Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Return of the wanderer (wonderer?)

Yes, we are back from our holidays, three whole weeks in gorgeous Dordogne, South West France. My Franglais just about managed to get the message across when it came to such essentials as 'where is the toilet?', 'a large black coffee please', 'may i have the menu?' and 'a beer, please'. I also learned that a mispronunciation of 'merci beaucoup' (thank you very much) can be easily mistaken for 'thanks, nice ass' (merci, beau cul) - though fortunately that was from a rather amusing book I read called 'Talk to the Snail' which gave the lowdown on French life in a witty and amusing and sometimes rude manner - rather than through personal experience.

I have decided that i want to live in France, but my limited French and the lack of Anglican positions makes this a complete fantasy! Unless I get that blockbuster novel written or make a living through writing and do the Vicar bit on the side (yes, I would do this job unpaid if I could afford to),

What was most fantastic (even more so than the lovely grub, temperate weather, incredible scenery, amazing medieval citadels and chateaux, fresh fruit and veg, wine, pleasant beer and general chilled pace of life) was the time I got to spend with lovely wife and gorgeous children. Definitely worth a 14 hour drive each way (still recovering, got back 3am) just for that! No phones, faxes, emails etc etc either. Hooray!

There are lots of things going on in my head and in my life which i am sure I will blog about, but for now 'au revoir' and thanks for all the nice comments whilst I've been away. thanks too to Naomi of 'Diary from England' for including me in her 'Creative Blogger Awards'.


Marion said...

Welcome back, Alastair! Sounds like it was just the ticket...I'm looking forward to hearing more about it.

Naomi said...

Sounds like you and your family had a wonderful time Alastair. It's nice to have you back. We missed your posts!