Thursday, September 9, 2010

Patience ...

is a virtue.

Now who was the wise saint that came up with that one??

Abandoned in Cyber Limbo by Orange (the new name for France Telecom but never-the-less still my favourite colour), I have been stranded for over a week with no home telephone or internet connection. Just in case you were wondering why I haven't dropped by...  Of course if I was a non-patient homeschooling mother, I could be driven round the bend with no internet connection (read: no blogging). But today's theme is patience isn't it? So we shall continue to focus on that ;-) with a glass of wine.

And here we are on the eve of my next trip to Wales. Yes - I do leave tomorrow again for 9 days, during which I will once again be deprived of all internet access. This time, however, it's for a good purpose. So there you all are, on the edge of your seats waiting for me to FINALLY give you the low down on the last Wales trip - and here I am off again on the next one. There you all are... You are still there aren't you?

Sigh. I still can't give you the story tonight. You see, it's all a question of breath - and trying to find the time to stop and catch it. Something along the lines of Peter Pan's shadow, my breath has taken off without me and taken on a mind of its own. If you see it, would you mind snaring it, calming it down and keeping it safe until I catch up? 

In the mean time, I do have some news. While all external links to La Rivière were on the blink, this is what has been going on: 

With the help of Beaker, we finished clearing EVERY SINGLE ITEM out of the garage.
(Photo of the garage NEARLY cleared) 

Seeing my new studio (be still my palpitating heart) was built into the right hand half of the garage, we had to fit everything that had been on both sides of the garage into the remaining left hand side. A big hurray to Beaker for the mammoth effort used to efficiently transform a truck load of 'bazarre' as we say in French, into some resemblance of purposeful arrangement within a significantly reduced garage space so he could still get his golf clubs out easily. APPLAUSE!!

And of the right hand side??? 

 Thought I'd try my hand at laying a very liquid concrete floor. I know there's a technical term for this in English but pfffed if I can remember it ;-)

Then painted the ceiling ... Over ceilings for this year! Très passé!

Then rendered (I think. That's what you do with a mix of extra fine sand, lime and acetate isn't it?) and varnished the walls in one day with the extensive help and expertise of one of my very dearest friends.  Needless to say, there was no possibility of reading up on homeschooling curriculum that evening. The zzzzzz stacked up before the head hit the pillow.

Below is just an early photo. The render is now finished, dry - as in WHITE, not sand colour - and varnished. I've also coated the floor in resin to waterproof it and allow it to be cleaned. Housework, did I mention housework? 

Where was I? Oh yes. So the studio/atelier is now finished except for the small task of putting in two doors. One of them was promised to me by the end of July (this year). I think we've already touched on the fact that French artisans don't have quite the same concept of time that I do. When my 'door' artisan passed by the other day and promised that I would have said door installed soon, I asked with a facetious friendly smile, "Soon, as in before the end of the year?" Quite seriously he responded, "Ouaaaaiiii, I think that should be possible." Sigh. Sigh again. Patience I tell you! Patience.

Ok - apart from said door this is the current state of affairs at La Rivière:

Atelier/Studio painted and ready to inhabit, decorate, OWN: Check. 
Homeschooling started: Check. 
Kitchen and dining room ceilings painted: Check
Two new kittens: check
Shelves built for all homeschooling folders: still waiting for the wood. Artisan only two weeks late on promise so far. This is probably a blessing as a minimum of sleep has actually come in handy during the GIC (Great Internet Crash).

So finally dear friends, this afternoon, I wanted to write to you about Wales. I duly sat at my desk, rubbing my little hands together in glee at the thought of telling my tale. But it was not to be as to get to Wales I have to take you through Paris, and that takes time. Patience 

This afternoon we had a minor disaster that was revealed to me when I picked up my newly operational telephone on its very first ring for more than a week. Sad news. My poor little Libellule had managed to slam her thumb in the door at the neighbours so we ended up spending some unplanned time at A&E reassuring her that she was neither going to die, nor lose her arm, in spite of the immense pain. Love. And Patience.

Beaker now has a mixture of vertigo and lumbago, Libellule is miserable with a thumb the size of a house and my bags aren't packed... Not entirely optimal circumstances for a serene trip. Patience. 

Like I said, if you find my breath, keep hold of it for me. In the mean time, I think I'll just pack a big case of patience to take on board.

When I return, all I have to do is cook for 60 people and finish organising the GBB (Great Birthday Bash!!). Then all can go back to a normal routine of homeschooling, sport, calligraphy projects, BLOGGING and housework.

I do hope you'll all still be here when I get back so I can finally grab that whisky, wine cuppa and enjoy a good visit.

It really is you who I must thank for your eternal patience!!

Much love to all.




  1. Make sure you pack the patience in hand luggage as you might well need it during the flight!
    And when you return...there's always sparkling white Chez Dinahmow.And strong coffee. ;-)
    Bon voyage!

  2. I can't for the life of me place what I am looking at in the new studio. However, I can attest to the fact that the garage was nearly cleared out - it was a *bit* more filled when I was there... ;)
    I wish for you the most marvelous time away, the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER while you are there, and can't wait to talk to you when you return to your wonderful fabulous festive life next weekend!
    Biggest love to you my sweet,

  3. Bon voyage and trunkfuls of patience to you, sweet Ange! Happy travels, happy birthday, happy adventures.


  4. I bow to you! how you accomplish all you do is beyond my wildest dreams....! How wonderful to have a studio... ah a lovely thing. I wish you a wonderful trip with no more challenging surprises. Wishing you a wonderful birthday too! May this be the beginning of a new year full of days that feel grand to you!

  5. Take a deep breathe, Ange, and pour that glass of wine. Everything will fall into place. I'll have a cuppa waiting for you when you return. Will it be whiskey, wine, tea...

  6. Bon voyage!
    Safe travels...
    Looking forward to hearing all about it when you return!

  7. Oh alright, I will try and be patient but you must tell all when you get back....PLEASE!!

    I hope that your travels are safe, fun and rewarding. Bon Voyage!

    Best wishes always,

  8. Oh wow! Have a wonderful birthday and time in Wales. I'm hyperventilating just reading all your recent adventures! Time to calm down...

    PS We've had a really positive Rentrée - can't wait to hear more about your homeschooling as an alternative, though.

  9. Well Ange, as ever, never a dull moment around your place!
    This looks wonderul, studio, Paris, Wales...GBB and so much more.
    Can't wait to read it all...

    Poor Libellule..ouch! Beaker, vertigo and lumbago...that sounds like a tough one too!

    All will be is your birthday month you will shine as always..

    Wishing you well on your journey safe and b-well!

    Jeanne xxx

  10. I have missed you and your tres witty posts that make me smile from ear to ear...and can understand why you have been missing!
    Very intrigued to hear about the homeschooling, see the finished atelier, and the Wales story...
    Patience is a virtue, yes...I am experiencing that myself in a myriad of ways.
    Have a safe trip and hear about it soon,

    I BOW DOWN...

  12. It looks fabulous Ange and you sound your normal kiwi self - lots happening all at the same time. Have a fabulous times in Wales and hope to see you soon :-)

    Beaucoup de bisous,


  13. Dear Ange,
    First of all, sorry that I have been AWOL for a while.....we are just back from our holiday in Tuscany and I'm trying to catch up with my commenting. ....but, now you will be in Wales so, I don't know when you will read this !!
    Wishing you a wonderful time and look forward to when you 'tell all' when you return. Lots of love to you and yours. XXXX

  14. gee, i thought my life was intense!... well it is but...whew
    safe journey
    and dont forget to breathe....
    ~laura x

  15. Have a fabulous time away, patience and wine in hand while deep breathing. You really do have to fill us all in when you get back. Happy happy birthday my friend - mine too this week, but somehow I'm not as excited about it as you are about yours!!

  16. Have a fabulous time. PS: Who's feeding the new kittens while you're gone?

  17. Oh poor Ange, your patience is being tested, I'm sure that studio will be well worth the wait. Now just relax and get ready to have a real blast on your birthday. xx

  18. Hey Ange
    Well my internet has kept me from visiting this post till now... blasted annoying.. @#$@# [you know the drill]

    Sounds like you have been extra Ange busy!! So will hear about your new adventures when you get back... Hope Libellules thumb feels better.. xxx Julie

    Hope you have a swell time in Wales


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