Thursday, April 21, 2011


A possible perception of a Brit might be someone who is OTT, base, foul-mouthed, boozing, brainless and brash.

An Englishman... perhaps more refined, reserved, rounded, romantic and blessed with a unique and wicked sense of humour as opposed to being pompous, pampered, proud and priggish.

Being a bit of everything is nearer the mark, I fear.

I hope everyone resists tarring me with the same brush as a Brit, though...I'm good old fashioned English.

This was just one thought rattling around my brain today (Wednesday) and lingered for a while before passing through.

Another thought...there is a difference between a turnip and a swede...different taste, texture, size and colour. I have an intense dislike of both, even though raw turnip straight from the field probably kept me alive in my early years. Of the two, swede is a clear winner in the totally disgusting category.

Another thought...there are so many things we have today that weren't around when I was born. I googled them and felt very, very old. To give you an idea...
TV / Anything plastic / Anything cordless (which is usually plastic anyway) / Central heating / Scanners, printers or photocopiers / Microwave ovens / Anything digital / Computers and for me, at least...electricity.

Another thought...someone I work with will be around my current age in forty years time and could be talking as I am to him now, to someone as young as he is now. I will be long gone, of course. I envy him his forty years. this thought outstayed it's welcome and I wondered how long I have left.

Another thought...a light went out when Robert Brault retired from posting his original quotes today. I thought how good it would be to categorise all of his quotes as an easy personal's something I've wanted to do for such a long time as I can never find the quote I need when I needed it most. Actually, perhaps I should first seek permission before I fall foul of copyright restrictions.

I think this time he really is serious about quitting regular blog entries. He'll be missed. If you are not familiar with his quotes, check his will not be disappointed. (Shortcut to Robert Brault Reader in the sidebar to the right).

Also thinking about France...just one more day to go!

Actually, this is now Thursday and I've been running around with last minute preparations. I've been in the garden, sharpening an axe and now I need to cut the grass...not with the axe. :)

MIL was a bit confused this morning as she thought it was Friday and was upset she had missed her hair appointment. All is well...I convinced her it wasn't Friday. I reckon she's sufficiently pleased with me to warrant a chocolate egg for the journey. Darn it, I'd better go and get a couple in case it doesn't cross her mind.

Goodness knows how she will get on with our proxy votes for the AV referendum next week. We haven't told her yet that she will be voting on our behalf.

Feeling seriously chilled now, even though the car isn't packed.

No longer feeling chilled now that we are trying to get everything in the car.

Everything packed...a miracle!

Happy days! Just a few hours sleep and we'll be on our way.


  1. Hope you have a wonderful time in France. Happy Easter!

  2. Oh happy journey and happy new horizons.

    and stop thinking so much....floating vaguely with an empty head is underrated!

  3. I love reading all your random thoughts! I especially identified with the one about all the things we didn't have as children, that we now have. My son doesn't understand when I tell him to quit complaining about having to write a paper for school. I tell him that at least he has a computer with a backspace button to erase his mistakes. When I was a student I had to type whole pages over again if I decided that I wanted paragraphs to exchange places--he can just cut and paste.

    Your comment about being 40 years older than your co-worker struck me too. Last year, when my daughter turned 26, I marveled at how fast that time had gone. Then I thought that in 26 years, I would be 76. The thought that I might only have my daughter's lifetime left to live really scared me.

    And Robert Brault. One of the great writers of our day and he is right here in our midst. I'm like you--I want that volume of Robert's quotes that I can hold in my hand and share with others. And if not for RB, I would not have found your website and reveled in your dreamy outdoor scenes.

  4. I always wondered about the difference between an English and a Brit.

  5. Hope France is wonderful!! I enjoyed taking a moment to read all your random thoughts. Love these kind of posts.

  6. Hi Khushi
    Thanks, I had a great time and I'm ready to go back.

    Hi MollyP
    I'm sitting at my desk vaguely floating and empty headed...feels OK!

    Hi Randi
    Oh, the joys of cut and paste.
    I'd settle for another 26 years and will be over the moon. The way my body responded this morning tells me I might only have weeks:)

    I see that Robert may produce that book after all. Thanks for your are, as ever, too kind.

    Hi Tess
    stereotype English and stereotype Americans... there are cultured Brits and moronic Englishmen without doubt, but for some reason I dislike the Brit tag and love English.

    Hi SM
    Thank you for taking the time to drop by. France was good and I'm a little surprised that I don't feel as sad as I usually am when I return to the UK.