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Sunday 18th August

Six thirty start this morning and washing pegged out rather hopefully that it was turn into a bright day.  Had to tread carefully on the  lawn....there were about fifteen slugs on there and it was very tempting to get out  the salt but didn't know what it would do to the lawn.  Suppose I'm spoiled in BG...we only have giant ones but they are few and far between thank goodness.  Not my favourite of God's creations.

Slow start after that and at ten we decided to go and see the Red Arrows.  The weather was a little iffy but we thought we would risk it but we were a little unprepared for the howling winds on Beachy Head.  Reckoned that we would not be able to park in town so seemed a likely vantage point and paid out five pounds for the parking and off we set.  Back to the car after about ten minutes and brought out everything we could find to keep up warm including a couple of umbrellas to use as wind breaks.

Lots of planes that we could only see for part of the time....there was a very low cloud and of course acrobatics being what they are it is sometimes up and sometimes down but they seemed to spend far more time up than down.  So we made a pact....Red Arrows performance over and back to the car and thinking about food and they arrived right on time but as I said, the cloud made it difficult to follow the moves.

Back to the White Horse for supper, topped up at Tesco and back home, washing in and found to be dry which was a bonus, got changed ready for church but even that didn't go our way.  The visiting woman that was taking the service must have  got lost  in traffic or completely forgot she was scheduled for Brighton and didn't make it.....not to worry....the rest of it went OK.

Ready for bed now...relaxed and considering what to do tomorrow.  I think I'll actually take a rain check so to speak and see what that has in store and now to post pickies.  My camera was out of commission because I'd used up my two batteries and forgot to charge them overnight so relied on my old one....best of a bad job so to speak....LN.....here goes....



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Monday 19th August

Five thirty start this morning...down to get coffee...read for a while and closed my eyes holding my coffee and fortunately I didn't turn over and end up with a wet bed.  Out of bed eventually at eight and set the deadline of the nine twenty bus and Stamford Bridge, Chelsea Football ground here we come.  Not for me may I add....my student knows all about them so I thought it would be a fitting farewell and yes, it was interesting.  We did the full tour with a guide that had a sense of humour joking with the forty or so on the tour in several languages.  We saw the journalists area, the visiting team changing rooms and the home team luxury changing rooms.  Apparently it helps if the other team have reasonable changing rooms since it lulls them into a very pleasant and not in the least aggressive frame of mind.  Perfect for failure.

Tour over, picked up the tube for the Embankment and out came the I Spy book and we knocked off Cleopatra's Needle. Millennium Bridge, Oxo Tower, Tate Modern, Tower Bridge, London Bridge and the Tower of London.  Ticking as we went it was amazing what we found but we were still undecided and still are of the whereabouts of Tower 42.......we took photos and hopefully one day we'll wheedle it out.

Found a kebab restaurant and had a chicken with very hot chili sauce and managed to get on the seven twelve from Kings Cross and home at about nine thirty coming in by bus.  Very good day, very tiring day and tomorrow it's sorting out clothes and working out if we can get everything in or we need to book a one way bag on easyJet.  Tomorrow will tell.

So LN...I'm going to get my little head down....I'm whacked...



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Tuesday 20th August

Late start...twelve hours yesterday took its toll so washing in, breakfast was English sausages, settled in to pack the hold bag that I had yet to book with easyJet.  Now this would have been a simple task if the booking was in my name but it was my student's mum who booked it and I ended up making phone calls to the said company to arrange the payment.  I was advised to print the new boarding passes and I didn't seem to have access to them but managed it eventually.  The second task was to book the taxi for 4.00am for Thursday morning so today's list is now complete.

A friend came round this morning that I hadn't seen for about seven years and we chewed over the fat over friends that have gone to the other side.  There were a few surprises in there for me and so I sent up a silent prayer....and both younger than me which does bring it home somewhat.  Late lunch of corned beef sandwiches and then into Brighton to take what was to be the final camera shoot but instead it turned into a visit to the new skateboard park in Brighton and a demand for the plans to be emailed to Kardjali offices and a further demand for Euro funding.  That's going to happen....   Last minute shopping for presents.....these have to go somewhere in the packing....I'm beginning to think that we need bottomless suitcases.  Now heading down to the kitchen to see what I can come up with for supper.  It's not that I'm hungry but I have a very hungry caterpillar that one day might turn into a butterfly.....LN....I'm on the food run....



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Wednesday 21st August

Final count down.  So this morning I could have been in that taxi at four having woken at silly o'clock.  I went down to make a coffee, thought I would watch TV but now that English TV has gone digital I have't a clue about Freeview boxes and the like so the screen remained blank and I went back to bed with a book.  Now that would have been fine but the bedside lamp is purely that so I tried hard with a new Frank Kaffa and gave up in the end, played Angry Birds until the battery died on the tablet and eventually went back to sleep until seven thirty.  I went down and sorted the final washing, went into his room to deliver the said socks and realised that there was a hump in the bed and he was still asleep so I crept out.  Still no sign of life and it's nine.  I think he's as tired as I am...
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Thursday 22nd August

One word to say....HOME......and the boy is returned safe and sound to his parents......result.

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible....   LN
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Still waiting for normal service to be resumed..... You okay Mama? Xxxx
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Friday 24th August

Quoted from Princess
Still waiting for normal service to be resumed..... You okay Mama? Xxxx


This is specially for my Princess....I would ask what's 'normal'...I don't think five marshmallows all at once are, and as for the man offering me a 'hug' on the train because I had tears streaming from my eyes, he can't have been but I think he enjoyed the cabaret.  Now enough said!!

Slept really well last night and woke up at seven this morning,  My Avatar came round this morning and we had a big hug.  She was looking a little worried before I gave her a pair of cat fleece slippers as her present in red, white and blue but she almost burst into tears as she related the events of last Tuesday to me.  We walked to the end of the lounge terrace and she pointed out a patch of scorched earth and said that there had been a near thing with three of my neighbour's houses and mine.  Apparently the men from the village were tackling it but the fire engine arrived within ten minutes and doused the flames which were, according to her, really quite high and fortunately there was no wind to fan it. She said that she'd had sleepless nights worrying about it and I only said one word to her....'kismet' or 'luck'.  It wasn't my turn.  At least she had something else to think about now....one pair of patriotic kitty slippers...   My next visitor was Remsier who saw my car and just called to check that I was OK.

Had a phone call from the Librarian this morning.  What she thought of as 'minor' has turned out to be 'major'.  Her jeep has gone in for repair and she is without.  I went over this afternoon with the intention of bringing her back to mine so that we could have an early start but the request was made for me to stay there.  Normally I would have complied but I'd left my bedroom door open and only fly screen for protection so now I'm home after topping up her supplies in her local town and tomorrow she is making her way to Djebel with her son on the bus and I'll meet them and we'll hit Kardjali together.  I think I'll take the Beast out for a spin,,,there might be lots of shopping on board.

Settling down with a glass of ouzo and water tonight....beautiful evening and looking round my house I'm so pleased that luck was with me last Tuesday...it would have been hard starting again.  LN....I'm off to bed with a book...LN.

Quick update for Kingdom.....I believe you have a roof....
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Saturday 25th August

Short and sweet tonight.  I'm sleeping at the Librarian's after we've had a day stocking her up with food due to the absence of transport and I've spent the evening eating it and drinking it.

It's taken me fifty minutes to get an internet connection so I'm not going to push it....it's holding up with only one bar but I've had to 'adjust my position' several times.  So it's goodnight from me and good night from her and I'm posting double quick in case I lose it again....LN and the photos of this morning's glorious sunrise will be put on tomorrow.....LN
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Saturday 25th August

Short and sweet tonight.  I'm sleeping at the Librarian's after we've had a day stocking her up with food due to the absence of transport and I've spent the evening eating it and drinking it.

It's taken me fifty minutes to get an internet connection so I'm not going to push it....it's holding up with only one bar but I've had to 'adjust my position' several times.  So it's goodnight from me and good night from her and I'm posting double quick in case I lose it again....LN and the photos of this morning's glorious sunrise will be put on tomorrow.....LN
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