Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Hello, I Used to Blog Here...

I thought I’d flounce in, armed with my newly-reset Google password access, sleeves rolled-up, all purposeful and actiony! I’d throw open the curtains, let in some air of freshness, set the dust bunnies all a tizz...

Um. 

The dust bunnies look so cozy all clumped in the corner, snoring away, oblivious-like. I just watched the Gmail account stretch languidly on the sofa, comfortable in the certainty that if you’re quiet for long enough, even the spammers go away. I’m not sure I’m even s’posed to be here?

The Foxy Lady and the Koo extricated a pledge of sorts. A blog post by year end. Nitpick ye not! At time of typing, six hours and fifty-three minutes of 2013 are yet to tick in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

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In September we had a Grand Adventure.

In the three days before the Mr and I hauled three kids and four pieces of luggage on to a plane Europe-bound, I:
• smashed the car and made it die;
• noticed $4,000 had been stolen via my credit card;
• caught some Hacking Flu-like Thing;
• spread Hacking Flu-like Thing with (unintentional) wild abandon (including, seemingly, via the phone).

On the day that the Mr and I hauled three kids and four pieces of luggage on to a plane Europe-bound, I:
• had the gut-wrenching realisation that some ridiculous airline policy involving non-opening windows, dictated that jelly snakes would not see me through a lengthy bit of kid-accompanied travel which made previous camping commutes look a breeze.

29 hours after the Mr and I hauled three kids and four pieces of luggage on to a plane Europe-bound, I:
• (and the Mr and the three kids and the four pieces of luggage) arrived at the house of my inlaws;
• could not access my multi-currency passport account to pay for a Grand Adventure;
• wistfully reminisced over the cancelled credit card;
• began to take pictures. 

’Scuse me, while I rummage around in the cupboards looking for the bloggy gadget that attaches 1,071 holiday snaps...

1. We arrived as Summer wilted away:

















2. For good times with beloved ones:



3. Fossicked for fossils on the Jurassic Coast and met two Real Ichthyosaur Hunters who offered excellent hunting-type tips and gave the Middle Kid a fossilised (not fresh, obviously), Ichthyosaur poo:



4. The kids (and on occasion, me, when not perfecting plate-spinning skills) seemed to climb everything: quarries, bumps in the Peaks District, even a Dutch Ayers Rock (ironic on soooo many levels):



5. Many museums visited:



6. Many galleries visited:



7. Masterpieces of the Louvre digested using inside-eyelid skillz:



8. Paintings of fame, (Mona From an Angle), viewed:



9. Long-suffering hosts embraced hitherto unvisited touristy haunts:



10. A trip to the Beestenmarkt and a view from my own past...:



11. ...For the infamous Kobus Kuch appel taart:



12. The kids embraced new cultures with raw herring aplomb:



13. Developed a touristy radar:



14. Made friends wherever they went:



15. Were impressed by the Big Things (Don’t catch the lift! Climb the stairs!):



16. Most



17. Loved



18. The



19. Simple



20. Things:



21. As well as Parisian croissants



22. And best ice cream ever-ever-ever tasted:



23. And quirky chewing gum art:



24. (We searched the whole of the Wobbly Bridge until we found the artists’ favourite piece: the 2013 Fried Egg):


















1,071. Goodbyes always-always-always the hardest:

 

Hello 2014.

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PS. Thank you JanetStuartHelen, JudeCharlesThomasElla, KerrieChrisBo, EllenAllardJorisSaar for your fabulous hospitality and wonderful company (even if my children now believe that EVERYONE in the WHOLE of EnglandHollandFrance ALWAYS eats dessert at EVERY meal). xxx

50 comments:

Becky said...

Wow. That adventure explains the lack of blogginess here! Welcome back :)

Suse said...

About time. Welcome back chickie, x

mel @ loved handmade said...

You wouldn't believe it, I was just thinking of you!! What a time you've had you lucky ducks (minus the hacking cough, and credit card dabbles, and the not so great stuff!) so great to see, may 2014 be brilliant x

mel @ loved handmade said...

You wouldn't believe it, I was just thinking of you!! What a time you've had you lucky ducks (minus the hacking cough, and credit card dabbles, and the not so great stuff!) so great to see, may 2014 be brilliant x

june at noon said...

I've been waiting for you, lady! Glad to see you're alive and well, and what a lovely trip you had! Even if you don't return for another eleven-and-a-half months, I'm still glad you stopped by. You look good with dust bunnies in your hair! :)

Kate said...

Yippppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, so effing grand to see these lights on again. xx

Stomper Girl said...

Wow, you intrepid type! That looks like a superb holiday. Hope that your blog mojo stays on track now. Missed you!

The Foggy Knitter said...

Welcome back, good to see you

The closest my parents got to the jelly snakes was giving us a bag of sweets each as "silence money" while they navigated the chaos of streets around the outskirts of Paris on our trips to France!

Hope it's not so long until we hear from you again

belinda marshall said...

yay for the post! looks like a fabulous trip xx

trash said...

Did you love my coastline the bestest? We do a great line in dinosaur poo here in my county.

Janet said...

Sounds very excellent, except for the credit card thingy and hacking cough type lurgy....
Good to see you back.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

I'm so glad to see you (all of you!) First Liesl now you. what's next? me blogging? Nah.

Only sorry you couldn't make it North. but I wouldn't have offered anything like such exciting Outs anyway.

hope the crashedhackingthefts are still leaving room for the purchase of beans on toast to hold body and soul thigither!

brownhairblueribbon said...

Hurrah! It is you!
Also; OH GOSH GEE - that pic of the kids eating the appel taart.. Such great smiles.

Tas said...

Sorry? Who are you? SHould I know you?

See, I can take the moral high ground cos I have blogged, like, 3 times this year at least.

I think.

But I haven't blogged about our family trip to the US of A that was 15 months ago now and I can't see it happening now so I might just live vicariously through the blogging of your family trip.

Were those ice creams from the shop near the Notre Dame cathedral? Because they were surely the best.

Glad to see you. Hope that you can shove the Gmail account up one end of the couch so there is some room for you to hang around a bit this year. I have missed you. xxx

Tas said...

PS Bugger on the travel woes. Germs and hacked credit cards suck anytime, but more so after a long haul flight. With children. With not enough chewie lollies.

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

You just popped into my head today. Seriously. And now here you are. So lovely to see you here. What a wonderful (if also eventful) trip you have had! All the best for the new year!

Flaming Nora said...

Lovely to see you back again! What an adventure. Oh and by the way we always have pudding with every meal!

My Bearded Pigeon said...

See now I feel like I need to do a blog post! I do!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Thomas Cook ( and his distant cousin , the captain ) would have envied your tour guiding skills ... you even arrived with the same number of suitcases as you set off with !
Wonderful photos , wonderful memories .

( And lovely to see you in print again ! )

sooz said...

Ahoy.

Di said...

Whirlwind!
Wishing you fewer bingles and hacking coughs in 2014.

Magic Bean said...

Happy New Year to you, Ax

Lola Nova said...

Oh hello! Good to see the curtains open a bit. Happy 2014!

Glenda said...

Such a happy happy new year gift to discover your post all wrapped up and shimmery.
I am your very distant yet devoted fan. Of course there is a story.....
A few years ago, I wandered for the first time into the maze of wonders that blogdom is and happened upon your blog. I was entranced. I should have dropped crumbs like Hansel and Gretal though because I couldn't find my way back later. I was new to 'following' and 'favourites' and still pondered single versus double clicking in those days. Time swirled along until by happy chance, I found myself standing breathless before your blog again, but it was just after you had said a solemn goodbye.
But you're back! Hooray!! And with stories aplenty and pictures too. Thankyou.
It makes me realize something so wonderful. That our lives matter in ways we often are not even aware of. And we are drawn to love like moths to the light.And the creativity of another can be celebrated with joy as if it were our own. Wow, such New Years sorts of thoughts.
Thanks again, and welcome back!

Deb said...

Yay!!! I've searched high and low for you in the interweb, thinking you must have set up camp somewhere else. Do stay! I love your blog and your humourous take on life; and just the other day I threw a chocolate bar out the car window and thought of you!!!

Maxine Geurts said...

Good to hear from you again! I cant believe you were climbing rocks just down the road from us...... !

Sue said...

Great to see you back. Happy New Year.

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Caroline said...

Holy mackerel! What you doing in Delft? My home for two years and those photos sent me straight into nostalgia land. Looks like a fab trip and welcome back to blogging.

Sue said...

What a wonderful adventure! I hope you and your family have just as much fun in 2014!

Megan said...

Blasted airline policies. How unthoughtful of them. Great to see you back!!

pip lincolne said...

Oh hello! Welcome back!!

Sally said...

Brilliant adventure. So good to "see" you again.

Sally said...

I always think of you when I see dead flies on my kitchen window sill :)

Sally said...

Good. @mybeardedpigeon / chunky chilly ... Hope to see you soon.

Jackie @ Fred-and-Cissy said...

Welcome back, I have so missed your posts!

What a fantastic adventure that you'll all never forget. Lucky the poo was fossilized - I'm not sure that I'd like to choose between defending the collecting habits of my Middle and the views of the customs officers on fresh animal deposits!

Fer said...

Oh how we have missed you!

flowerpress said...

yay xxx

m.e (Cathie) said...

ha! what my bearded pigeon said!
wow, what an adventure, I am still trying to get over that herring pic...ewww
nice to see this Mrs x

Dianne said...

Welcome back, such a lovely surprise to see a new entry
here again. And what an adventure too!

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

Soooo good to see a post from you! :-)

Kylie P. said...

Great to see you back. I too have had a blogging break but have done nothing as exciting as you. Looks like you had a fantastic time with family.

Catherine said...

Hello! Lovely to see you (and the photos of your family adventure!). I hope the year is starting well for you.

Karen said...

Lovely to 'see' you back. Here's hoping there's more M&E to be seen this year.

Leonie @ Cuppa and Cake said...

Ha.....funny, I thought you died ;)

Pulse still there..........check

xx

Stash Avalanche said...

Just found you via your Sew Mama Sew's chick post. Currently reading through your entire blog in no order whatsoever and loving it. Please blog more NOW. Glad to know I'm not the only person writing blog posts in my head these days but never managing to get them to a keyboard.

Christa Marcotte said...

Just discovered your blog...via you're adorable chicks!! You're a great writer!! I love your style. Please come back to the blogging world some day when your life calms down some!!

heather said...

awesome, ms. - except for all that led up to your trip, what the heck happened there? weird karma cleansing perhaps? i took my middle girl to london and paris in november! we met my sister and niece there. didn't bog on it yet, but maybe i still can…..i did put up one photo of stonehenge…..i've lost blog time lately, too- has been a long time since i posted regularly. just thought of you as i scrolled down my old list as i procrastinate in packing for our little road trip we are about to set off on today. colorado hot springs, moab utah, telluride, then home…..here we come

Kaylovesvintage said...

no way ..you did got to the Netherlands..and did not call me!
oooooooooh

silverpebble said...

Oh. My. God.

You're not dead. This has brought me joy.

I'm six months late to this but no matter! Better get my knickers on.

Just asked Suse orf of Pea Soup if you were still in the land of the craft. You've disappeared again though, like a mysterious willo-the-wisp (which is a lit swamp fart btw).

Best wishes to you and *MASSIVE TOOT ON TRUMPET* I'm about to make my first ever quilt. With Jane Brocket.

I KNOW!!!