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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Yesterday Stonecot and I went for a nice little walk (all 11 miles of it, yes).



We saw billowing clouds of the kind that would have made Constable gibber and reach for his paintbox, and pretty little bullocks whose beauty was enhanced greatly by the fact that they were the other side of the fence.





I do not have many photographs owing to a miscalculation about the lifespan of various camera batteries, but halfway along our walk, we came to a very pretty village called Chalfont St Giles.

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This is the sort of village that features in Midsomer Murders.

It is well-kempt. It has an ancient flint church. It an estate agent's (of course). It has trendy boutiques from which to buy ladylike clothing. It has an art gallery. It has at least four pubs, but we were sort of avoiding pubs owing to having five or six miles to walk to get home. We did however fancy a cup of tea. There was one cafe and it was open. So there we were, ensconced outside the cafe in a stiffish breeze. The waitress brought out our tea (coffee for her) and eventually our cakes. Lemon meringue for Wossname, coffee and walnut for me.

My tea was loose leaf tea (none of what Aldebaranian calls mouse on a string) in this place. Real loose leaf tea with a strainer in a little metal cup thingy to stand it in. I was delighted, even in England you don't get this set up too often. I picked up the strainer and started pouring the tea through it, not into the white china cup I'd been given, but into the stand, was was about the size of an eggcup.

I watched myself do this.

Of course, it very quickly started overflowing, straight through the trendy metal basketwork table and on to my leg.

I can report that the tea was boiling hot.

I said something along the lines of 'Aaagh' and pulled my jogging pants away from my leg hurriedly, till the tea had cooled down. Wossname and I looked at each other and tried to find an explanation for why I'd done this and the only one we could find was 'senior moment' so senior moment it is. I actually OWN a teastrainer with stand like the one in the cafe at home, and use it, so it's not as if I mistook its purpose.

At this moment the playful little breeze sent an eddy underneath the laminated plastic menu on the table, flipping it up and sending the mini milkjug that was sitting on it flying and the milk landed on my leg. All of it.

I looked at Stonecot in speechless misery.

What the what? What? What? What had I done to deserve this? I now looked as though I had had a little accident. The fact that the waitress came out and kindly offered me a napkin (I declined) and Stonecot explained to her that it really wasn't my fault only made me even more embarrassed.

I'm pleased to say that the rest of the walk was delightful and we plan to revisit the very beautiful wood we found later on, but there's no way I'm showing my face in that cafe again.

I don't even take milk in my tea, I drink it commando!

PS I wish to make it clear that commando wasn't my solution to the liquid jogging pants problem.
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MONTREAL12 9/8/2013 7:06PM

  Sounds like a great walk spoiled by a little spilled tea; none the less; we appreciate your sharing of a wonderful experience; thank-you emoticon

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SUPERSYLPH 8/5/2013 12:38PM

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CFMOSS 5/16/2013 7:53AM

    You have great pictures even when the battery dies prematurely - really liked the cow picture. And you are funny - glad you were okay.

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NEWME602 5/7/2013 1:18PM

  I am stelathly reading this at work. I am also cackling like an idiot because you are so funny. I am sure it wasn't funny at the time but I commend you for not going full commando.

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KALEWINE 5/5/2013 2:56PM

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KAYYAK1 5/3/2013 12:02PM

  What a great chuckle this AM. You have such a gift for writing! I enjoy all your walks so very much. Thanks so much.

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SHIMMYSHAKER 5/2/2013 11:36PM

    I thought I had that run of luck...ack!! D-:
Glad the rest of the walkwent well for you, though!!

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CJYOUCANDOIT 5/1/2013 11:15AM

    I love your walks-- Spilled tea and all. I am not able to go on walks right now but I love to walk. Thank you for sharing. I hope you did not get all blistered from your spill.
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WOOFGANG 5/1/2013 10:05AM

    I do love your blogs. Your writing is so pleasurable to read and always makes me smile.

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MOMS100 4/30/2013 10:38AM

    I do so love your blogs! Your walk sounds lovely, except for the spilled tea. Sounds just like something I might have done. Ah, yes, the senior moments! emoticon

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LSIG14 4/30/2013 9:01AM

  Your blogs are so delightful. i can't help smiling as I take these picturesque walks with you! I hope the milk cooled down the tea spill and kept it from blistering your leg!


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TPETRIE 4/30/2013 8:39AM

  Thanks for sharing.

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    Love your Blogs, Thks for sharing, emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 4/29/2013 11:18PM

    Yikes! Are you OK today?

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  Thanks for sharing

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WANNABUNNY 4/29/2013 1:14PM

    Great story, thanks for sharing. You are not alone! My last visit to Scotland I went to a cafe and not thinking of the wind took my latte out on the patio. I opened the door and the had all of the froth on top of my coffee hit me in the face. The great part was it was a glass door and everyone was watching the "stupid tourist". Needless to say I was to embarrassed to take my cup back inside.

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PATTISTAMPS 4/29/2013 1:12PM

    ROFL... Commando, Indeed!!! You are SO funny! I love that you find the humor in most everything, even spills! Glad your foot is so much better and you are walking well again!

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BMCKEOW1 4/29/2013 12:15PM

    Love the pictures. Oh you poor thing spilling on yourself, we've all been there. It's usually something silly like that too. Least you still had a good time and didn't let it get you down.

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DMLADKINS 4/29/2013 11:34AM

    what a shame you spilt your tea, OUCH! But fabulous blog!

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I have done such things but usually in the privacy of my home with no visitors...
Senior moment, yep!
Let's just say it keeps life interesting.

and here I was looking forward to a lovely long ramble in Chalfont St. Giles which I actually visited when in the UK in 2008. My cousins live not too far away in Chorleywood.

Better luck next time! (double bummer, it was the really nice tea that got spilled...)

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    Good blog!

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HLOCHRIDGE 4/29/2013 9:16AM

    Great blog!

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TWILAQ1 4/29/2013 8:44AM

    I hope the burn from the tea wasn't too bad.

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LEANMEAN2 4/29/2013 8:06AM

    Love it.

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JENNAAW 4/29/2013 6:42AM

    Wonderful blog; if you have any tips regarding how you got fit enough to walk 11 miles I am all ears!

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BENTOGYRL 4/29/2013 2:12AM

    You always make me laugh, thank you!

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BANNERMAN 4/29/2013 12:51AM

  Thanks for sharing your funny,adventuresome afternoon.
I just worked in the yard and fed my roses .

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PROSPERME 4/29/2013 12:41AM

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SUGAR0814 4/28/2013 11:56PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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FLEMIDG 4/28/2013 11:20PM

    Wow, congratulations on getting in an 11-mile walk. Sorry about your accident with the tea, hope you didn't get burned too badly.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 4/28/2013 11:07PM

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PROVERBS31JULIA 4/28/2013 11:06PM

    Oh Chantal!! You are a scream!! So delightful and just the yang or yin I need for my emotionally trying day today!!

Thanks for cheering me up despite your misery... I think I would much prefer boiling tea and commando milk than a screaming family match as I've had...

Cheers!!

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LINDAM.1 4/28/2013 10:31PM

  Thank you for the chuckle

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PHEBESS 4/28/2013 10:27PM

    OMG, that is too funny about the tea!!!!! It sounds like my DH eating, no matter what it is it ends up on his shirt!

They have those little tea strainer things here in Australia - there was one, though, that swivelled somehow and kept putting the loose tea into my cup!

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Thanks for a chuckle today!!

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    oh my goodness!!

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PATRICIAANN46 4/28/2013 8:52PM

  I wish that you didn't live "Across The Pond".............it would be so much fun to go on one of your walks............and I would fit right in as I have several Senior Moments/day!!! Thanks for the entertaining blog........ emoticon

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LAURIETAIT 4/28/2013 7:59PM

    I'd wish you a uneventful but delightful walk but then the blogs wouldn't be nearly as entertaining. You are not alone by the way... I have seniors moments daily!

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