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Dune sledding

I haven’t said much about our summer holiday this year.

Admittedly I’ve been a bit off the radar for a lot of things. If you’re not related to me and follow the blog at all, we went to New Mexico this year for our yearly big holiday. I suppose someday I’ll catch up and share with everyone how wonderful our time was in New Mexico. Seriously, we had a fabulous time. It was Paul’s first real American road trip which didn’t include a  family visit (we DO love you guys, but you don’t need to be at the center of ALL our holidays!) and it was a first for me as well – I had never been to that part of the country. We thoroughly enjoyed it, and as with all of our good holidays we think we should revisit at some point. There are just too many wonderful things in this world. Anyway, while we were in New Mexico, we visited the White Sands area. Paul was only really aware of the missile connection with White Sands and because of this, wanted to drive by. Being indulgent to my foreign husband (aren’t I always!) I of course said, “Missiles? Really? Are you sure you want to go there?” But of course we wanted to visit White Sands. Not only is it a national monument, but it has some of the prettiest scenery I’ve seen in a long time. Besides, where else can you sled down pristine white sand dunes in the blinding sun?


I wouldn’t miss it for the world! I totally think the best bit is Paul’s cackle at the end – he’s clearly delighted with himself!

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Boring and cold, huh?

I was on my way home today when I was waylaid by a young man full of Christmas spirit. As he proceeded to grab my hand and kiss it, he declared that I was both, boring AND cold.  I tried to explain to him that yes, while I was boring and cold, I was also not interested in his attention. That didn’t however, prevent him from trying to persuade me to go the same direction as him and his friend. Thank goodness for the friend. He provided a distraction as I escaped towards the underground.

Somehow I think his Christmas spirit was of the alcoholic variety.

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The other day I was in the grocery store, moaning about the fact that I couldn’t get Karo Syrup in this country. Well, not moaning, really, but I did say aloud (quite loudly) to Paul, “You just don’t get it here. It’s something I’ve just come to accept,” and I picked up a tin of Golden Syrup.

I said it a little too loudly. As soon as it came out of my mouth, I caught the eye of an older gentleman who was walking down the aisle behind me, and he asks me, “What? What’s wrong with our country?” I must add here that he did have a mischievous smile on his face, but I was suitably chastened. I very quickly said, “Nothing at all!” He smiled again and then went on to seriously ask me what I was looking for. When I said I was looking for corn syrup, he simply said, oh, and then shrugged his shoulders a bit, smiled kindly and went about his business without another word. And left me there.

I’m not sure whether I should be embarrassed because I was speaking to loudly, or feel vindicated, because I did know what I was talking about. I think I’ll take vindicated, but next time I’ll remember to use my indoor voice at Sainsbury’s. Oh wait, I don’t have an indoor voice… Outdoor voice it is then!

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Set the juice loose!

I absolutely LOVE this Scottish advert!

Maybe this is what it will be like at the ceilidh next Friday!

Edit: Because we don’t get them in the States, you can find out all about wine gums here.

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Big spider, ick

Ok, so went home for lunch today and got the fright of my life. Calmly turning on the facet to top up a glass of peach juice and what do I glance down and see? One of the biggest spiders in the world. Ick.
They say here they don’t have any scary creepy crawlies – you know, things that bite or hurt you, but let me tell you what, they have some of the hugest house spiders I have ever seen. Sure, it’s not going to bite me, but it may just scare the life out of me! And fall is the time of year for them. They like the cool and damp, and will crawl out of the drains or the fireplace. You never know when you’re going to come across one in the kitchen or the bathroom. Luckily, though the bedroom seems to be spider free zone.

Spiders, ick.

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