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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.

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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NEWTINK 4/28/2013 9:46AM

    You make things seem so funny even when they are not lol .. glad the rest of walk went well emoticon

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CATE195 4/28/2013 9:40AM

    I hate when that happens... emoticon

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MKIRKLE 4/28/2013 9:17AM

  What an absolutely delightful blog!

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DEBSPOND 4/28/2013 9:03AM

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GAILRUU 4/28/2013 8:31AM

    Lovely! I enjoyed your walk even though I was not there with you.

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SHANNONY84 4/28/2013 8:29AM

    absolutely beautiful! Enjoy it there... It is so pretty! And congrats on the 11 miles!

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JIMDAB 4/28/2013 8:15AM

    beautiful pics

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LEANMEAN2 4/28/2013 8:05AM

    It is so nice to go hiking with you again. So sorry about the spills, but with your good sense of humor, you can handle just about anything.

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REGILIEH 4/28/2013 8:00AM

    I Laughed and Laughed until I cried and cried! You are so funny and I could just picture it all as it was happening! emoticon emoticon emoticon for so much laughter! You are so talented in your humor and your writing! emoticon emoticon for adding so much fun to my life!

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WATERDIAMONDS 4/28/2013 7:58AM

    You make me laugh and you make me see your country, and I love both!

Well done.

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SCHOPPEK 4/28/2013 7:57AM

    Love your blog and the pictures!

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    Great blog! Your descriptions were great and the tea "incident" brought a smile to my face.

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BESSHAILE 4/28/2013 7:54AM

    Oh Oh Oh! 10 years ago I was in Chalfont St. Giles!! Sigh. thank you for the link!

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CHERYLHURT 4/28/2013 7:29AM

  Nice walk! Wish I had been with you!

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LIFETIMER54 4/28/2013 7:29AM

  emoticon blog emoticon for sharing... emoticon

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MARGARITTM 4/28/2013 7:24AM

    Nice Blog will steal your tea a la commando ! too funny

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SANDYCRANE 4/28/2013 7:20AM

    You are too funny. I love your descriptive writing.

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THEIS58 4/28/2013 7:06AM

    Just great

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TINA_L 4/28/2013 6:58AM

    Really nice post... Great blog, I like it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYB19 4/28/2013 6:58AM

    Thank you for sharing your wild adventure! The best laughs I have are at myself. Glad you didn't go commando - the waitress would probably have remembered that longer than 'just another messy customer'. LOL! She's probably had more than her share of those :P

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WALKINGCHICK 4/28/2013 6:54AM

    Another entertaining story! I can imagine you and Stonecot rambling through the countryside (rather like a 'Miss Read' story) and that encourages me to get out there and enjoy a similar experience.
And btw, this kind of accident happens to me ALL the time - in fact, most of my friends try to keep me away from liquids these days!

Have a fantastic Sunday, and thanks again for sharing.

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PENOWOK 4/28/2013 6:50AM

    I used to own a tea strainer some time ago (30+ years maybe). You have a knack for making things funny! Give it a little time and your incident will be forgotten. You are the walkers!!

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LORLORC 4/28/2013 6:45AM

    Absolutely hilarious! Please don't ever stop writing these wonderful blogs in typically English humour.

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MILLEDGE2 4/28/2013 6:44AM

    I love following your adventures on Sparkpeople! You keep me smiling, half a world away! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 4/28/2013 6:29AM

    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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NCSUE0514 4/28/2013 5:35AM

    We always enjoy walking with you. Next time, hope you carry spare batteries & a slicker!

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OWL_20 4/28/2013 4:51AM

    I laughed at the 'mouse on a string' analogy. Being from the US, I probably wouldn't know a tea strainer if I saw one and more's the pity because it sounds like a perfectly relaxing way to spend a few minutes. Except for the spillage--hopefully no burns were incurred. Beautiful pictures and you had a wonderful walk! P.S. I've had a few senior moments, but yours is a lot more comical ;-).

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EOWYN2424 4/28/2013 4:26AM

    Awwww! Come on! Don't be so hard on yourself!!!!

go back to that cafe if you like it so much!!!!

I'm sure the waitress won't even remember the milk and tea accident!!!!

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GOANNA2 4/28/2013 4:07AM

    My goodness - 11 miles is a little walk? Good for
you. I am still chuckling at the image of the milk
landing on your leg. I love loose tea leaves. One
of my friends spent 20 years in England and when
I visit, we have loose leaf Earl Grey, my favourite.
Tahnk you for the lovely photos. emoticon

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TEMPENATIVE 4/28/2013 2:58AM

    sounds like a lovely little walk, tho I cant remember the last time I walked for 11 mi. Dont think Id make it too well. what of the PF? I imagine its has subsided to make that trek! the tea incident sound aweful-i find myself doing that sort of thing already and im not middle aged yet what the what? like watching myself doing a thing that is rightly absurd and not being able to stop til its too late.

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KIMYNAN 4/28/2013 2:30AM

    I had to laugh at your "little walk" as i ask my mom if she wants to go for a "little walk" and she always ask what is small since i love 6+ mile walks..

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ILOVEMALI 4/28/2013 2:13AM

    loved your walk!

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MARYJEANSL 4/28/2013 1:16AM

  I would not call 11 miles a 'little' walk. No, indeed. As for the spill, well, the last time I had such an experience, it was an entire mug of boiling (literally) hot tea, which caused second degree burns on my leg because the pants I was wearing stuck to the leg and I couldn't get them off quickly enough. :-( Such memories.

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COCK-ROBIN 4/27/2013 11:29PM

    Wow, a great walk!

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L1ZB3TH354 4/27/2013 10:33PM

    Ahhh, senior moments! I get a few of those too! 11 miles! Wow!!! You are awesome, how is your foot feeling?

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DESERTJULZ 4/27/2013 10:23PM

    Well, we all spill something now and again. I'm sure they see spills every day and won't even remember you did so.

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EABL81 4/27/2013 10:20PM

    Great pictures!

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USHARA 4/27/2013 9:57PM

    I live in Canada now, and have done for many years, but I remember clearly all the lovely walks that are available in England. The public walkways through the woods and countryside - ah - I truly miss them, and the countryside itself. Those little villages are like paintings.

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JUNEAU2010 4/27/2013 9:22PM

    I hope you did not get burned. I've done similar things, but without the class of a tea setup.

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ANYVAR54 4/27/2013 9:11PM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. They were beautiful. glad you also had such a lovely walk.

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    You mean to say that I am not alone in th:
what possessed me?
how'd that happen?
You've got to be kidding, I what?

Thanks for sharing your world with us!!

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LINDAKAY228 4/27/2013 8:34PM

    I'm so glad you got to get out and get a nice long beautiful walk. I love the pics you were able to take. So sorry about the incident with the tea and milk! I've definitely had moments like that before! Glad you can laugh about it though. You always make your stories so interesting!

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IAMTOLOSE 4/27/2013 8:30PM

    Some days are just that way! Glad you can laugh about it as the scenery sounds wonderful even if you did get a lap full of tea!

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KIPPER15 4/27/2013 8:15PM

    Thank you again for taking me along on you lovely walk. Great pictures, loved the bullocks. They are alway curious about people they don't know.

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LYNCHD05 4/27/2013 8:08PM

    You make us feel like we are there with you. You definitely have the knack to tell a story. Another enjoyable blog.

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