Saturday, August 11, 2007

A summer routine

Going along the slow and lazy flow of summer, enjoying every moment of sunshine and stillness.

I've gone to Goodwood Horse Racing Festival. I've finally got to wear the dress I had bought for Nadine's wedding, that I did not get to go to, I looked beautiful and I got complemented by everyone, which was sweet. Although i did not win at the races, I had a lovely day, lots better than last year, it must have been the ladies, I get along very well with customers Heena, Liz (to my left) and Brian and I got to meet Anna (to my right here) who was great fun.

I read one the best books in a long time; the House at Riverton by Kate Morton, already a Best Seller. I love these books where the story teller isn't necessarily the main character, but everything around her is the story, the people, the place, the economy, the country, the history, love, drama, death and happiness. I only ever found another book of this magnitude, Empress Orchid by Anchee Min; if you can recommend any other please do.

I watched again Lost in Translation, I never tire of this film. I truly love it, I think it is because I can very much rely to it. At different stages of my life, I have found myself quite lost in translation. I do not mean literally, but just like in the movie, lonely, curious but shy, without friends, communication breakdown, insecure in love and life... And this time, I discovered a great song by Jesus and Mary Chain, Just Like Honey.
My baby went to Berlin while I was away on business trips; he had three great days discovering the war torn German Capital.

He met Knut the Bear at the Berlin Zoo, both famous because he was rescued from his mother who tried to kill him as a cub, but also because Bear is the symbol of Berlin. Here the teenager is taking a nap. Discover Berlin through my baby's eyes.
Summer finaly came in August, so last weekend we made the best of the first gorgeous weekend of the summer by having a picnic at Hampton Court gardens with Seow Ling and Nils. I was very excited to use my French basket for the first time (other than for decoration), I made tomato salad, taboule, Ham and salad and Salami and Coleslaw sandwiches, and Seow Ling was in charge of the dessert with fruits and brownies, she also brought a pasta salad in case we'd be missing, but we weren't...
The three of them took a nap after the heavy lunch, while I was reading the wonderful book The House at Riverton.
We had a perfect blue sky and I completed my book while getting a discreet tan. It was an absolutely perfect day, and I was humming the song of the same title by Lou Reed on the way home...

The rest of the month including Nicki's birthday lunch party, anther perfect day by the river in London; followed by a night out with Alex, where before going to watch transformers, we played bowling and a Time Crisis kind of game at the arcade below the cinema.

I went to a tea party at Nadine's where I put my foot in my mouth teasing her friend Bridget. See, Bridget got engaged, but she was upset because her engagement was not exactly what she expected, because her fiance James did not give her the ring and told her to fly back to South Africa on his air miles because it is cheaper to buy a diamond there. As far as I am concerned this is awesome, so I teased her about being upset, but I guess it was sensitive topic and I feel bad about it cos there was no harm intended. I took my first golf lesson and now I suck more than before the lesson, so lots and lots more practice is in order. There was a rumor going around the office that I may be pregnant, but I've set them straight before finding myself wishing that I was... huh?!

I caught up with my cousins Nicolas and Emilie about their new life as parents with awesome little Antoine; as well as with Chloe who seems to have put her life on hold in Limoges, she doesn't like it and waits to move back to Saintes to continue living; which is a shame, because experience taught me that the more you wait for something the less it happens, I told her so, I hope she will move on in Limoges, then Saintes will come around.

I spoke to my lovely boy Jacques who was 7 yesterday, he is very eloquent now and I am darn proud of him, he also enjoys conversing which new to me. Miss them all very much and I am simply looking forward to my holiday in France to meet Antoine and for Christmas to spend it with all my family.


tweetey30 said...

OK its my turn to say you have had loads going on in the last few weeks. Miss you when you are gone though. I also miss Kitem. I noticed she left a comment on Alex's blog. I already looked at his walk through history. He made it so much more fun than when I was learning it in school. Is that a recent pix of baby? I wasnt sure how to spell it. LOL... To make it easier I will just call him Tony if that is ok with you? He is so cute and so is the other one. I love kids.

The Zombieslayer said...

Lost in Translation's a pretty good movie. I did a "woman's fest" a few months ago where I watched a bunch of films by female directors and Sofia was surprisingly my fave of the lot. One more Penny Marshall film though and I'll put a bullet through the tv.

I kind of have a thing for Sofia too. I like talented women. I think they're sexy.

Badman (another Pretentious Critic) likes Jesus and Mary Chain, but I have yet to hear them.

Hammer said...

Sounds like you are having a great summer.

I love horse racing. That kind of gambling seems to have more to it especially since I can look at the horses beforehand.

I like the polar bear pic. They never look as vicious as they supposedly are in the wild.

Jeannie said...

Your summer has been so much better than mine. Lovely.

Jenny! said...

I have yet to see the movie Lost In Translation, but I really want to see it now, it sounds like a good flick! That is the cutest baby ever!

OneFullHouse said...

What great post. And pictures.

By the way, the berlin picture reference allowed me to jump over to Alex's blog and check it out.

I never knew he was a blogger too? I left a comment there as well...those Berlin shots are great.(I spent one year of highschool in Berlin as an exchange student, so it was nice to see pictures of it again)

Hope you are happy and well,


SME said...

Busy lady! The end of summer is so bittersweet...change is in the air, but it's a cold change. Well, at least in Canada it is.

I'm very impressed with Knut's story! What a trooper. But Knut doesn't look too impressed with anything at all. ;D

I really would like to see Lost in Translation. I like the actors, the director, what I know of the story. It will have to be on my winter viewing list, I think.

Jay said...

Great photos - you're all very cute and photogenic, and it certainly looks like you're having a good time.

Kitem said...

Mon passage prefere c'est quand tu dis que finalement oui, tu aimerais bien etre enceinte, Ouiiiiiiiiiiiiiii j'espere que ca va etre bientot!

Jeannie said...

Hey Helene,
Please let Kitem know that I am having trouble leaving comments. But I am visiting and enjoying her pictures very much.