It has been an interesting couple of weeks. Our weather has been all over the place – some days it is freezing and others it has been quite mild. We have however had a fair bit of sunshine which when it is cold is lovely. It has meant the digging out of the gloves and on a couple of occasions a hat – especially when walking the dog. However this week we are back to the mild days and no hat required especially when the sun is out.
However on Wednesday evening I caught a flight and now I’m in the wonderful county of Buckinghamshire. Yep I’m back in the UK! I had a client Christmas dinner to attend on Thursday night. It was lovely as it was the first time I had met everyone face-to-face. The joy of the internet, I can see people, speak with them, organise their diary but not have actually met them. It was a great night – good food, good wine and interesting conversation – along with the usual bad cracker jokes, raucous behaviour, laughter and cocktails.
It also means that I get to stay with my in-laws and catch-up with them which is really nice in the lead up to the holidays. I’m also catching up later today with friends in London for a Christmas lunch so looking forward to it. I fly back home tomorrow, along with one of Pat’s friends from his university days.
As a treat to myself I got my nails done before I came away. But I originally decided that perhaps I would go for a manicure once I arrived in the UK. While looking for a beauty salon I came across gel nail polish. I’m not sure how I had missed this over the past few years, but I had. I found out my local beauty salon actually uses the gel nail polish – so I opted for them before I travelled. I’m amazed at my sparkly nail polish. The colour is fantastic but as I type this blog, 5 days after having my nails painted, they still look fantastic. Not a chip in sight and I usually chip them within a day. I’m amazed. How I missed this nail polish before I don’t know, but really, really impressed with it.
As an interesting aside – I figured the word manicure came from French as main is hand in French – well I was partly correct, it is from latin via the French language manus (hand) – which is the root word for the French and cura (care) (http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=manicure)
I found this fascinating :-).
So on that note I wish you a lovely run-up to the holidays, I will see you in two weeks (on boxing day) and
Remember Pats blog next week – http://patblog.patbell.co.uk
PS. Don’t forget – Pat’s photo from the competition he has been shortlisted in, is now up on the web, have a look at this site – http://votreterritoire-photos.picnpin.com/patrimoine
Pat’s is the photo entitled 27 – Galerie d’Hercules, Château de Rochechouart (it is of an amazing fresco and a modern installation of white rocks!). To vote for the picture – click on the photo to get a larger image, then just click the thumbs up icon at the top right of the photo to vote for it. There are 2 other categories (albums) if you want to look at the other photos from our area – just click on the world “album” on the right had side of the screen and the list (3 categories, patrimonie (heritage), paysage (countryside) & Scènes de vie (scenes of life) ).