Another two weeks off?
Yes, I'm at home again and sharing a computer with the missus. Which means that when one of us is inspired to post something, the other is hogging the limelight.
I also feel really guilty that I didn't sort out our internet connection earlier. When Orange took over Wanadoo, the first thing that happened was they made our download speed much quicker. We couldn't work out why our connection kept disconnecting, and the voice on the phone helpline just understood that some of us were having problems but not to worry because everything will be sorted out soon.
Last week I'd had enough and got through to a human being who said our modem wasn't up to the job of handling the new speed. So we are waiting for our new livebox. And swearing out loud like Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral every time we are disconnected. Which is about every 3 minutes at the moment.
Today it is dreary and overcast. Yesterday was beautiful.
Yesterday we went to Deal. Apologies to Mig as I know I promised you more pictures of the Deal Fish Statue but we didn't go near it. We will next summer, cross my heart.
We parked as usual in the Deal Castle Car Park (a green field). We walked for an hour along the coastal path to Walmer. We walked back. There were lots of pensioners on bicycles riding in the cycle lane. A few mothers with young children. And an abundance of all sorts of variety of dog and owner, excepting the hard sort we get at home.
After spending an hour and a half on the beach, reading and sleeping, I fancied a cup of tea to perk me up for the drive home. They serve hot drinks in the gift shop of Deal Castle.
"Can I help you? Would you like a cup of coffee?"
"Er, tea, please."
The pleasant woman goes to the vending machine and makes me a cup of tea.
"Seventy pence, please. The tea whitener is here."
"Have you got a toilet by any chance?"
"We have but we usually only allow people who are visiting the castle to use the toilet."
"But since you bought a coffee, it's straight through that door and to the left."
I leave Betty to a long embarrassing silence, legs crossed, with my brewing tea for company.
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