Hey hey hey!
Wow, that was such an awesome weekend. The sunshine was out (snow at home!!!) and Saturday was really really warm, proper tanning weather at last. So, first things first, Friday afternoon Lou, Eddie and I went to an "English in Dordogne" expo thing to see a talk by Stephen Clarke. He's a really entertaining author who has written the series of "merde" books about an Englishman in France, as well as "Ten Commandments for living with the French" which is really funny. Had previously read and enjoyed them and was well excited! He did a cool talk with some funny little anecdotes which were soooooo true and, as there were only about 10 people there, we got to have a little chat and get his signature after.
Friday afternoon I had a lovely time chilling out in the sunshine with the 2eLLes (Lou and Lynn) and Molly. We had our first ice-creams of the summer and Lynn took us to this random, run-down building where she thought we could get costumes for the carnival on Sunday...err not quite! But was a nice couple of hours and we got some face paints.
Saturday morning I did a few jobs and stuff which needed doing and then we all headed to the park for a BBQ! It was Molly's awesome idea and was such a good time. We had to hide the BBQ behind a wall because it wasn't exactly allowed but all worked out fine. Had amazing burgers with cheese, onions, gherkins, salad, crisps, potato salad (which I made and was pretty proud of!) and Lynn turned up 2 hours late (as always!!!) but with an amazing fruit platter and melted chocolate. We all ate and sat around, the others played frisbee and I had a good chat and some sunbathing with Lynn, Katie and Helen. When the sun eventually started to go in at 7ish we dropped our stuff off and grabbed jumpers for mine and headed to the fair which had set up in town. But got there at 8ish and, as we're in France, it was just closing for dinner! So we ended up just hanging round for an hour taking silly (but very cool) photos. Was just sooo good to chill out with these guys and not have to worry that there's essays to be written or work the next day or whatever, was happy. But also sad that it's almost the end for our little group...only a week and a half left for 7monthers. :-( We went to our local, Cafe de la Place and sat outside with a plate of frites listening to the really cool local band then hit up the re-opened fair. The crazy people went on this ridiculous ride and we did silly techtonik dancing. Then we all went on the bumper cars, Lou and I, the non-drivers, shared! And I went on The Octopus, singing Mika all the way around.
Talking of Mika, Lynn has made a Youtube channel with all the songs that have accompanied our time in France: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=198A2331E0C883F8
The girls came back to mine for a cup of tea, being rudely interrupted by Heddie (The "Hari and Eddie show") on the intercom, and then Rachel stayed at mine...we stayed up later then we should have with a random religion conversation I seem to remember!
Sunday morning it was all fingers and eyes on the computer for Glasto tickets, and Joe, Me, Katie and Tom all got them! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited, gonna be amazing again methinks. ;-) :-) :-)
Next job= booking final flight home :-)
Then the others came back round and we got face painting! Katie, the artiste, is mega-talented and did me a really cool sea-horse. When we are all ready and joined by Mary Poppins (Cecile) and Heddie we hit up the Carnival. Was really cool...like the floats weren't exactly amazing or anything and the French crowd lacked the party spirit at times but the Anglo-saxons did a good job cheering and stuff. Was some "wicked" techtonik and some genuinely cool bands, love the old samba. I think the tonnes of confetti which were thrown aroud really added to the atmosphere and was just cool to see so many people out and the roads closed and stuff.
It got really windy late in the afternoon so we popped into Cecile's for a gouter. Then at 6ish (and with some warmer clothes) we followed the floats down to the river. Was a bit random, they have a "trial" for the Petassue guy and then burn him. He's supposedly represents all the bad stuff of the city and burning him brings good luck, but the trial involved claiming he'd raped a load of women and stuff...not really very family friendly and let's not even mention the health and safety of the fire! Was all good fun though.
AND Parents arrive tomorrow! :-) so, err, yeah better go clean!