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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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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 ;)