It’s been a long time

•December 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Someone commented on my post ‘It’s three o’clock in the morning’ and I realised it’s been a long time since I last blogged.
Life has been hectic. And diffcult. And frantic. And now Christmas is upon us, another year is about to start.
So what’s been going on in harrietdg‘s world? Well, we’ve moved into the ‘Smarties house’, The Man, The Dog and me. The Boy comes to stay every other weekend and every Thursday. We’re setting up a little life for ourselves.
On the work front it is all change: in January I’ll be comuitng to and fro to London. But I’m also looking at consultancy, and in the future being my own boss.
I/we still hope one day to move back to France, but that’s not for 2010.
Looking forward to Christmas and New Year with the various families.



•March 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Meeting the family – Done! As Gordon Ramsay might say.

The Man and The Clan have encountered one another, and no blood was shed. Of course we were all far too busy worrying about my hospitalised, elderly father to talk religion (we’d all have agreed on politics at least) – thank goodness!

So, with that box ticked let’s all move on.


•February 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I’d decided to do a bit of blogging while The Boy watched telly and The Man had a nap, but everything I typed came out backwards!

  • Had I hit some clever button that reverses the keyboard – no, I hadn’t!
  • Had I caught an annoying virus – no, I hadn’t!
  • Was I stupid – umm, probably not, but I was definitely flummoxed!

Turns out it is some Java bug, and that’s related to me trying to use my work’s ultra complicated, very user-unfriendly VPN!

So it’s fixed, for now, so long as I don’t log on to Signify (which I shouldn’t be doing on holidays anyway!), and I can tell you about how I’m spending these holidays planning for the next two holidays!!!!

Oh yeah, we wanna go away… and we’re looking at a number of options:

Italy, self-catering villas, run by my friend Jane:

Scotland in a VW Campervan, run by another schoolfriend Flora:

Or perhaps just France again, anywhere in the South!

In the meantime I’m/we’re Sam-sitting, Sam is like a big version of The Dog, so it’s ‘Big Me, Little Me’!!!!!


Looks a lot like Christmas

•December 24, 2008 • Leave a Comment

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.


Christmas Eve, we’ve done the present shopping, the food shopping, we’ve made arrangements not to put The Dog into kennels today (they’re not open on Boxing Day when we go away) – we’re ready to Christmas Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Then we’re off to London, staying at a Secret Hotel, museums and activities galore for three whole days, just the two of us; I can’t wait!


Happy Christmas one and all!


* Lyrics and images courtesy of:

It’s Christmas time…

•December 7, 2008 • 2 Comments

…mistletoe and wine, children singing Christian rhymes, with logs on the fire and gifts on the tree, it’s time to rejoice in the good that we see.

I know it’s a Cliff Richard song! One I learnt many years ago, to sing as entertainment at a family Christmas with my siblings in fact. It was a ‘suitable’ pop song in the eyes of my parents. But that’s not the point of this post. No. The point is that this year I’m celebrating with my new family, enter stage right The Man, The Boy, and The Dog.

Yesterday I brewed up some mulled wine, and we decorated the Christmas tree to the sounds of Carols from Kings. Today we’re having a roast turkey Sunday lunch, a sort of dress rehearsal Christmas Dinner, and tomorrow I’m wearing Christmas wreath earrings to work.

Christmas has arrived in my life.

I had been feeling rather ‘un-Christmassy’, and was even objecting to the two Christmas cards I’ve already received (some people are too organised!), but, once the trip to Edinburgh was cancelled, I was a new woman: a woman ready to brave Cheltenham town centre on a Saturday (about ten minutes in fact, but that’s a record for me); a woman ready to book the London Eye mulled wine flight; a woman ready to, well ready for nearly anything it has to be said, I’m relieved, released, reliving, really in love. I’m spending this Christmas with a family I love.

Hope you all are too!


humphf continued

•November 24, 2008 • Leave a Comment


Apologies, I was so upset I couldn’t even blog about what made me say ‘humphf’ at the weekend.

It’s the ‘same old, same old’ anyway… my family poking their noses in where they’re not wanted.

Picture the scene: 30-something woman wants to introduce her new fella to her family. Seems innocuous? You would think! Nah, woman’s parents send her an email, a tissue of lies and half-truths, about how she’s “making another dreadful mistake”, and I’ll spare you any other quotes.

Well, I think the mark has been well and truly over-stepped. I’m tired of picking myself up, dusting myself down, and trying to give my parents what they want without losing sight of who I am. When Voldemort left I decided I had to look after myself, put myself first, and that’s what I’m going to do now. Nothing in the world could induce me to share any further part of my life with people who only want me to live my life as they see fit.


It’s me and The Man against the world now, and I’m off to draft the reply email.


•November 22, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I am VERY upset