Monday, July 15, 2013

I knew that I would come in useful one day

Dom phoned me yesterday afternoon. She has a conference in Valencia this week and was packing just before leaving. She telephoned so that I could ask her all of those mummy questions just before setting off on a trip: Have you got your telephone cord?, computer cord?, passport?, ID and so on. She didn’t seem to have forgotten anything. She even had her bikini for her day off. She will be addressing her fellow scientists on Wednesday afternoon. In two weeks she will be repeating the packing to go off to a conference in Berlin (without bikini, I suppose). She did find time to tell me that they have at last arranged their honeymoon. They will be renting a cottage miles from anywhere somewhere in Scotland. They are hoping for cooler weather at least.

 J-M is now an official teacher! Hopefully he will be given a placement not too far from home. Unfortunately, young teachers in France have to go where they are sent.

Olivier is now holding down two part time jobs. He seems to have settled into the local KFC and the weather is hot so that I can wash and dry his smelly uniform without having to rush. He’s been bringing home bits and pieces for us to try, though the desserts have been banned (they are soooo good). Yes, I like the chicken, but the spicy wings are too hot for me. Love the pepper dip sauce!

 He helped a man who had just finished having an epileptic fit. The man’s wife was fetching help, so Olivier found him a bottle of water and stayed with him to make sure that he was okay.

It is so hot here at the moment. After all the months of cold and rain we seem to have swung to the other extreme. What’s the weather like with you?

5 comments:

Lucy Melford said...

Ah, where in Scotland? But of course that's a secret...

Lucy

Caroline said...

We finally have a spell of warm dry weather suitable for painting. It has taken several years of waiting for summer weather like this and some window frames have rotted during the wait!

The weather here is now how we had hoped it would be in France eight weeks ago!

Dru Marland said...

Berlin's got lakes big enough to land flying boats on (Berlin airlift...) so that bikini might be handy there too....

Never known it so hot or for so long, here in Bristol. Living up in the top floor with the ceiling sloping in sympathy with the roof a few inches away, it gets VERY HOT INDEED!

Coline said...

Dru, our house is still cold but venturing into the attic to seek out the source of a leak I nearly got cooked. Just as well it can dry out the rotten windows, there goes our savings...

Anji Knutsen said...

Lucy: they did tell me but I couldn't say it, let alone spell it.

Caroline: the other day Malvern and Loughborough were both hotter than La Rochelle. We're getting heat wave warnings now.

Dru: I expect Dom knows about the lake. I was never any good at geography. We have the same roof problem here, though downstairs stays reasonably cool. The poor little fridge I keep in the loft is working overtime when it's turned on.