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Saturday musings.

Dear Printer, we need to talk.
I’d like it if I could leave you with jobs and you could just get on with them without constantly needing me to come and untangle the mess you’ve made with the perfect paper that I had placed as perfectly as possible in your dispenser.

Dear PDF docs….I’d like it if you just let me print you without having to download yet another Adobe reader.

Dear Adobe Reader,
I’d like it if you didn’t automatically assume I’d like McAfee to fuck over my existing security measures.

Dear Prefecture,
Those docs you want so I can apply for citizenship are gradually coming together. I am exhausted and want to know why you need to know so much about my family of origin and my job history since my paper round in 1966!


Reading Captive State by George Monbiot and reminded that Tesco wanted to build at Gt Torrington as we were leaving. So impressed to see that Torrington has held out against Tesco and recently Waitrose…..







They don’t get it!

“This kind of behaviour is what we call ‘normalisation of violence against women’ and it is really, really scary and damaging,” she wrote. “… Every time you ‘playfully’ tell a woman to get back in the kitchen, every time you smack a girl on the bum because it’s funny, every time you make a joke about rape, YOU are contributing to a society where unfortunately women are not safe.”

“The cop I spoke to didn’t even have Facebook – explaining to her the post, the reposting, the screenshotting, the comments, was harder than it needed to be,” she told Guardian Australia in January. “It’s ridiculous. It’s 2016. Literally everyone uses the internet.”

The case progressed only after it received media attention, she said – echoing a common complaint about social media abuse, that only high-profile users get a response to their reports.”

“Brierley Newton told Guardian Australia the officer who called to tell her said Alchin was apologetic and had no prior convictions in what she took to be an attempt to convince her to abandon the charge.”




Oh what a beautiful morning.

Chateau de Touffou Vienne 001

Chateau de Touffou Vienne 002

By far the best time of year for clearer photos of châteaux which are normally hidden by leafy trees.


Chateau de Touffou at Bonnes, Vienne.

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Chateau Touffou beside the Vienne at Bonnes.

Sunshine, blue sky, castle and old man’s beard.

I love Old man’s beard when the sky is blue and the sun is shining. Thought I’d share it with you to bring sunshine to your day.

Sunny Jan walk 001

Sunny Jan walk 002

Sunny Jan walk 003

Sunny Jan walk 008

Sunny Jan walk 009

A year to the day.

A virtual year in Poitou-Charentes

Jo-harrisonIT is a year to the day that Jo Harrison left the UK to live in France, moving closer to her mother and her French boyfriend.

From her home in Poitou-Charentes, Jo has been able to use websites such as Twitter and Facebook to help her fledging business take wing.

Our adventure, not yours.

As mentioned some months ago, we’re off to Paris for Christmas. A big treat for us, and not cheap. We’re really looking forward to it, and consider that it will be quite an adventure. We’re staying in Pigalle and it was only after booking the rather luxurious accommodation I realised it’s Paris’s main red light district. Luckily, we think this is quite funny and hope it just adds to the adventure. We have our maps and guides and are planning our 4 days. They need some planning as many of the usual attractions will be closed on Christmas Day. We’ve book a restaurant for Christmas Diner, and purchased our train tickets.

This is a little confusing, and I know that we are both having similar reactions to what has happened. My knowledge informs me that if I am feeling something, there is normally a reason to have the feeling and so no need to dismiss them. I also suspect that the person causing the discomfort has no conscious idea that they have caused us to have feelings.

A couple of weeks back, a friend announce they were being taken to Paris for a few days. Okay, I know loads of people go to Paris, and we can’t keep it for ourselves, but this just felt a bit odd. I know I felt like they were going to have their adventure before we got there and that somehow it was deliberate. So, they went, and came back with an email full of all they’d done, and sadly a poor judgement of the arrondissement we’re staying in.

Also paid a visit to Pigalle – the Metro stop was one we could use which was just a stop away from where we stayed. Umm!! I guess it’s a bit like Blackpool – doesn’t pretend to be anything except what it is. Lots of sex shops, sex shows and of, course, the Moulin Rouge

I think is the above comment that has left us both feeling disappointed and let down. It feels as if we’re now not going to discover how good or bad it is on our own terms as part of our adventure. Being told it’s a bit like Blackpool devalue’s it somehow. I know it must sound terribly picky, and of course there are loads of revues for Pigalle et al online and in books, but somehow this feels more personal.

It is expensive, but it is a city after all, and you can do things for free if you look around. Anyway, tell you more when we see you as we’ve got a few tips to save you time and money.

This also sounds like someone feels we need to be told how to spend our time there. It feels like an assumption we need help to have our adventure and that we need tips and advice. It feels wrong, and has pissed us off. Yes I know that there are many who will read this and think we’re making something out of nothing. It just feels like the shine has been taken off our personal adventure and we’re now working out how we can avoid being given unwanted tips and advice without causing bad feeling.

As you can imagine, the gate is well and truly closed and we really don’t want to open it for a few days.