November 30, 2005

Knit One, PearlPurl One, Print one

I’m making pretty things for christmas.
Busy busy busy.
Fuschia, Black, White, Lime Green

I’m almost feeling christmassy…

filles at 8:37 pm

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November 29, 2005

stubby fingers

I assume you know, but maybe not, I play netball semi-frequently with a team from Michelle’s work. Every second Tuesday we wander into the Bellahouston Sports Facility on the south-side and run about for an hour with a ball. It’s great fun, and we’re getting reasonably good as a team. Last game was supposed to be a challenge with some guys from her work who bet us they could beat us at netball, and then again at football. We took on the challenge, and thankfully for us, they had to forfeit due to injuries at the last minute. Girls 1. Boys 0.

Instead a few guys came along and we played in mixed teams. It was a laugh. The game was a lot faster, and the balls were a lot higher and faster, and some of the defence work was a little extreme – but it was a lot of fun. We’re repeating the episode again tonight.

I supplement this training with a game at the local school every Friday night where we have a coach, get some training and a game at the end of our 90 minutes. Because it’s a Friday night the players are not consistent every week, in fact it’s been 4-5 weeks since the last time I went myself. But Sunday afternoon I received a call from the organiser who was calling around trying to find bodies to play a friendly against another team Monday night. I agreed to go along with Madeline, and that’s how we found ourselves deep in the East End of Glasgow at 7pm last night – a motley bunch of women, who didn’t even know each others names, set to play against a League team who have been playing together for about 10 years! It was a bit like being led to a slaughter.

We huddled together, introduced ourselves and then meekly followed the other team in their warm-up ritual. They started running laps, we joined in, slowly falling about in exhaustion well before the 5 minute minimum. We then stretched and got organised sorting out our positions, not by what position we play best, but what position we play the least bad. You’d be surprised but there is a difference.

Anyway. Once Eastbank realised our level, it was fun. Their coach played their substitutes to give them a game noting quite early on that we were not close to the level of her A team. But we gave them a run. A bit of practice and a bit of fun. We looked like a bunch of old wives at the end of each quarter. Lying flat on the ground, breathing heavily while the other team jumped about and practiced their goals. It was a laugh. The girls were all nice, and thankfully for us they had their Christmas party on the night before and so were all still fairly hung-over – I would have hated to have had to play with them when they were at the peak of fitness!

Anyway. I’m home now. I can walk this morning which is more than I had hoped for last night when I dragged myself up the stairs at 9.15pm. The only real damage I seemed to do was in my fingers. I have 5 stubs of wood attached to my hands. Swollen and incredibly sore – that would be from them getting in the way of very fast, very hard balls directed not at me but at my counterpart (whose fingers are probably used to high speed balls being pelted at them after 10 years…). Mine are not.

So, today is going to be a quiet day. I can’t manage much without fingers (this typing is extremely painful, and not a little bit slow) not even a cup of coffee. I’ll just sit back and hope that I can separate them before my next game of netball starts at 5pm this afternoon…. we’ve got to beat those boys once and for all!

filles at 10:01 am

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November 28, 2005

the fresh outdoors

We went on our last hillwalk for the year, walking from Aberfoyle to Callendar – an 8 mile stroll in the blustery but relatively dry conditions on Saturday. It was actually a very pleasant walk. Flat, stomping through mud, across moors, by lochs, through forests all with magnificent scenery surrounding us. Madeline and I took the 8 mile option, Michelle and Dave opted for 14 miles of the same. Very pleasant.

The day ended with a few final rounds in the Bridgend Pub, a couple of strange bets and 1 good and 1 not so good game of rugby on the telly…

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November 25, 2005

Water vs Boiler

I’m not sure what we’ve done to deserve this. But, we have no water.

(Boiler works fine though)

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November 22, 2005


We had a great trip to Rome. With only one plan in mind, to visit the market in Campo di Fiori Saturday morning, we had a nice relaxing, local weekend – without the swarms of tourists surrounding us. We wandered about visiting traditional working class neighbourhoods, ate well, drank well, shopped well. We’re already planning our next visit. Some photos here.

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Piazza Navonna

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November 17, 2005

It’s not over yet..

Thanks for all your positive thoughts, but don’t stop yet. We need a good expat package and enough money to rent a half decent apartment in Paris. Wish list is: 2 bedrooms, high ceilings, kitchen fittings, wood floors preferably in the 18ème.

Keep sending us those positive vibes….

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The girl in question

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November 16, 2005


You might wonder why I seem to be fixated on the weather right now…

We still have no heat or hot water. Nada. Nothing. The technician arrived this afternoon, poked about, told me he needed to order a part and left saying he should see me Friday providing the part gets in alright. Friday.

That’s just not good enough. I’ve called the estate agents to ask them to put a bit of pressure on the company, aptly(?) named ‘Quick Fix’. They’re kind enough to root around and try and come up with some heaters for us in the meantime, but again, it’s just not good enough.

It’s times like this when I realise how much of a control freak I am, and used to be, I can’t just get on the phone, ball someone out and make it happen when I want. Frustrating. Very frustrating.

And very, very cold.

filles at 1:44 pm

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The weathermen have come to their senses. Forecast is back to sunny and cold. No snow. Life will potter on as usual. I wonder if they did it just for a joke?

Not terribly funny.

filles at 10:26 am

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November 15, 2005


I just did a meteo check for Rome on the weekend, and was surprised to see it was going to only be 11 or 12 degrees. So then I checked Glasgow, just to make sure, and you know what? It’s forecasted to snow here Thursday and over the weekend! Unheard of! What happened to the city that never got really hot, but never got really cold? We’re putting up with the lousy summers because the trade-off is the winters are’nt too bad, but when someone starts messing with that arrangement and adds snow to the forecast in November, I have to say, Paris is looking more and more promising….

filles at 3:52 pm

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Rome: Casa di Guisy

Rome is sorted. Booked into A casa di Guisy in Trastavere for the weekend. I can’t wait to go back to Rome. It’s only short and sweet, but just hanging about visiting the market in the Campo de Fiori, wandering the streets, good coffee and crostini, and all those beautiful people to look at. Can’t wait.

Here, we’ve no heat or hot water. The boiler is on the blink. A repair man should be coming sometime before 1pm tomorrow! I think I might hang out in the pub tonight by a fireplace to keep warm, and there is always the showers at the gym to get cleaned up. It’s a big day for netball this afternoon with a playoff with a team of guys from Thales. Competition is supposed to be a game of netball followed by a game of football – I’m betting the girls won’t come up trumps in football, possibly not even in the netball, although I’ve heard a few people mentioning that perhaps being strict on ‘footwork’ will make all the difference! If nothing else, it should be a nice little bit of exercise and a great laugh!

Michelle is in Lyon today and heading to Paris tomorrow for her big presentation on Thursday… keep thinking those positive thoughts and we may just get a nice sized apartment in Paris where you can come visit!

filles at 3:34 pm

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November 14, 2005

Weekend summary

Taggart. Jonathan Ross. Farmers Markets. Mad & Dave. Cafe Tribeca. Expresso. Walk. Walkabout. Rugby. Grassroots. Della & Lesley. Parkinson. Madonna. Gym. Observatory. Brunch. Julie. Potter about. Newspapers. Thai. Top Gear. Swahili for the Brokenhearted….

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November 11, 2005

Rome vs Home

We’ve decided to go back to Rome next weekend. Looking to rent an apartment in the hip and gorgeous Trastavere part of the city. My mouth is watering already, I’m never going to get thin! Too many temptations. Since we seem to be spending a lot of time in Italy, and since we’ve decided we want to buy a house in Italy, it’s about time I started looking for somewhere to start taking Italian lessons. It should be fun. A good shouting kind of language… can’t be too hard, can it?

Chance to go to Rome next weekend for £25 return… so?

n.b. here’s some support for you… Michelle told me tonight “you’re never going to be thin, but you could be thinner!”, I think she meant well…

filles at 1:30 pm

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November 10, 2005

Let’s make it happen!

We’re getting closer to knowing what and where we’ll be posted next May. Michelle is busy preparing her presentation for next week in Paris. The ideal is that she makes her very professional, well thought out and relevant presentation for the job she wants to create, her audience is absolutely rapt and each and every one of them think it’s a fabulous idea. A week after the presentation, she receives numerous offers of employment in Paris, Bordeaux and Toulouse, all with generous expat packages to ensure that we can continue to live in the style we’re used to. After much discussion with friends and family (you see! you can have a say…) we make our decision.

This is what I’m walking about thinking of. I’m trying to visualise the happy, classy, international, jet-set lifestyle we’ll have in Paris. Trying to make it happen in my head so that it materializes and becomes reality.

If you want to give me a hand, start thinking Paris, big apartment, smelly cheeses, beautiful fashion….

filles at 8:14 pm

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