Maybe I'm dreaming I'm awake.ReplyDelete
The old bridge... cute.
I think sometimes you can believe you've been awake for ages when in reality it is just a few minutes. I was definitely awake until 4 a.m. though as I was reading. I also think eating earlier might help but who knows!Delete
I hadn't heard about the poisoning but then our news is full of covid, it's a great time to get away with things, accountability is so reduced!ReplyDelete
Hot cars and fresh veg don't mix, do they? I usually just try to forgive myself and cook it as soon as i get home
The poisoning happened about 4 days ago and has been all over the news here, but you're right, it's a good way to hide "bad news" isn't it. I managed to save my veg, thankfully, but lesson learned!Delete
We all thank the brave women of the world wherever they labor. I wonder where that woman learned to park and if she does this all the time. Could she be drinking?ReplyDelete
We all owe so much to the people that went before us don't we, and I think we in the west don't realize how hard they have it in other countries. As for the woman, she wasn't drunk - just an ignoramus!Delete
We used to have only four spots at tge post office. Small town. One time a newcomer parked right across two middle spots. Right angles to the lines. Next two arrivals parked normally one on each side. So he was totally blocked in when he tried to leave. Screaming with rage. You don't mess with small town folk!ReplyDelete
Ha ha, that's brilliant. I know of someone (another batshit crazy ex-colleague - must write about her sometime) who parked ACROSS 2 handicapped spots at the supermarket. She of course wasn't handicapped and blocked someone in. When the lady she blocked asked her to move so she could get out this ex-colleague said "oh I'll only be a minute as I don't have much shopping to do, you'll have to wait"! Another time I remember seeing a Parisian car parked across the one and only exit of a parking lot in a ski resort and he had gone off skiing. They had his car towed (but I hope it got a few scratches too). Some people really are just pig ignorant!Delete
Bouds story reminds me of one we heard from a deputy in our small town. At the local tavern, someome from out of state pulled in with his pickup and pulling a boat trailer. Just parked and blocked all the locals. Needless to say when it was time for him to leave he found he couldn't get out, LOL.Delete
I don't know why they do it (especially when there is appropriate parking available). Maybe they are just entitled or maybe they're happy to start a fight!Delete
Again,gorgeous countryside and views, but I cannot get past that fool in the parking space.ReplyDelete
I am not a vandal, but that makes me wanna drag a key alongside that car.
She could easily have straddled two parking spaces but at least pointing in the same direction as the other cars. Some people are just assholes, though I hope some day they get their comeuppance!Delete
So many people just cannot believe that the rules apply to them. I guess we all do in one way or another but not to that selfish degree.ReplyDelete
Sounds like you've been making good use of your time, even the time when you cannot sleep.
My idea of living dangerously is eating my After Eights at 7.30, but I get what you mean. And I can indeed get by on very little sleep although would prefer not to. Maybe it just makes me sharpen my senses. Who knows. I know when I go on my travels it's like that and while I'm tired I'm always up and raring to go!Delete
I'm sorry for your poor sleep-I can relate. Nw tha tI can tool around with my bike with a basket, I am more likely to pc up fresh vegetables at least from the store. I'll see how brave I am peddling ot the farmers market. That lake sure seems like a lovely place to relax and ejo. Even better when deserted.ReplyDelete
I will be following your cycling escapades very closely. I think you need to attach a teddy bear to the front basket though - just to be authentic!Delete
I’m afraid I need at least 7 hours sleep to function the next day, so am impressed that not only did you brave the heat, get your shopping done, lunch out, walk a full circuit of the lake but came home and then wrote us a blog entry about it all. Hope you caught up with sleep last night though.ReplyDelete
Ha ha, yeah, I guess some days I'm like the Energizer bunny - but then sometimes I'm definitely not! Swings and roundabouts I guess!Delete