Tuesday, 1 September 2009

The Rain In Spain Falls Mainly On Bournemouth

It's a good thing my sister dragged me to TK Maxx and made me buy a decent weatherproof WARM jacket for Max, because the beach in Bournemouth is NOT Toco, my lovies. My cousin Charlotte, her sweet daughter Venus, Max and I walked to the beach last week while we were flat-hunting, and it rained, and blew, in that typically cold windy wet English way. We looked out to sea, and imagined Chas and Sam and uncle Pat and crew, yachting wetly. Then we walked back. Max and Venus had a great time, giggling and playing and putting sand in their pockets, heads together deep in discussion about this and that. Carlotte and I walked briskly, I getting damper as the rain seeped through my anorak...

It was much nicer the next day. Sunny, even! Chas and Sam sailed again and had "The best day ever" with wild winds and 7.5 knots sailing! They have proper gear for their top halves, but if they are going to sail any more this season I will need to get them some legs and boots. There were waves swooshing over the decks, soaking them and making their feet numb.

And did we find a flat, in between all of the fun? YES! It's nice, roomy (a roomy English flat! What a find!) with a big kitchen AND it's across the road from the primary school, on a dead end! Ta-daaa! Many thanks for all of the good vibes, and the experienced Charlotte's assistance! We are moving in on Sunday.

Now, we have to walk to the park IMMEDIATELY, since Chas' new rubberband-propeller plane is repaired and ready. My uncle Pat is in Italy, so we are house-and-dog-sitting. The dogs know that there is a walk in the park about to happen, so they are going wild. I will post more soon, with pictures. I'll also catch up on everyone's news this week too, now that I am getting it all together. Cheerio, Dahlings!


9 comments:

LceeL said...

Damn. Lost that Trini accent already?

Good news about the flat, though. You must let one and all know where the nearby Hotels are - you know, for when we all come to visit.

Tash said...

Yay!!!!!!!! A flat! A roomy one - wow! One step closer to normalcy - AND across the roam from school - child, you are blessed indeed!

Missing you here. First day of school for our secondary schoolers here - all smooth sailing. Looking forward to 2:20 so I can hear all about it. In truth, I expect the response to "How was it?" will be "Fine!"

Love to those boys, and hugs for you
xoo

Nan said...

Lou, by "Roomy Flat" read: "Pull-out couch"! But I suppoooooose you could stay in a hotel if you like? Tash, let me know how it goes. We don't start school just yet, as the forms are "processing". Red tape. Eeek. Hopefully real soon though.

i am the diva said...

hee hee hee, your comments on my giveaway made me laugh...

witchypoo said...

Yay for finding a flat! You bring adventure and joy wherever you go1

Kelly said...

great news!! great job!! can't wait to hear more....check out mine for news on our first experience with mt hope Ped A&E...i was thinking of you every step of the way and so grateful for your accounts of your good expereinces!!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

That sounds like a good start. Pull out couch means "roomy" there? In America that code word is "cozy."
Glad you're getting outfitted properly for the weather. That rain. Ugh.

HalfAsstic.com said...

Well, it sounds like everything is coming up roses! I am so tickled it all seems to be falling into place. And now a great new spot to call home!

Anonymous said...

Well done! A flat by gum!

Don't you love finding that rainbow after the rain!

One of the things I love about hiking is getting raisin-wrinkled (the surest way to tell if your body is going beyond its cold limits) from sloshing through rivers and under waterfalls and getting caked in mud, then having a hot steamy bath and watching the dirt and nature's little souvenirs be miraculously replaced by squeeky clean skin. I even like the garden to get overgrown, the dishes to get saturated with foodstains, the walls to grow moss...all so that I can revel in the 'before' and 'after'.

Makes you feel alive somehow, as if you have been given a fresh slate to try new adventures or a chance to do something over without making the mistakes you made before.

Hmmm...maybe that is where all of this rambling is heading...

Enjoy your rainbows

Vicki