what’s happened since..

Tough week of work – loads going on and very busy, but communicating with MWLIF every day and skyping at night.  keeps the smile on my face.

It’s been commented on at work as well, the smile on my face.  I feel like it hasn’t been there for ages, and my colleagues are enjoying seeing me so happy (I know because they’ve told me so!).

So Thursday comes round and I get home from work Thursday night feeling a bit dodgy.  Headache, general aches, grumpiness.  Friday dawns and I almost throw up in the kitchen sink whilst getting my juice.  Spend the day popping paracetamol every 4 hrs, trying to control the pain in my head and throat, hardly eating.

Saturday was spent in bed – snoozing, resting, watching (dodgy) films on my pooter and falling asleep with my pc open, to be woken at 10-ish by a lovely skype from MWLIF.  Fell back asleep with a smile.

Woke today feeling a bit better – only popped two pills today..  Was iffy about archery, but went – and glad I did!  3 golds at 50yds!!  WhooHoo!!  Didn’t do so well at 60yds, but the first time I’ve ever got a gold at 50, so was feeling ok..

Got home, cleaned in time for the house inspection tomorrow, got a call from mum and finally updated my blog – LOL! :)  there you go, mum :D xx

So – coming up, trip to The Philippines for work followed by a trip to Normandy :D, then possibly another at the end of July – we’ll see.

busy times!  Happy times xx

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Sorry for the delay, Mum – I’m alive, honest!!

I had a good reason – i’ve been poorly…

Anyway – what a truly fantastic weekend!  And a hell of a first date to top! :D

Friday night involved a slight amount of franticness – rushing home from work to get on the road asap.  The drive to the Chunnel went well, pretty smooth, but had to wait 40mins for my crossing.. If I’d got there 15mins earlier they would have put me on the earlier train..  oh well.

Quite the experience!  The train engine looks normal, but attached to it instead of carriages are dual level boxcars.  You drive the car straight in and park, and sit in the car for the 35-40min crossing, then drive off the boxcar on the other side.  Very smooth system, of which I approve!


I was on the lower level for both trips.

Driving off on the far side, into the darkness, with the bright lights of the satnav to guide me the 4hrs to Basse-Normandie (Lower Normandy).  It was long, and strangely llike a video game after a while..  “just stay in the white lines”..  Hardly any traffic, and French motorways are brilliant.  No potholes, no dramas except for tollbooths which, since the French have left-hand drive cars, meant I had to jump out of the car and run around the back to pay the tolls!  Tried just to lean over for the first one, did not work at all, so ended up jumping out & running for the rest of them.  About 20-quid’s worth of tolls all up.  but for the state of the roads, entirely worth it.  And they did serve to keep me awake!

Arrived safely at MWLIF’s at about 3am – and drove up the hill to see him in sillhouette, leaning out his second storey window waiting for me.  :D  He had some wine chilling, and we chatted for a couple of hours before I passed out around 5.

Damn body clock woke me round 8 – though I didn’t feel tired or anything – andrenaline is a wonderful thing! :D  Wide awake.  B’fast of bacon butties on french bread (I brought the bacon with me – the French don’t do bacon.  Bizzare, but they don’t do bacon.  Can’t buy it in the supermarket.)  Headed out to Mont Saint Michel.

It was a little further than MWLIF had anticipated, about 2 hrs all up, but we talked & laughed the whole way.  Cruising round a corner, we saw this and had to stop for photos…


Another 15mins and we were there.  What a truly stunning place.  Seriously looks like something created by the Weta Workshop for Lord of the Rings.

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Walked in & around the bottom level, then stopped for the best Moules in Normandy, from (I was told later) their own moule beds!

A half of lovely crisp rose, wonderful food, amazing company and an hour later, bill paid, we headed off up the stairs to finish the explorations..  (MWLIF’s photos)

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including cat-sized seagull, who loved having his photo taken!!


A couple of hours wandering around, the obligatory magnet purchase, and we were done.  Headed out, hit the supermarket for dinner-fixings, and back home for the evening – which involved talking, laughing and movie watching.

Sunday morning dawned, fantastic weather once again, and after another bacon butty we headed out for the 30min drive to Falaise, home of the Castle of William the Conqueror.

Stopped for a coffee in the local cafe, very quiet village on a Sunday morning – it seemed like the town was asleep (except for those in the cafe with us) but quite a pretty place..

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Stunning gothic church, which we later learnt was almost fully destroyed during WW2 and rebuilt from pretty much scratch.  The Chateau du Willem was equally impressive…

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and the view from the top stunning…

They even give you an iPad to go around with, shine it on the walls and see what the place was like in it’s 3D/360view glory.

Back to the house for a late lunch before I got back on the road – the fantastic weekend over and a 6hr drive home.

Left with a little sadness, a lot of happiness and good feelings, and a great wish to return.  Drive home was no problem – arrived home round 10:30pm.

Since then?  Skyped almost every night and planned next visit :D

May everyone feel this happy xx

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Where she gets her happy back..

Made a decision thru the week. It’s been almost a year since I left the bad relationship, a year I’ve been on my own again. And the same problem arose that led to the bad relationship – how the hell do I meet people when I dont go out much??

Archery helped get me out & mingling – and they’re all lovely people but there’s no-one there I’d date.

So, I went onto a dating site. 

I was on there only a couple of days, but starting to despair because the guys contacting me were not my cup of tea at all..  Then I had a message from Man Who Lives In France (MWLIF)…

Hello I’m (MWLIF)  never mind the circus, you want to run off to France good food, and amazing wine hehe

Ok – he refered to my profile, where I wonder if it’s too late run off to join the circus.  He mentioned France, which I love.. I looked at his profile and immediately thought that it just might be interesting – the photo was of him being silly with a comedy moustache.  So very different to all the serious poseur types or the bodybuilders or (seriously) pigfarmers. (Yes, its true. For some reason my profile seems to appeal to lots of American guys – including a pigfarmer, who’s photo was of him holding a pig.  I tried to filter these out – no joy. And it’s cruel, I know as I’ve had it done back to me, but I just dont answer the messages.)

Anyway, MWLIF appeared to be pretty cute behind the comedy moustache, and it was very nice to have actual words in a message and not just the usual “hi sexy” or “hello beautiful” – so I msgd him back, mentioning how I lived in France, how much I liked it etc..  the conversation and chemistry  kicked off straight away. We skyped on day 2 and each day since.

Yesterday I booked tickets for the channel tunnel.

And yes, I know everything you’re going to say. I’ve said it myself.  I’m still saying it to myself. Probably thinking it now.

But, despite (and possibly because of at least some of) the misgivings, I’m off to Normandy next weekend.

And it’s crazy and wonderful and romantic and brilliant and absolutely fucking nuts.. and makes me feel alive – like a proper normal person instead of the Shadow I have been..

But it’s seriously been years since I’ve felt happy like this.  And dammit, I’m giving it a chance.

Wish me luck..


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Crecy Clout @ Lamorbey Park Archers

A fun old day!  Didnt win, but quite happy with my result in my second ever Clout!


The compound – way way WAY back there!


The compound containing those cursed French kniggits! ;D complete with styrofoam knight on horseback.


Gents longbow from 180yds.  I was shooting 140yds.


I got a 9, a trio of 5’s and a 3 for a total score of 37.  Not first, not last!


Pulling arrows in the compound.

Helen from my club ( the longbow legend!) won Ladies Longbow with a score of 147. I scored a bottle of fizzy wine in the raffle :D

A long, but fun day.  Met some lovely people, saw some very sexy looking bows, got a good feed and a bottle of plonk to bring home. Bring on the next one!  :D

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Today’s adventure..

Quite excited!


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Everyday anger.. First World problem #23

I commute. Not as far as I used to.  But I, like a couple of billion other around the world every day, commute.

Going to work is not a drama.  Well, not much of a drama.  Ok, so I always have to stand like a sardine on an overcrowded train, but there’s usually space enough to read my book – so it’s bareable.

Going home, however…

Why is it that going home is so much worse than coming in?  Everyday, sardineville. Fighting to get on and off the train. Selfish people who won’t consider moving down and letting others on.  Etc etc.

And worst of all, to me at least, are those blazè commuters who saunter slowly down the crowded platform, on their phone or just not caring that  they’re causing others to miss their trains.

See, if I dont get at least halfway down the 10 carriage platform I cant even get ON the train, let alone get a seat.  I never get a seat, I accepted that long ago.  And I dont mind standing, as long as I can read my book.  But if I dont get halfway down the platform, the train is so damn full I cant even get on.  If I cant get on I have to wait 20mins for the next one – which is also ridiculously full and squishy.

But every single day, I have to fight and elbow my way past saunterers who just dont care about the queue of 20 or so people behind them. 

I hate not being able to walk at my normal ‘alone’ pace.  Hate it.  Every single work day I’m frustrated by these people – as are no doubt millions of others.

My station platform is my daily frustration zone. Unavoidable, the same level of frustration every day, I know it’s going to be bad and it still frustrates me.

And to all of you who walk slow down station platforms – there is a special circle of hell reserved for you. 

Thanks. Sometimes you’ve just got to vent :). Rant ends.


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First sunburn of the season.. ow!

Big weekend!

Archery club AGM on Friday night, 4hrs. 
Sat night headed up to Cambridge for dinner with Scarah, The Lovely Maxine and Ms Brown, who I haven’t seen for ages.  Nice dinner, good company, and 3hrs total driving – listening and singing along to The Hummingbirds, Ratcat and The Huxton Creepers. Getting back in touch with my Aussie 90’s music roots! :D  Was a good drive, actually.  Havent had a long haul like that for a while, quite enjoyed it.

Sunday is Archery day.  Sun was shining and I was in a T-Shirt.  Sunburn on bow arm, chest and chin (thank god I was wearing a hat!) Gave out a couple of award badges, had a bad run on 40yds but good company and a good day.  Judicious application of aloe vera this evening.

Came home from archery & spent a couple of hours trying to figure out the scoring software for the archery records.  Had to recategorise 120 people and about 400 score records, since it seemed the categories didnt load with the file transfer! Still got more work to do on it, but put it down when there was an incident outside…

When I came home, my neighbour (lovely 73yo lady) was in the garden doing some repotting.  I was sitting at my pc, trying to work out what was wrong with the archery file when I heard her yelling for help.  I looked out the window from my 3rd floor into the gardens & saw her on her back, almost crying, yelling. Rushed downstairs, madly trying to remember my first aid (I am qualified and insured!). 

She’d tripped and fallen on her right hip and had enormous pain.  She asked to sit up, so me and the lady from flat 2 got her sitting up then, when she asked to stand, got her to her feet.  She couldnt put any weight on her right leg, she still had feeling in her leg and foot, but an enormous pain in her hip.  We sat her in a chair, called the ambo’s, wrapped a blanket round her and got her a drink of water.

She seemed to be ok – she was shaking a bit and a little wobbly, so we just kept talking to her and stayed with her.  She called her son, who soon arrived with his wife to wait with her for the ambo.  She was cold, so we picked up the chair she was sitting in and, not moving her body position at all, carried her chair and all inside her flat.  She seemed happier there and was far more comfortable in the light and warmth than out in the garden.

Since she had family with her, I went back upstairs to my flat, then when the ambo’s turned up I directed them to her flat & went to give a report of what we’d done for her.  They took her off in the ambulance about 90mins ago. 

I hope she’s ok but, given she couldnt put any weight at all on her right leg, I think she’s managed to break her hip.

I think I need another day to get over the weekend!


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