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‘Men can be challenging. But we will have each other, my dear, whatever happens.’

Finally I'm back writing, after the excursions and excitements of the last few weeks. 1120 new words today. Aude is beginning to discover that her ex-fiance's mother is not quite sane, and Jehan is being strangely remote.

That puts me on... let me go and count... 19,744 words, which is behind, but I still have some time available.

High winds have brought down one of the local rowan trees, which is a shame. That particular one seemed to be ailing -- it was less leafy and less happy than the others, but all the same, I mourn it. The beeches and other rowans, plane trees and purple-sprouting broccoli trees1 are all fine, thankfully, as are our garden trees (one snowy mespil, one apple, one weeping cherry, two greengage and a small damson).

And I have done Official stuff for ye agent, and tried and failed to fit a new wiper blade to the car (mutters darkly about designs that require strong fingers) and done laundry, and read for next week's Milford workshop and all and all been fairly virtuous today. It's cool and crisp, I can see leaves and bright rowan berries from my window, the cats are behaving, the marquis is over his cold and life is feeling pretty good.

Skirt of the day: denim. I have to go and attend to Caro winolj's rather, um, excitable, cat Ramses soon, and I need barriers against his (in)famous teeth and claws.

1 They're narrow leaved ash trees. But before we found that out, we called them the p-s b trees, and it's stuck. And really, in their autumn foliage, that's what they look like.

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mevennen
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)

‘Men can be challenging. But we will have each other, my dear, whatever happens.’

Eek! Is that the almost mother in law? If so, EEK.
la_marquise_de_
Sep. 12th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
That's her. She's barking.
dorispossum
Sep. 12th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
Good luck with Ramses. I know you'll need it...
bugshaw
Sep. 12th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
Seconded! You are very brave.
la_marquise_de_
Sep. 12th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
He was very good, in fact. Mind you, that might be because I bribed him with fresh catnip.
dorispossum
Sep. 13th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
glad it worked - though thought catnip made pusscats hyper excited? could get v scary with Ramses...
la_marquise_de_
Sep. 13th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
It kept him distracted while I did things. And Thorfinn was hilarious -- lots of sniffing, rolling and paw-paddling.
queenoftheskies
Sep. 12th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
Awesome word progress!

You know, I think wiper blades are one of the most difficult things to put on a car.
la_marquise_de_
Sep. 12th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
They are so hard to fit!
desperance
Sep. 12th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Mmm, greengages.

Also, is a denim skirt enough, when faced with Ramses? That Marquis has a whole forge at his disposal; surely he can run you up something more resistant...?

*pictures a Marquise in chainmail, sallying forth*
la_marquise_de_
Sep. 12th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
Now there's a thought. He has a mailshirt, as you know, but so far we lack the leggings.
I bribed R with catnip, and he was good. Hissy, but he accepted his medicine and didn't claw or bite.
anna_wing
Sep. 14th, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC)
I saw a rather splendid production of "Gotterdammerung" once in which Brunnhild had, not just the standard-issue breastplate, but a full-length mail skirt as well. Basically an armoured riding-habit, which was of course very appropriate.
shewhomust
Sep. 12th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
I'm fixating on your trees - but what's a snowy mespil?
la_marquise_de_
Sep. 12th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
It looks like this (not my photo, so many thanks to whoever took it and put it up to be admired): http://www.flickr.com/photos/14230388@N03/4547275739/
Also called a Juneberry, I think.
shewhomust
Sep. 13th, 2011 10:30 am (UTC)
Oh, very pretty! Thank you.
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