When I started this post, I was planning on going skiing, flying out on Saturday. However to enter France and ski I need to be triple vaccinated (tick) and swear that I have not been in contact with someone who has tested positive in the 14 days before I travel. Until Thursday night that was true but then I received the unwanted message. As I’m letting my fellow travellers down two others are reporting a similar issue.
Bum. Hey Ho, there are a lot worse problems right now so I’ll let this post go as is. Just bear in mind as you read it that I’m thinking about my friends as Gore Vidal did his: ‘When I hear about my friend’s success, something in me dies a little’.
This week I’m in Val D’Isere in the French Alps. I’ve skied there before and it’s a buzzy resort with one (in)famous restaurant/dance emporia called La Folie Douce. I will not be participating. My goal, in advance of the week is to get up and down the mountains in one piece with, one hopes some beautiful scenery to distract me, a sense that my outward appearance belies the current potency of my musculature and that I will enjoy one too many decent feeds. The group of should-know-betters with whom I participate has been doing this annual sojourn for upwards of twenty years since our children were at primary school together. It is, of course, the company that counts.
For those concerned, the Textiliste does not enjoy skiing so stays behind, minds the fort and Dog and sews until the wee hours. Currently she is creating a village of pin cushions.. I expect it will have grown by the time I return…
I always have a dilemma around writing on holiday. There will be few opportunities for concentrated writing – I’m expected to be sociable – so my plan is to take some kindle books to read and two pieces of editing that I’ve printed out. The first is the Secret Diary of a Father of the Fiancéed, based on some fictional posts I wrote around my daughter’s wedding. This will be a short book, more a novella and I hope will cause the odd giggle and snort. The second is the next compilation of short fiction that I’ve written across 2018 and 2019. Provisionally titled Life and Soul it should make the shelves this year as should the Secret Diary. My plans for my Pearl Barley trilogy will have to take a bit of a back seat for a couple of weeks. It will probably improve things.
And as I know you like these things, here’s a limerick I penned for Esther Chilton’s most recent prompt (the prompt being sneak)…
People would take a sneaky peek
At Roger Schnozzle’s extraordinary beak.
It was truly humongous
And smelt of old fungus
And would constantly, saltily leak.
And a terrible tanka based on what you find in your pocket
In my pocket I find
A hole through which my life slips
A hole robbing me
Of my sanity. And cash.
It is a complete A***hole…
I don’t know how much time I will have to blog. Who knows? In case it’s not much, here are a couple of further signs of spring chez moi and of course, Dog
So there you have it. Completely wrong… sigh!
And finally a little bit of ego boosting puffery. My memoir of me and my mother during her final 5 years Apprenticed To My Mother (link here) received a rather splendid review recently which I shamelessly copy here:
This is one of those delightful books that has the power to make you laugh and cry. It’s an entertaining and moving account of the author’s attempts to help his mother during the last five years of her life and it’s wonderfully done. It’s not written in a linear way but dips, as memories do, back to amusing childhood incidents that reveal a family that shared a close bond forged by incident and humour. The descriptions of the author’s fairly pointless battles to reason with his stubborn but clever mother reveal a love on both sides that was very touching. Anyone with elderly parents will identify with the situations here but the humour in their telling is superb and I did, honestly, laugh out loud several times.
I recommend this book wholeheartedly!
The writer clearly is a person of taste and discernment. Please feel free to follow their recommendation