Left-Over Posts? Snippets Not Quite Meaty Enough On Their Own To Make A Satisfying Post?
This Is The Place To Come To Use Them Up.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Lights out !

I know it's all suppose to be a bit of fun.....trick or treat.....masks.....pumkins.....and loads of scary stuff.....but this grumpy old woman will be putting the lights out and pretending I'm not home .....lights out !
See you in November !

Thursday, 28 October 2010

The Greatest Ape

My brother's been on holiday to Rwanda. Also, he used to be obsessed with WWII, so I wrote this for him...

The Greatest Ape

The greatest ape you’ve ever seen
appeared in a movie with Steve McQueen.
Chilled bananas were his favourite thing
- that’s why they called him the Cooler King 
And poor blind Donald, the hairless mole
helped the greatest ape get out of a hole.
You wouldn’t think he’d have a chance
waging gorilla war in occupied France.
but he's a crowd-pleaser, who'd fail to like
the greatest ape on a motorbike?
And unlike his mates, who struggled learning,
the greatest ape remembered ... to speak in German!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Tom And Jerry . . Eat Your Hearts Out!

 . . . and I thought nothing could get tastier than FRIDGE SOUP!!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Just Wondering

Definitely a Fridge Soup  not-enough-for-a-full-blog post here.

I've just hung up the phone after speaking with my 83 and 84 year old parents.  Dad recently bought a new hearing aid because he and Mum are taking (are you ready?..........)

Gaelic lessons.

Will they be speaking Gaelic with one another?  Looking for other Gaelic speakers in their neighbourhood? Lobbying to extend official Bilingualism to official Trilingualism?

I guess it's never too late to take on a new challenge.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

You know those "the world is divided into two sorts of people" statements?

Here is another one: those who love the adverts for "compare the meerkat.com" and those who don't?  If this is true, you should find yourself in one camp or the other.  Is it?

Saturday, 16 October 2010

A Positive Attitude Is Vital At All Times

Saintliness helps , too .
This old Dutch photo postcard is for anyone who has ever tried to teach anyone anything , but particularly for Deborah .

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

One in a Million

If someone told you that you were 'one in a million '  it is fairly safe to assume it is a compliment. This is not necessarily so for everyone.
If you live in China then one in a million equates to 1,300 people like you!

Imagine the blogs!

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Owl or lark

Why do I find it so difficult to go to bed? and to get up?  Which way round is your day?

Vignettes of French Life (No. 9 in a series)

Sunday October 10, 2010
11:15 AM
Not far from Cannes

Tell me something, please. Is the burning of garden refuse allowed where you live? Maybe I'm a bit picky, but I'm inclined to think that there's no good reason for this sort of behaviour. At least twenty years ago, Calgary (and most other Canadian cities) banned open fires, except when food is involved. Air quality was the issue, I do believe.
Therefore, while I can still blacken my steak, I can't pour gasoline on green branches or a pile of wet leaves and put a match to it all.

La France entière, on the other hand, can't wait until the summer fire ban is lifted on October 1 to indulge the national passion for garden fires, the smokier the better. What's unusual about this particular one is that there's actually somebody keeping an eye on it.
Posted by Picasa

Friday, 8 October 2010

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

I'm not sure

At the checkout counter of the supermarket the guy standing in line behind me says to me: "I can see you don't live alone". He obviously refers to the truckload of items in my trolley.

"No I don't", I smile back.

"Pity", he says. "We could have had a great time together."

I look at him.

He's about 30 years older than I am.

I'm 45.

I'm not sure whether to take it as a compliment.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Vignettes of French Life – No 8 in a series

Seillans wine cooler


Seillans, Canton de Fayence, Var

11:30 AM Sunday

Monday, 4 October 2010

Animal Day

It's the 4th of October and , here in Holland , whether you have a poodle or a python , you're supposed to be extra nice to your pet today .

The preschoolers bring a stuffed animal with them to show , we read books about tigers and guinea pigs , moles and mice and we encourage them to be extra loving to any real animals at home . To give a little extra foodie treat and a cuddle to the family cat or hamster .

And they make a little decoration to take home .This year it was this

Perhaps it might have been a good idea to leave out the extra cuddle bit . I'm now haunted by the vision of manhandled goldfish gasping for air .....

Friday, 1 October 2010


. . . on the Ken Bruce spot, BBC (U.K) Radio 2.
"Did you hear that Whoopee Goldberg married Peter Cushing?  Now she's a Whoopee Cushin - "
(I'll get me coat.)