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Here is a house in France. The sort of house that I'd like to live in. Or at least I think I would. There's probably an Owl sitting on the roof. (Or maybe in the roof if the roof has a hole in it. Most French houses of any age have holes in the roof so it's a fair bet.

I am prompted to tell you this as Brittany Ferries have got an offer on. Two people can sail to France (including on the long and luxurious St Malo route) for £118 until the end of March, though they can stay only 4 days once they are there. But it's a long slog with one driver. Or it is now. In the old days it didn't seem too difficult. There's a wonderful sea food restaurant in St Malo, right on the front. An old building - the only one to have survived bombing and barrage from the war. On the sea front at least.

I should be watching a programme on Big Cats - well actually, no, I should be sitting in front of an open fire with a glass of wine and reading Chekhov. I still have a book of his short novels and stories which I began reading when I was still at school and haven't finished yet. It still sits on my bookcase. A lifetime of laziness! Yet whenever I do pick it up (Bantam books 7/6d) I marvel at how well written and fascinating it is. But this is Wales and the programme on Big (and small) Cats has been replaced by one on coal, which isn't so interesting. Then there's the third programme of Lady Jane Grey at nine o'clock, which would have been much more interesting had they condensed the three hours it runs for into two or even into one. The programme really says very little. Sleep well all. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 11th Jan 2018 - 08:31PM   Posted by Fennie   French Owl Comments: 4

Camilla's Avatar Good Evening Fennie and thank you most kindly for posting for the Owls, now I do love the look of that French Chateau wish I was there too one can dream .

Sounds a good bargain £118 for 4 days from now until end of March Fennie, once you are on the Ferry you will be fine I suppose it is just the long drive you are talking about to get to the Ferry. Maybe ask one of your good friends to go along with you and share the driving or a couple you know who also would like to go to the same place too sort of car share if you like.

Well I never... I think I have exactly the same book of short stories re Chekov Fennie on my book shelf upstairs in the office I have had it for years and I still have not finished reading it, it is in hard back the copy.

Not watched much telly tonight I began watching Agatha Christie but soon realised that I had seen it several times before so another repeat as always.

Sleep well Fennie.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 11th Jan 2018 at 10:38PM

Fennie's Avatar Sadly not a Chateau, Camilla. Not even a Manoir. Just an ordinary largish house. A 'Maison de maitre' as they might call it.

Not so much the drive to the ferry but all the driving on the other side, unless one stays in one place in which case there's hardly a reason to take a car. Being on the 'wrong' side of the road also adds to the strain. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 12th Jan 2018 at 10:11AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Like most programmes these days, even on BBC4, they seem to assume we have the attention span of a gnat so repeat themselves endlessly throughout the programme and spent the first ten minutes reminding you of what happened in the last one.
You're correct Fennie, the hour long programmes could easily be condensed into 30 minutes each of completely new information and shown in one 90 minute programme.
The more condensed story telling would have added to the impression of the speed at which her short reign passed.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 12th Jan 2018 at 10:18AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Never been to France, a few degrees warmer on the south coast would be nice today, we have a deep hoar frost here.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 12th Jan 2018 at 10:19AM

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