Monday, June 19, 2006

Conf 205: Cool pool

No. of words: 45,569
Target for week: 52,817

The work work didn't appear on Friday evening or Saturday morning, so the weekend had an unexpected playing truant/holiday feel about it. Even did some writing on Sat and Sun morning. The hot weather helped, as did our new paddling pool. As there's a hosepipe ban in this part of the world right now, we had to lug quite a few bins-full of water, but it was worth it. Yesterday friends came and we had long, boozy lunch beside the splashes. If I had a real pool I don't think I'd go anywhere ever again. This is what always happens when we stay with friends in France. We have such a good time flopping and reading and swimming we never explore.

There was a French market in Twickenham on Saturday. These are springing up all over the place. Went to one last year but it was rubbish. This one much more authentic, with creperie, and 500 different types of olive stall, and 30 different types of salami stall etc etc. Bought a handbag, (replacing Primark synthetic model of at least 4 years vintage) and some Breton biscuits.What's happened to peaches this year? They go from nasty hard to shrivelled. Completely inedible!

We also had the Eagles playing in the stadium. I quite like living near a stadium. Was going to go up and have a listen, like we do sometimes for Welsh rugby, but couldn't be bothered in the end. We have the Stones coming in August. I wasn't going to go, tickets are silly prices, but have entered the residents' ballot. So fingers crossed. If I don't win, I'll definitely be taking the camp chair and wine up for a closer listen. No way could I stay indoors watching same old telly when a couple of streets away, a crankier version of Get Yer Ya Yas Out was being acted out. One of those teenage albums I played so much the grooves wore out.

Grumpyoldbookman had a link to
Susan Hill telling about her experiences judging the Orange prize. Sent me upstairs for my Penelope Fitzgerald The Means of Escape this morning; and another novel to add to the wish list. Now I have helped to judge a short story prize, I know how she feels! Though I did quite well, apparently, getting 3 of my selection through to next round.

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.


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Julia said...

You know, I believe the hosepipe ban actually excludes paddling pools (and even swimming pools, bizarrely)... Which is probably not what you want to hear as you nurse your aching shoulders from carrying all those pails down the garden. Still, you've probably got great biceps now.

Thanks for linking me.

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