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Bad times and Barcelona

Well, the last couple of weeks have been sheer hell. Mainly thanks to Size Zero Mother..... Also not helped by hearing that a dear friend has finally lost her battle with the horrible Big C. And other friends have had their entire organic goose herd (for Duchy Organics) stolen (for the third time) - and say they won't farm geese again. AND, I have just come back home to find Dulverton very sombre as another friend (though not a close one) has been killed. Her husband somehow (details not clear yet) ran over her in the tractor. Just impossible to take in really.
So not a good fortnight, to put it mildly. However, the only bright light is that we ARE going to Barcelona - very early tomorrow. So I will be out of touch for a few days.

Posted at 14th Dec 2007 - 02:37PM   Posted by Exmoorjane   Bad times and Barcelona Comments: 23

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Pipany's Avatar Oh Jane what a truly dreadful time for you. so sorry to hear about your friend. The Dulverton one does seem too dreadful to contemplate too. You poor thing; enjoy your time away and try to recoup a little xx

Posted by: Pipany on 14th Dec 2007 at 02:51PM

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Milla's Avatar Poor you - and poor them Sounds terrible. Enjoy your holiday as best you can, put England out of your mind and just relax and breathe deeply and be the 3 of you. xx

Posted by: Milla on 14th Dec 2007 at 03:02PM

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Crystal Jigsaw's Avatar Gosh, there really are very few words to say. How utterly dreadful. This time of year too. I am so very sorry.
Do enjoy Barcelona however, I know how hard it must be.

Take care and lots of good wishes to you.
Crystal xx

Posted by: Crystal Jigsaw on 14th Dec 2007 at 03:21PM

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SallysChateau's Avatar It always seems to be one thing after another doesn't it ? what terribly sad news. Enjoy your few days away, if its anything like here the sun is shining and clear bright blue skies.

Posted by: SallysChateau on 14th Dec 2007 at 03:34PM

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Preseli Mags's Avatar No. I don't really know what to say either. What a terrible time for everybody involved. But enjoy Barcelona. Make the most of every minute. xxPM

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 14th Dec 2007 at 03:35PM

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Mountainear's Avatar What an awful two weeks. It sounds as if Barcelona will be just the ticket. Hope the sun shines and lifts your spirits

Posted by: Mountainear on 14th Dec 2007 at 03:53PM

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Elizabethm's Avatar Sounds just appalling - don't know what to say. You need and deserve to have a good time. Hope the skies are blue and you can take a deep breath and regroup.

Posted by: Elizabethm on 14th Dec 2007 at 04:01PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar What a terrible two weeks. My thoughts are with you. Enjoy the break in Barcelona and try not to think about any of the awful things. Love, Rho/Withy

Posted by: Withy Brook on 14th Dec 2007 at 04:03PM

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Annakarenin's Avatar It never rains but it pours, unfortunately. Hopefully the trip to Barcelona will bring a change, have a great time anyway.

Posted by: Annakarenin on 14th Dec 2007 at 05:05PM

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Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Go to Barcelona, go to the magical fountain display at night, buy a large glass of red , sit in the dark and wail away all that grief. Its dark, the classical music is loud and its outdoors and free and no one will notice you sobbing but it will make you feel much better!

You really do sound as if you are having a rough time.

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 14th Dec 2007 at 05:20PM

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LittleBrownDog's Avatar Dear Jane - so sorry to hear you've been having such a terrible time lately. Hope Barcelona is the tonic you need.

(And just to say, I've popped some of the s. g. in the post to you - it is very well wrapped though - hope you can get into it through all the layers of duct tape! It is very reviving, though.)

LBD xx

Posted by: LittleBrownDog on 14th Dec 2007 at 05:25PM

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Ivy's Avatar Oh Jane I am so sorry. the story about the geese even made it to the German newspapers. Must be terrible for your friend. December was certainly not a good month for you so far. Hope you have a brilliant time in Spain and that you can blind out all the depressing stories at least for hours. And forget about size 0 mum for some days. Have you got no siblings to look after her for some time?

Posted by: Ivy on 14th Dec 2007 at 05:58PM

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Cait's Avatar I echo what has been said Jane and add my commiserations. Sounds like your trip to Barcelona has come just at the right time. I have never been there but feel it will lift you out of the bad times you are surrounded by at the moment.

Posted by: Cait on 14th Dec 2007 at 06:47PM

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Fennie's Avatar Oh poor you! How very sad. Still Barcelona is magic. There's a little restaurant off Las Ramblas - I've forgotten the name - doesn't open until 9pm where you can eat 'Gambas a l'aillo' tiny shrimps served in iron dishes of boiling oilive oil that has been flavoured with garlic and red peppers. Absolutely wonderful but not for the faint hearted. Enjoy yourself.

Posted by: Fennie on 14th Dec 2007 at 07:10PM

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Exmoorjane's Avatar Thanks, guys......yes, think it is coming at the right time. The whole town is in shock....one of our close friends is one of the firemen who had to deal with it - and he's pretty shaken (which says it all).
Wow, Ivy, so the geese thieves made it to the German news?! Poor souls - they had a farm near our old place but the landlord sold up under them and they moved to near Okehampton to start again. But even when they were on the moor, they had several thefts. So upsetting for them as they care so much about their birds. Funnily enough, now I think about it, they were featured in CL a few years back. I was always awestruck by them - at one point they had five children under seven (!) AND did B&B AND did the geese and ducks....they have worked so hard and just don't deserve another slab of bad luck.
LBD - sounds just the ticket! You are a star! Huge thanks.
Un Peu - made me cry just thinking about it.......great suggestion.
All of you, thank you so much - you're the best......catch up with you on our return. jxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 14th Dec 2007 at 07:13PM

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Countrymousie's Avatar Oh Jane how dreadful for you - hope the trip helps a bit - sending you lots of love and thoughts - mousie

Posted by: Countrymousie on 14th Dec 2007 at 07:31PM

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Milkmaid's Avatar Oh Jane how dreadful, I dread farm accidents happening, we live and work round such huge machines
S and I have attended 2 funerals recently and sadly I have a 3rd to go to next week, all before Christmas - awful
The goose thing is just dispicable

Posted by: Milkmaid on 14th Dec 2007 at 07:54PM

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Oh Jane I sincerely hope you have a beautiful time in the capital of Catalonia. I wish you and yours many many happy memories x

Posted by: Pili Pala on 14th Dec 2007 at 09:17PM

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Exmoorjane's Avatar So very sorry to hear that Milkmaid......my thoughts are with you....funerals are awful at any time but coming just before Christmas somehow makes it worse.
And yes, for everyone that works with big farm machinery, please be so so careful...... all it takes is one little slip.

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 14th Dec 2007 at 09:33PM

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Faith's Avatar Oh dear just caught up with this - how awful..... life is so bad sometimes Jane.

I hope you enjoy your break.

F X

Posted by: Faith on 14th Dec 2007 at 10:13PM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Oh Jane you are really going through the mill in one way or another. Thinking of you . . .love and hugs . . ww

Posted by: Westerwitch on 14th Dec 2007 at 11:59PM

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Camilla's Avatar Jane darling, so sorry to hear such sad news, I have just got here.

Do hope the trip to Barcelona helps you, enjoy the break.

Sending you my love hugs Jane.

Camilla.xxx

Posted by: Camilla on 15th Dec 2007 at 12:52AM

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Frances's Avatar A very late good evening to you dear Jane.

Have wonderful time in Barcelona, see the Gaudi art ... as much as you can. Treasure the positive, the happiness. (Doesn't mean at all that you aren't also treasuring other bits of life that may not be happy right now.)

Feel stupid stating the obvious to a lady much wise than I am, but really Jane, please do give yourself a get a way.

xo

Posted by: Frances on 15th Dec 2007 at 02:57AM

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