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Chanson de la Semaine

To avoid repeating myself on a weekly basis and lose the interest of our regular fan, I will point you towards Week 68 in the Archive for an explanation of why I am suddenly featuring a piece of music each week. Incidentally, the Archive Pics with a little audio icon on them are the ones which will have this little feature..beginning, of course, with Week 68.

The only other stuff I've written, which is sung by other people, was a project to create the lost Beatle's album. The band name was The Tables and I'll put some of that stuff on the page in the next few weeks. Ironically this is my version of one of The Table's songs, and the reaon I'm using my version is that, for me, it had a more personal resonance above and beyond the Beatle's homage it was meant to be, and playing the Lennonesque version kind of distracts from that a bit (though I do love the Lennonesque version, I might add). Phew, that was heavy.

You've probably already seen a blue or yellow band at the top of the page asking if you want to run this program and showing a 'Run Active X' tab. Click on that and then click on 'Run' and a little CD player should open below the song title. Press Play, Stop or Whatever.

Life Rewinding

Week 70
The Garden Wall

The wall continues and this week I managed to finish the top bit and most of the render. I've got the final bit to brush off tomorrow and then I can start on getting the garden border dug over. I've left little holes at the bottom for the lizards and I'll put a low drystone wall about a foot away from the base of the wall as a new lizard hotel. Well I have largely sealed off their former abode, so it's only fair. I've made up some comp photos as comparison shots, so do excuse the rather bizarre repeat buildings in the background.

Incidentally, throughout this period, Graham's been working on the interior mostly putting up plasterboard, and as this doesn't make for riveting viewing we've decided to finish the rooms off before we next feature them.

Old Pots

I found another piece of pottery in the stone pile. I've had a Google search and the nearest comparison is a first century BC pot made just north of here. See what you think.

Two Years On

Tomorrow is the second anniversary of our move to France. Do we have any regrets? No. Maybe a few wish-we could-have-done-some-things-differently reflections, but doesn't everybody? We've had to make a few mistakes in order to learn what to do or not to do in the future. But, all things being equal, and family and friends notwithstanding, we'd rather be here than there. And as things are definitely not equal in the UK at the moment, we definitely prefer to be here than there. We've lost some friends along the way, namely our much loved stepdad Frank and our chum Chris the cat, but as Joni Mitchell once said 'well something's lost but something's gained in living everyday' and for a 21 year old she was preternaturally wise for her years.

So here we are. God and Sheila knows what's in the future, and she says it's fine..so that's fine by us.