Thursday, August 3, 2017


3rd August 2017

Yesterday our family welcomed a new baby. A  new grandaughter for me - Maria. Although we now have twenty four grandchildren, the miracle of new life doesn't diminish. If anything it becomes more special, more precious  Congrats to the little family .

Changing the subject, I'm posting a six sentence attempt just to try and get back in the swing of things. The cue word  is pickle. I did think I'd write something about our "new little pickle", but changed my mind.
Anyway here goes:

It had seemed a good idea at the time to get ponchos for, you know, that unlikely scenario when the weather on the continent might not be so favourable.
 It came down, in the end, to a choice between a "pac a mac with hood" or a "full covering poncho"and as we tried them on in Go Outdoors it made perfect sense to have something that kept dry, not just you , but anything you might be carrying.  
So, having bought said ponchos we secreted them at the back of a cupboard in the camper, behind other items that weren't likely to be needed often, such as my "going out|" jewellery box and my red 
high heel shoes.
Anyway, to cut a long story short and for the sake of the six, from the minute we hit French soil we were soggy, with rain set to be our constant bugbear for the next five days.
No worries, we said , we'll keep dry under our new ponchos and carry on enjoying our pilgrimage.
That was all very well until I got in a right pickle every time I wanted to get to my bag or to use my arms in a normal way, at which point I thought , those pac a macs would have done a darn site better job .


  1. We had ponchos at a ball game once - worthless!!

  2. You said it Paul ... x My husbands actually fell apart with all the use it got and became even more useless.

  3. Isn't this the way it often happens. Well told! Also, i hope you got to enjoy seeing some grand sights in France even if it was raining.

  4. Clothing that restricts your ability to act like a human being clearly should be avoided. I am sorry your trip to France was marred by rain but hope you enjoyed it anyway as I love the country.

  5. Thanks for the 'pac a mac', i didnt know what those were until i read your story. I am sorry that the ponchos actually put you in a tough situation. I deduce the tried and tested approach is always better, especially when travelling to a new continent /place . I hope to be able to visit France someday . Thanks for writing the story.

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