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What a difference a few days away from the pressures of work, and the constant fighting of the cats at home, makes! After a week in the English countryside with calove and her family, I feel just about ready for anything. Biggest new product introduction of this entire year? Bring it on! It poses no challenge for me, for I am Relaxo-Girl, fresh out of the green hills of Kent.

calove, I owe you a debt of thanks greater than I can ever repay. You and your family have made me feel so welcome that from now on you stand in real danger of me returning to your doorstep again and again...beginning from next month when I'll meet you for CoRo's appearance in Milton Keynes ;-). Of course, I hope you know that you're always welcome over here, too.

Ah! Where shall I stop singing calove's praises? This'll probably embarrass her, but mention must be made of her amazing organising and entertaining, not to mention bread-baking, salmon-cooking and curry-making skills, and of course the wonderfully imaginative writing skills for which she is already justly becoming a teeny-weensy bit famous. And now that I'm got rid off and she needn't play tireless hostess anymore, I'm sure she'll soon go back to posting more chapters to Moving On. I certainly hope so.

What did we do in this week that started off with a tiny hitch? Too many things to list, but I'll try anyway: we went picknicking and climbing at Bodiam Castle. We wandered through the gardens and castle, and watched the jousting at Hever (just down the road from where the family live). We spent a rainy day at Bluewater Shopping Centre and took the kids to see Garfield The Movie. We went on the London Eye - touristy but great fun (marvelous structure)! We had pub lunches. We sat and drank Pimm's in the garden. We flew kites. We had a penalty shoot-out. And on Thursday, we met hesadevil and bogwitch for lunch in Holborn -- and lunch lasted 3 hours then turned into an afternoon's stroll through Covent Garden and environs...which ended in me talking hesadevil into buying a new pair of jeans. calove needed no persuasion to buy herself a nice belt in the sales, but I was disappointed by the last of the sales in L K Bennet's, one of my favourite shops.

Still, earlier, whilst showing calove round my manor of Knightsbridge & South Kensington, I had managed to snag a wonderfully elegant pair of two-tone heels from Jones Bootmaker in Brompton Rd, so I'm not complaining. I didn't bring home a huge haul this time (Monsoon had nothing to tempt me either), and I forgot about getting myself some decent underwear from M&S, but there's always next time.

Stupidly, I'd neglected to bring the belt to my Whistles' skirt, that has a damaged sparkly bead on it, into the country with me. The shop assistant assured me that it could be exchanged if I brought it in, so this seems like a job for SuperCass again! ;-)

Anyway, better check on what's been happening all over LJ while I've been away...

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hils
Aug. 30th, 2004 05:07 am (UTC)
Glad you had a nice time in the motherland ;)

Not long until CoRo now. I need to get over the nerves of meeting new people in a new place. LOL
gamiila
Aug. 30th, 2004 05:22 am (UTC)
Hey hils! Cass and I will be sorting out somewhere to stay soon (we don't fancy driving back to Kent late at night), so you should hear from us on that score very soon.

Some unknown company (i.e. the name doesn't sound familiar to me) has taken money out of my account to the exact amount that 3 CoRo party tickets come to, which leads me to believe that yes, we are really on for Oct 2nd! All I need to do now, is sort out a flight -- I could have done so earlier but I thought I'd wait until my spies reported back to me whether there would be any more CoRo appearances in the UK that month...I'd better go check my inbox!
hils
Aug. 30th, 2004 05:35 am (UTC)
You have spies! How cool! LOL
gamiila
Aug. 30th, 2004 05:44 am (UTC)
Well..spies in the sense of people who were at Oakland this weekend and have promised to pose my questions to the band...no word yet, though. :(
hils
Aug. 30th, 2004 05:45 am (UTC)
Aww! Well, we've still got the 2nd to look forward to.
gamiila
Aug. 30th, 2004 05:49 am (UTC)
calove and I want to try and get them to come to play in her barn conversion...
hils
Aug. 30th, 2004 05:52 am (UTC)
That would be cool!
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2004 03:22 am (UTC)
I take it you'd be there, then?
hils
Aug. 31st, 2004 09:05 am (UTC)
Sure, if it wasn't going to cost too much
gamiila
Sep. 1st, 2004 12:07 am (UTC)
Cost, cost...Do I detect a theme here? ;-)

I wouldn't worry about it now, though. Other than saying "hmmm, wouldn't it be nice if we could have a living room concert here?" to each other, Cass and I have made no plans whatsoever. Though if I can collar him at Collectormania, I may run the idea past Eric...
hils
Sep. 1st, 2004 12:14 am (UTC)
Hehe. It's always about the cost. LOL. I have this Slayer Cruise to save for you see ;)
hesadevil
Aug. 30th, 2004 07:25 am (UTC)
*pounce*

I am so glad that MWNN delayed our retutn to France and that I got to meet up with you and Cass at last. MWNN was really impressed at how well the jeans fit. He's used to me coming home and having to take up the legs to fit. Me - I'm still aching from the wrench to open the wallet and actually pay for stuff.

Best of luck with the new launch - it's the H-Pod isn't it?
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2004 03:19 am (UTC)
Those jeans really did suit you...it would have been a crime to leave them, esp. since you know you needed a new pair. Enjoy wearing them in France, I'm sure all the Frenchies will agree that they're very bon chic bon genre on you! ;-)

Loved meeting you, and hearing all about Discworld. We'll have to do lunch again next time!
bogwitch
Aug. 30th, 2004 08:24 am (UTC)
Alls well and good then? The cats got through it alright?

I've been too lazy to post, but I have to say I did enjoy our afternoon very much. We'll have to do it again some time.
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2004 03:21 am (UTC)
So glad I got to meet you in the flesh -- may it be the first of many such meetings! All the best, with the flat and all,

H.
bogwitch
Aug. 31st, 2004 03:49 am (UTC)
Thanks. And it was good to see you too. Yes, we will have to do it again.
calove
Aug. 30th, 2004 12:44 pm (UTC)
It was an absolute pleasure having you here, and I hope you know you are very welcome to come back anytime - and I mean any time. You seem to have been adopted by the kids anyway. Glad you enjoyed it, because so did we (you even won J over and that's going some, believe me!). Although next time you are over you must introduce me to this wonder woman you're describing - I don't recognise her!

And not long until CoRo! YAY!!
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2004 03:28 am (UTC)
You seem to have been adopted by the kids anyway

Give them a big kiss for me -- they're absolute darlings (except when they're not, but even then...). I love you all.
julchek
Aug. 30th, 2004 01:59 pm (UTC)
Well, it sounds like you had a wonderful time with Cass, G. I thought of you both last week, and hope things were going well. Also, good that you and Cass met up with bogwitch and hesadevil - that must have been a lot of fun!

*sigh* one of these days...
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2004 03:14 am (UTC)
*sigh* one of these days...

Make it one of these days next year, and you're on!
desdemonaspace
Aug. 30th, 2004 03:32 pm (UTC)
Welcome home. I'm sure your kitties are very happy to have you back.

You make me want to go back to England. (I haven't been since 1978.) It sounds as though you had a lovely time.
gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2004 03:13 am (UTC)
Ah! 1978 -- those were the days: miner's strikes, social unrest building, greasy food, and a choice between BBC and ITV...I'm surprised you want to go back there! ;-)
desdemonaspace
Aug. 31st, 2004 04:00 am (UTC)
But I do want to go back! Re: greasy food... I remember fish-n-chips wrapped in newspaper. Do they still have that, or have they gone all Styrofoam? I had good Indian food and French food there, though. (Who was it who said that in hell, the gov't is French, the police are German, and the cooks are British?) Heh.

Punk was big. Spiky Mohawks on fellow tube riders put you in danger of getting an eye poked out. And the smell of diesel always puts me in mind of London. In a good way, strange to say! I remember thinking you could never wear white. It'd get filthy in a heartbeat.

Oh! I just posted a pic of my kitties! (I got a digital camera for WriterCon.) Go look at my babies. :-)
calove
Aug. 31st, 2004 05:41 pm (UTC)
Who was it who said that in hell, the gov't is French, the police are German, and the cooks are British

Oy! I heard that!

I'll have you know I can cook... if I absolutely have to...;)

And yes, you can still get fish and chip in newspaper, and excellent curries. Come! Visit! Stay a while!
desdemonaspace
Aug. 31st, 2004 06:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, you tempt me! I'm the biggest Anglophile that ever Angloed. (You know I was only teasing about the food!) Seriously, I love English food. Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding... Mmmmmm!

Wah! I want to take a trip! WriterCon pretty well tapped the travel budget for a good long while. (I am going to go up and close the cabin for the winter. It never did get summery here.)

When I was in England in '78, I remember touring an old castle on the coast at Dover. Don't remember its name. It was in pretty good repair for being about 900 years old. And we were by Hever, but didn't get to go in. (That's a lovely part of England.) I think we were on our way somewhere else. We went from London to Kent then west across the south coast and moving northwast toward Wales (but not actually going there), stopped in Bristol (because my traveling companion had an audition at the Bristol Old Vic), then up to Scotland, and back down to Wales. Stayed in the Brecon Beacons and I climbed Mt. Snowdon! Then back to London. Whew! But I'd come back in a New York minute, to mix a metaphor.

There's a little finished ficcie in spiketara. Couldn't have done it without you. :-)
calove
Sep. 3rd, 2004 10:07 am (UTC)
Well if ever you do make it, I have a free room open only to fellow Spike lovers.

Sorry I haven't caught up with your fic - been offline for what feels like forever! But I'm going there right now....
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gamiila
Aug. 31st, 2004 03:09 am (UTC)
And...London! Bet you loved going back, just as I wish I could do. ::sigh::

Mona! You're kidding, right? Seems to me as if you're always jet-setting all over the place --one minte you're in India, the next you'e halfway across the world taking pictures of Californian parking lots!

But if you want to go to Londn, it's just a short hop away...;-)
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