So Biden and Putin met in Geneva today and, as would be expected, half of Geneva was closed off and it must have been pretty damn miserable for anyone trying to get to work. I would imagine today would have been the day for people to work from home but of course that's not possible for everyone. I'm sure there was no love lost between the two leaders but by gum doesn't Putin always have a face like there's a bad smell in the room!
André came in yesterday and told me that when he was driving into town he started having trouble with his car seat - it wouldn't stay in the forward position - so he's not sure if he's going to have to make yet another appointment with Ford to get that sorted. He keeps pouring money into the bloody thing and every time we hope that this time that's it, but there always seems to be something new to fix. Admittedly his dad bought it in 2009 so it's not a new car. More to the point, this is the car that his dad went out drunk one Saturday afternoon and spent $60,000 on a brand new car for himself! Man was I pissed off (a) that he was drunk, and (b) that he spent that much money without as much as a "by your leave" to me, even though paying for the damn thing was going to come out of our joint account! At least that was one thing that I insisted he take on in the divorce settlement - reimbursement of his car loan. I mean, it's not like he looked after the damn thing or anything. In fact, about six years ago he had to have a completely new engine put in because he never bothered checking the oil and the engine just blew. So on that basis André bought the car off his dad when he left to go back to the States, and while it hasn't been a bad car as such, it does seem to be constantly haemorrhaging money at the moment. Hell, I told him to just attach a new car to the wing mirror and be done with it but I sense that didn't go down too well! Oh well, not my problem is it!
In other matters, yesterday I took a trip out to the large charity store near here and the first thing I saw as I walked in was a baby bouncy chair - for the grand sum of €6 (brand new they run between €60 and €70)! Talk about lucking out! I've dropped off stuff there before but never actually been in to buy anything. I can't say the place did anything for me, to be honest, but I reckon you could maybe get some halfway decent second-hand furniture if you were just starting out. I don't think I'll be going back again to buy though - I'd rather stick to vide-greniers - but it certainly was worth the trip, once I'd got back home and washed the cover. So now we have somewhere to plonk the babe when he's at my place all for the grand sum of €6!
I see that the British Embassy in Paris is also doing a big push to get expat Brits living in France to hurry up and request their residency permits before the cut off date of 30 June if they have not already done so. Beyond that date, any Brit either living or wanting to live in France will be subject to the more stringent rules that apply to third country nationals. I say hats off to them really because I find it hard to believe that people who live here can be that cut off from the reality of what's required for a Brit after Brexit. I suppose some older people might not be computer-literate, of course, but there have been groups set up to try to help these people do what they need to do in time, the Embassy has addressed letters to Mairies in France to bring this to their attention, and they are also taking out newspaper ads saying "hey, you've got two weeks left to do the necessary"! I suppose some will get caught out but it won't be for lack of trying to reach them!
Now that the good weather has finally arrived my garden has gone nuts. Trouble is, everything seems to flower at once for one magnificent burst of colour in June and then bam it's all gone again. Still, sitting in my garden at this time of year is just glorious!
|Richard Osman (that's him on the right)!!!!|
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It sounds like it might be time for Andre to consider buying a new car? Probably just what he doesnt want when he's about to have a mortgage and house bills!!ReplyDelete
I've looked at that book a few times and I'm not sure if I'd like it or not. On your recommendation I might have another look! I'm about to start the Governess by Wendy Holden. It's about the queens childhood governess - well a fictionised version I suppose.
Your garden looks lovely. I love those roses, what a gorgeous colour. I hope they smell nice too!
Great luck finding the chair for the baby. I loved those bouncy chairs for babies and the babies loved them too!
Great news on your 'freedom'. I think our government yet again took too long to shut the borders to the Indian variant and we're in the mire of that now. Being fully vaccinated doesn't seem to be totally effective against it so we're all still banged up! x
The book was "cute" - very British, all tea and cucumber sandwiches kinda thing. Now I download a sample onto my kindle before I buy and that usually lets me know whether I would like it or not. And thanks for the recommendation about The Governess. Even though I've got literally 100s of books waiting to be read I'm always on the lookout. And yes I'm pleased about the bouncy chair. When they're awake but you need to be cooking or something I think it's nice that they can be around and you can chat to them (bore them back to sleep?). As for André, he loves that car for some reason that is beyond me so let him have at it. Regarding covid, I saw yesterday that France is still limiting travel to France to "essential travel only" so maybe they got that right, although with relatively free travel within the Schengen area who the heck knows what's going on!Delete
I saw were Putin said something about dealing with an 'established statesman,' the closest thing he came to a compliment. Over here, Ford stands for Fix Or Repair Daily. And isn't it a shame that when someone dies, we now think immediately of Covid?ReplyDelete
But, but, but --- I thought Trump and Putin were best buddies!!!! As for Ford, I've had quite a few and been very happy with them. I think my son's car is just creeping up in age and like everything else, his dad never took care of it so now André is paying the price. Still, he has a new mortgage coming up and while I've tried to convince him to buy a cheap-ish beater car he won't hear of it so I have to let him get on with it. As for Cami, I did wonder but I don't think it was covid, just her time to go. She could be a pain in the butt, to be honest, and was quite disruptive at class but then all I can say is "go for it". I can only hope to be like that when I'm 90!!!Delete
I read that book! It was sweet. I enjoyed it.ReplyDelete
You sure are busy, woman! You are the opposite of me in that you are a joiner whereas I am definitely not. I often joke that I will not belong to anything called a "club". It's not really a joke, though.
But I enjoy living that life a little bit through you, vicariously.
Ha ha, and here's me thinking we are so alike! I guess I've never considered myself a "joiner" at all because I'm perfectly content in my own company. I do know that the thought of sitting in my rocking chair between now and my last day on earth and having someone find me covered in cobwebs like Psycho's mother horrifies me! I don't know, I just feel I worked so hard to get to where I am right now - retired and happy - so while I still have my health I want to go for it. Hell, I'm already thinking about where to go on my next long haul trip - and yet every time I say "this will be the last"! Hopefully it never is!Delete
How much was the bouncy chair in USD? I certainly don't want to face wall to wall mirrors any time soon! Flowers are beautiful.ReplyDelete
€6 is about $7 as the $ is worth about €0.84 at the moment. Either way it's better than spending €70! And as for the wall-to-wall mirrors - they are pretty sobering, I can tell you!Delete
Im' happy to hear the case rates are lowering, and your economy is opening up. Ihad to laguh at your description of Putins expression=at all time! I think Biden is so calm and won't get inot the political theater that I think Putin trhived on with Trump. You got a good buy on the seat for your little Charlie. I've decided I'm going to brush up on my French and add some Spansih. I've been looking at the area my daughter plans to go to school, and it owuld be incredible to visit her next spring, but I feel like I need a bit of the language under my belt. Frenh? I truly see spending a bulk of my retiremnt travel in France-I admire your Italian lessons.ReplyDelete
Where will your daughter be going to school next spring? Exciting stuff! When I was at college we spent a term at Montpellier University in the south of France - I spent every day on the beach!!! (I probably shouldn't have told you that though should I)! And if you plan on travelling round France when you retire you know where I am!Delete
Life really has been topsy turvy when normality has now become glimpsing ourselves in mirrors and revelling in classes I would often choose to miss. I’m with you all the way on looking forward to the end of mask wearing. Why covering my mouth with something attached to my ears makes me go brain dead, I’m yet to work out.ReplyDelete
Ha, wearing a mask apparently makes me go partially deaf! I'm not at all deaf but I think mask-wearing has brought home to me how much we (I?) rely on facial expressions or maybe even lip-read!Delete
Wow! So much 'real life' in such a short time. Although I'm a bit like Ms Moon - not really a joiner. The only 'club' I belong to is my writing group, and we've provisionally arranged for an in-person meeting for September, the first in 18 months or so. I can't wait! Glad to hear your numbers are doing so well there - finally! That's excellent news. We've had our opening pushed back a month so mask wearing & social distancing will continue for (public) indoor spaces until mid-July. I've got Thursday Murder Club on my Kindle TBR pile, so will get to it eventually. Like all the others! Yeesh. Kids and cars, eh? Well, like you say, it's ultimately his decision what he wants to do with it, so let him get on with it. And, hooray for thrift shop finds! Fantastic deal for you and baby C! xxReplyDelete
Ha, I never really considered myself a "joiner" but I guess there were just so many things I wanted to do/try that I ended up joining maybe more things than I ultimately want to. We'll see how it goes I guess. I think you might enjoy The Thursday Murder Club - it's an easy ready anyway. And I've just today finished The Summer Seekers. It was good too but I do get a bit fed up of the "impossibly beautiful heroine" who just happens to meet the "ruggedly handsome hero" kinda stuff, so I guess you have to take it with a pinch of salt don't you!Delete