Friday, July 28, 2006

Forgot to mention

What with being in France, and all the drama of coming home to a flooded house, I forgot to say how thrilled I am at being chosen as one of Jillybean's Design Team. It is an awsomely talented team, so I am feeling slightly daunted at the company I'll be keeping! Anita McDonald has been one of my fav scrappers ever since I began a year ago, and she always encouraged me with kind comments on my LOs on UKS. Everybody knows Karen (Scrapdolly) of course, mainly due to her committment to UKS, and my blogging pal Heather too. There's Sue Roberts too (Doogle 007)whose LOs have appeared consistently in my favs in UKS. I must confess that I don't know of the other DT members, so I am looking forward to getting to know them and their work.
I still haven't done any scrapping since I arrived home. Today we have broken the back of the clearing up from the water, and are just waiting for the loss assessor to visit so we can begin to get rid of all the damaged goods. That should be on Monday. Then we have to pack up the study and move everything into the living room to allow repairs to the walls and ceilings to begin, but as yet I don't know when that will be. We can't get a plumber to replace our broken kitchen tap for another week, so I will be carting water into the kitchen all next week. Ain't life grand?

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Woe is me!

I've just arrived home from a three week camping holiday in France. I should feel relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on the world, right? But I don't, I feel under immense pressure and highly stressed- eveything is going wrong....
First, and foremost, my house is a disaster. The water leak has done more damage than I had imagined. My son's bedroom is a complete no go area. It needs a new ceiling, and complete redecoration, and he is not helping by wandering around annoying me asking questions about how he is going to replace all his football posters. The hallway is growing mould, as is my husband's study, and the whole house reeks. We knew the carpet in Jack's room was ruined, but the water has seeped into the hall carpet too, creating a big stain, and I bet the insurance won't cover a new carpet, and will just want it cleaned. The carpets have only been down for 7 months too, and I spent so much time over the new year painting the hall and now it is all ruined. We have to now deal with insurance and I just know that won't be staightforward.
I have spent today washing, washing, and more washing, and sifting through anything that can be salvaged from Jack's room. I am amazed at how much damage has been done- even the clothes in his drawers were wet, some I have tossed out, others are ok after washing. It stills feel like we are camping. Jack is sleeping in the family room, the lounge is heaped with stuff from his bedroom, and for some reason the tap in the kitchen is not working so I have to cart water from the bathroom to use in the kitchen. Scrapping is off the agenda for the time being-

Sunday, July 16, 2006

I did it!

I went on a telecabine! me, who's so afraid of heights, who vowed never to go on a cable car, went on a telecabine so that I could get a view of Mont Blanc1 And what a view, a monster of a mountain in a range of steep ragged peaks, covered in snow, even though it is in the 30's down in the valleys. We did a 5 and a half hour walk today up to Mt Joue, and down to the beginning of the telecabine, and I am now completely stuffed and hot, even though it is now 6 in the evening. We had a Big Mac after our walk, much to Jack's delight, then the kids had a few shots on the Luge at Megeve, followed by an indoor swim at the campsite when we got back. We are struggling to think how we are going to spend the next 4 days as the forecast points to it getting hotter and hotter, so walking is really out of the question, and to my great shame, the kids got burnt yesterday swimming at Lake Annecy, and need to stay out of the sun, having had various skin cancers removed I should know better then to let them swim for so long. We were under a shady area for the time we were at the Lake, so the sunburn happened when they were swimming. Hopefully I will get to post some more pics soon.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Lazy day

Had a very lazy day today- it is amazing how tiring holidays can be! this morning we had a lie in , then after breakfast went to the weekly market here in Le Grand Bornand. Yummy stuff, bought cheese, ham unlike the watery stuff we get back home in Edinburh and salami, baguettes etc for lunch. This afternoon, swam in the pool, this evening we have been for a walk along the river. It is cooler today, much more pleasant. Forgot to say that we watched the world cup on a big screen in the village square the other night, the first time I have ever sat through a football game, but the atmosphere was very friendly and exciting, although eventually disappointing when Italy beat France during a penalty shootout.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006



We woke to balloons over our tent the other morning, a fab sight as you can see. Today was another scorcher- 33degrees. We were up early for a mountain walk, then this aftrenoon went swimming in the glorious fresh water of lake Annecy. will post pictures later with a bit of luck. short entry only today.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Ups and downs

The downs first. Had an email from my friend who has been checking our house while we're away to say that a water pipe in our attic has burst and has gone through the ceiling, saturating my son's bedroom. She says it is a mess, we will need new bedding, carpet, possibly a new ceiling, so that has dampened (pardon the pun) our holiday somewhat. We have had to organise someone to strip out the carpet to stop rot while we are away- what a pain, not looking forward to going home to the mess at all.
The up is that the weather is fab,the views are out of this world and despite the news I am feeling very relaxed. hope to post some pics soon.

Friday, July 07, 2006

snatched moments in internet cafes

Tuesday, Paris.... so hot!! 35 degrees and most unpleasant, ended up with a thumping headache. Wednesday was better, a bit cooler and the kids were at Disneyland paris with DH so I wandered around paris by myself and that was lovely. had lunch in Galleries Lafayette. Thursday was a long drive down to the Haute Savoie, after getting stuck in a traffic jam coming out of Paris, we finally got moving.We are staying at Le grand Bornard and it is gorgeous, camping ground in the middle of an alpine village, wanting to run up the mountains singing 'the hills are alive'. Today we just chilled, organised our tent site, went inot Thones to get some shopping, swam in the pool- lovely. There is a ballooning festival on here so right- masses of balloons fill the sky, hot air balloons, that is, what a spectaculer sight- oh and today in a amll village shop I bought, would you believe 3 whit uniball signo pens, so elusive in the UK, the best white pens, at about £1.80, half the price of those in the UK if you are lucky enough to find them. Scrapping is never far away! will update this blog whenever I find the opportunity.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Racism?

Been very busy today, packing for France. Packing to go camping with all your own gear is not easy, and added to having bad hay fever today, I am left feeling drained. England was knocked out of the world cup by Portugal today.I am not particularly interested in football, but I am aware of the bad feelings it can evoke. Living in Scotland I am chronically aware of what I believe is baltant racism- (or maybe Nationlism) the attitude of many, many Scots to the English is appalling. I had a debate with someone at work about it, and they said it was all in jest, and that Australians have the same attitude to New Zealanders. I don't believe this to be the case at all. Although there is rivalry between Australia and New Zealand, especially with regard to sport, most Australians would want New Zealand to win an sporting event if Australia was knocked out. Here in Edinburgh a child was assaulted for wearing an England strip. The racist attitude of Scots to the English is appalling.

Racism?

Been very busy today, packing for France. Packing to go camping with all your own gear is not easy, and added to having bad hay fever today, I am left feeling drained. England was knocked out of the world cup by Portugal today.I am not particularly interested in football, but I am aware of the bad feelings it can evoke. Living in Scotland I am chronically aware of what I believe is baltant racism- the attitude of many, many Scots to the English is appalling. I had a debate with someone at work about it, and they said it was all in jest, and that Australians have the same attitude to New Zealanders. I don't believe this to be the case at all. Although there is rivallry between Australia and New Zealand, especially with regard to sport, most Australians would want New Zealand to win an sporting event if Australia was knocked out. Here in Edinburgh a child was assaulted for wearing an England strip. The racist attitude of Scots to the English should not be tolerated, and for that reason I cannot support Andy Murray at Wimbledon- his attitude is typical of what I witness here in scotland constantly and it truly appals me.