off on me hols

I'm going to neither
Camber Sands nor Bangor -
I'm off to. . .
.
La Belle France!
(quelle surprise)
.
.
if you'd like a postcard
(or three or four) (or more!)
from me hols,
please send your snail mail address to:
..

..
if you think I already have your address, I don't...
.
if you're worried I'm going to turn up
on your doorstep,
I'm not...
.
if you think I'm going to send you something
rude or horrible,
I won't...

.. if you have no interest in receiving a postcard,
bon vacances mes ami(e)s and
I'll be in touch on my return!
. .
(not literally, sorry vicus)

.

:-)

76 comments:

katherine. said...

this is kinda exciting...I do not believe I have ever received a postcard from France....

J'espère que vous avez un merveilleux moment.

sourire

<----totally pleased with little self.

Vicus Scurra said...

I want to be touched.

I, like the view said...

somehow I knew you would

mig bardsley said...

But why aren't you going to turn up on my doorstep? Please do :)

Have a lovely time :)
xxx

moreidlethoughts said...

Ooh! Ves vacances en la belle France! Quel ab-fab!

I echo Katherine.
Bon voyage, cherie!

Mel said...

Oh, now....you know we'll be singin' and thinking of ya!

Well, I will be anyway.
And I'll miss you--shoot..already am!

Mel said...

Oh!

And dearheart--you're welcome at my doorstep anytime, day or night!

Just sayin'.....

Malc said...

Excellent! Have a terrific time!

Dave said...

Have a lovely time. I expect I'll have moved before you get back.

Mel said...

(((((((((( ILTV ))))))))))))

G'morning...and safe journey!

KAZ said...

So glad you're going to the place you love.
Be well and happy.
XX

Anonymous G said...

Am I too late to wish you a happy and safe and fun and relaxing and surprising and delightful and a filled-with-good-things-that-make-you-come-back-feeling-even-better adventure?

Well? Hope it's all that!

:-)

My calendar that hangs in the kitchen has images of France for each month. It's a fantasy of mine to visit someday. (note:"fantasy")

Bon Voyage and ta ta for now!

Mel said...

<--humming to Rascal Flatts this morning (in case you were wondering)

Anonymous G said...

Okay, Mel. Now I'M humming Rascal Flatts.

...Prayin' for Daylight...

Not sure why, but that's the first one that came to mind!

Thanks for the cue :-)

Steg said...

Quiet here isn't it?

Mel said...

*sigh*
Horribly quiet.

No worries--lots of pots and pans to bang on! :-)

Steg said...

We need songs, Mel. If someone doesn't burst into song here, I shall do so myself!

fathorse said...

DId someone say 'burst into song'? Lets make this a musical. I'll do dance moves and everything.

My day in the hills
Has come to an end, I know.
A star has come out
To tell me it's time to go.
But deep in the dark green shadows,
There are voices that urge me to stay.
So I pause and I wait and I listen,
For one more sound,
For one more lovely thing
That the hills might say!
The hills are alive
With the sound of music,
With songs they have sung,
For a thousand years.
The hills fill my heart,
With the sound of music.
My heart wants to sing every song it hears.
My heart wants to beat like the wings
Of the birds that rise from the lake
To the trees.
My heart wants to sigh
Like a chime that flies
From a church on a breeze,
To laugh like a brook when it trips and falls
Over stones on its way
To sing through the night,
Like a lark who is learning to pray.
I go to the hills
When my heart is lonely.
I know I will hear
What I heard before.
My heart will be blessed
With the sound of music
And I'll sing once more.

Mel said...

:-)

Did you twirl around with your arms opened?

And here I was singin':

By the light....of the silvery moon....

(only cuz there's a meteor shower tomorrow morning that I'm well and truly looking forward to--please no clouds!)

Mel said...

k....opting to follow suit and get on the same page!

*aheemmmm!!!!!*

Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Every morning you greet me
Small and white, clean and bright
You look happy to meet me.....

Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow.....
Bloom and grow forever

Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Bless my homeland forever

<--(used to sing that to kiddos at nite nite time!)

katherine. said...

just seeing if your are posting while on holiday...

Anonymous G said...

here's one I used to sing to my kids at night...

Now it's time to say good night
Good night Sleep tight
Now the sun turns out his light
Good night Sleep tight
Dream sweet dreams for me
Dream sweet dreams for you.

Close your eyes and I'll close mine
Good night Sleep tight
Now the moon begins to shine
Good night Sleep tight
Dream sweet dreams for me
Dream sweet dreams for you.

Good night Good night Everybody
Everybody everywhere
Good night.

KAZ said...

I voted for you to blog from afar.

We won?

Where are you?

Mel said...

Awwwww.....what a lovely song AnonG!

*happy sigh*
I could get tucked in to that song.

Whadda the odds himself would do that for me? LOL

Can you say NIL?

Mel said...

Okay, I admit it. I miss ya.

And I went from AnonG's tune to:

Sleep my child and peace attend thee,
All through the night
Guardian angels God will send thee,
All through the night;
Soft the drowsy hours are creeping,
Hill and vale in slumber sleeping,
I my loved ones' watch am keeping,
All through the night.


And then RIGHT smack dab into Cyndi Lauper. LOL

All through the night
I'll be awake and I'll be with you
All through the night
This precious time when time is new
Oh, all through the night today
Knowing that we feel the same without saying

We have no past we won't reach back
Keep with me forward all through the night
And once we start the meter clicks
And it goes running all through the night
Until it ends there is no end

All through the night
stray cat is crying so stray cat sings back
All through the night
They have forgotten what by day they lack
Oh under those white street lamps
There is a little chance they may see

We have no past we won't reach back
Keep with me forward all through the night
And once we start the meter clicks
And it goes running all through the night
Until it ends there is no end

Oh the sleep in your eyes is enough
Let me be there let me stay there awhile

We have no past we won't reach back
Keep with me forward all through the night
And once we start the meter clicks
And it goes running all through the night
Until it ends there is no end
Keep with me forward all through the night
And once we start the meter clicks
And it goes running all through the night
Until it ends there is no end

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgtpsdHPgas&feature=related

:-)
It's not my fault. LOL

mig bardsley said...

Just checking in in case - after all blogging from afar did win the vote by lots! :)
Oh well, there are some great songs waiting for when you come back.
*waving at everyone*

Miss you.

Mel said...

Later than I want it to be on a Wednesday night--but still felt the need to check in.

<--has now officially checked in!

I do hope you're having an awesome time of it on your holiday!

Anonymous G said...

Remember this one from the Bee Gees?

Ooh you're a holiday, such a holiday
Ooh you're a holiday, such a holiday

It's something I thinks worthwhile
If the puppet makes you smile
If not then you're throwing stones
Throwing stones, throwing stones

Ooh it's a funny game
Don't believe that it's all the same
Can't think what I've just said
Put the soft pillow on my head

Millions of eys can see
Yet why am I so blind
When the someone else is me
It's unkind, it's unkind

de de de de de de de de de de de de de
de de de de de de de de de de de de de

Yet millions of eyes can see
Yet why am I so blind
When the someone else is me
It's unkind, it's unkind

Ooh you're a holiday, ev'ry day, such a holiday
Now it's my turn to say, and I say you're a holiday
It's something I thinks worthwhile
If the puppet makes you smile
If now then you're throwing stones
Throwing stones, throwing stones

de de de de de de de de de de de de de de


Oh, oh...this one might get stuck in your head!!

Hope you're enjoying YOUR holiday!
:-)

Mel said...

k.......It was the 'de de de de de de......de de de de de.....de de' that did it! LOL

*humming*

Bee Gee's no less! :-D

fathorse said...

My mum used to sing this to me when she tucked me in as a youngling:

Down the way, where the nights are gay
And the sun shines daily on the mountain top
I took a trip on a sailing ship
And when I reached Jamaica
I made a stop.
But I'm, sad to say I'm on my way
Won't be back for many a day
My heart is down, my head is spinning around
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town.
Sounds of laughter, everywhere
And the dancing girls swing to and fro
I must declare my heart is there
Though I've been from Maine to Mexico.
But I'm, sad to say I'm on my way
Won't be back for many a day
My heart is down, my head is spinning around
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town.
Down at the market, you can hear
Ladies cry out while on their heads they bear
`Akey' rice, salt fish are nice
And the rum is good any time of year
But I'm sad to say I'm on my way
Won't be back for many a day
My heart is down, my head is spinning around
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town
But I'm sad to say I'm on my way
Won't be back for many a day
My heart is down, my head is spinning around
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town...

I have absolutely no bloody idea why. but I was reminded of it in first year because the caribbean gospel-singing cleaners at my halls used to sing it as they hoovered...

katherine. said...

la
la
la

<-----not much of a singer...

Mel said...

LOL @ katherine

Hummm along, tap in time, dance in your chair--knowing the words OR carrying a tune isn't required.
(thank goodness.....LOL)


Gosh, fathorse....LOL.....now ya got me doing the Banana Boat Song.

Day-o!
Dayyy-o!
Daylight come and me wanna go home....

Mel said...

<--has been touched by a postcard

:-)

And darn if it wasn't a wonderful addition to the day.....

(((((((( iltv )))))))))))

Himself was 'chuffed', btw!

*HUGE hugs and peacefilled thoughts*

You're somethin' else--ya know that?

Mel said...

Work all night on a drink of rum
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Stack banana till de morning come
Daylight come and me wan' go home

Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home

Lift six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
Daylight come and me wan' go home

Day, me say day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day
Daylight come and me wan' go home

Beautiful bunch of ripe banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Hide the deadly black tarantula
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Lift six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Six foot, seven foot, eight foot bunch
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day, me say day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day
Daylight come and me wan' go home

Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Come, Mister tally man, tally me banana
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day-o, day-ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home
Day, me say day, me say day, me say day....ay-ay-o
Daylight come and me wan' go home


<--AM touched!
(not talking by Harry Belafonte's song, either...LOL)

Anonymous G said...

Mel got a postcard!!!

mmmm sh'bop sh'bop

Mel got a postcard!!!

lalalalallalalaaa

doo wop doo wop

Mel got a postcard!!!


~words and lyrics by Anonymous G

:-)

Mel said...

Send me a postcard, drop me a line
Stating point of view
Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely, wasting away
Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine for evermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I'm sixty-four?


:-)

<--stuff like this just happens yaknow.....

Mel said...

Ohhhhhhh....

Mares eat oats and does eat oats
And little lambs eat ivy.....

k.....where that came from, I don't have a clue.
But I got another posty card and I know that came from France!

:-)
<--getting smarter as the night goes on! LOL

You really are a special something else.

(((((((((((( ILTV )))))))))))))

BOY are you being missed around these parts!!!
Bunches and whole lotsa!

k....rambling!!!!

(go figure!)

Mel said...

Ummm.......

P.S. Don't mind me. By now you KNOW this is 'normal' for the alien!

Anonymous G said...

a kid'll eat ivy too
wouldn't you?

(Hope ILTV is enjoying her Holiday)

(She has lots of friends awaiting her return)

(Obedient friends. Singing in her absence, just like she asked...)

Sing, sing a song
Sing out loud
Sing out strong
Sing of good things not bad
Sing of happy not sad

sing, sing a song
Make it simple to last
Your whole life long
Don’t worry that it’s not
Good enough for anyone
Else to hear
Just sing, sing a song
La la la la la

La la la la la la...

Just Sing, sing a song

Mel said...

:-)

Good morning!

*happy sigh*
Ya know, there's still an abundance of warmth that happens just from showing up here.....

Was gonna burst out in a good morning song and then Anon G got me with her la la's. LOL

Then S&G happened....



Here is my song for the asking
Ask me and I will play
So sweetly, Ill make you smile

This is my tune for the taking
Take it, dont turn away
Ive been waiting all my life

Thinking it over, Ive been sad
Thinking it over, Id be more than glad
To change my ways for the asking

Ask me and I will ply
All the love that I hold inside



:-)
And THEN it moved straight into--
Oh g'head and guess. LOL

Are ya home yet?
Are ya home yet?!

((((((((((( ILTV ))))))))))))

:-)

Anonymous G said...

LOVE that song by S&G, Mel. Good choice. I think I'll give it a listen.

BUT...

Guess what?????

I got postcards! From France!!

:-)

Thank you! Thank you! Thank You!!!You made my day!

(((((ILTV)))))

I got postcards from France!

Mel said...

She got postcards! She got postcards!

Wooooohooooooooo!!!!!!!

*doing happy dance*
Ain't it cool?!


It's nearing midnight (very long day at the worksite....)and I arrived home to smiles and hugs and FEETS on the coffee table. No bills arrived in the mail today--postcards did! :-)

I'm feeling 'specially special!
FEETS stickers and suns and birdies and stars stickers too....and critters.

And I know 'xactly where she is! Between the sheepie and duckie!
:-)

NOW we know why Mel was singin' about mares and does and lambies!
*nodding*
Serendipity... ;-)

Mel said...

Is she home yet?
Is she home yet?




Home where my thoughts escaping
Home where my music's playing
Home where my love lies waiting
Silently for me.....

Rimshot said...

*sniffle*

I miss The View.

Mel said...

((((((( rim )))))))))

Pretty darn sure she misses the whole lot of us--wild guess!

(((((((((( rim ))))))))))

Take two....cuz.....

And just cuz it was stuck in my head today:




I'll be seeing you in all the old familiar places
That this heart of mine embraces
All day through....

In that small cafe...
The park along the way
The childrens' carousel
The chestnut trees...
The wishingwell...

I'll be seeing you in every lovely summer's day
In everything that's light and gay
I'll always think of you that way
I'll see you, in the morning sun.....
And when the night is new....

I'll be looking at the moon.....
But I'll be seeing you....

Mel said...

<--a bit sentimental

(don't tell! LOL)

Gosh....missed whole bunches--and BY whole bunches, too!

Mel said...

<--having coffee and checking in!


Oh, and listening to a DVD himself handed off to me yesterday.

Jack DeJohnette "Peace Time"


Very nice for a fuzzy Thursday morning, I might add.

mig bardsley said...

Oh, I got post cards too! Such a total delight!
But fourteen days! Surely it must be nearly time for her to be back?
Postcards are great and wonderful (and so lovingly chosen and enveloped) but not a substitute for herself :)

Rimshot said...

Amen.

Mel said...

Amen to the amen!

Zactly.

*drumming fingers and sighing*

Are ya home yet?
Are ya home yet?

(nice to see you, shot....been wondering when you'd check in..)

Are ya HOME yet?!
Please?

Donnnnn said...

Hey You
Here's my Summer Song for '08
check it out here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyOiz8vUB2c

Hey you surround me
like a blanket in my bed
The look in your eyes has stayed inside me
In my head
Outside its snowing
its odd for this time of year
Your light through the darkness
Getting smaller oh I fear

[Chorus]
Love love pulled us down in the gutter
Can you see us getting out oh i wonder
It's a long long lonely fight down inside me
Can I get you to bring back light or is this never again

:)
xx oo

Steg said...

It does seem like a certain lady of our acquaintance has been a long time gone.....

"I was lost in France
In the fields the birds were singing
I was lost in France
And the day was just beginning
As I stood there in the morning rain
I had a feeling I can't explain
I was lost in France in love.

I was lost in France
In the street a band was playing
And the crowd all danced
Didn't catch what they were saying
When I looked up he was standing there
I knew I shouldn't but didn't care
I was lost in France in love

Oo la la la oo la la la dance
Oo la la la dancing

I was lost in France
And the vines were overflowing
I was lost in France
And a million stars were glowing
And I looked round for a telephone
To say
Baby I won't be home
I was lost in France in love.

Oo lalala oo la la la dance
Oo la la la oo la la la dancing"

Bonnie Tyler - Lost in France

Mel said...

Yup......*drumming fingers*

You can come back now?
Please?

*sigh*

And did someone say dance?




Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared beneath the stars above
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have known you'd ever say goodbye
And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd of had to miss the dance
Holding you I held everything
For a moment wasn't I the king
But if I'd only known how the king would fall
Hey who's to say you know I might have changed it all
And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd of had to miss the dance
Yes my life is better left to chance
I could have missed the pain but I'd of had to miss the dance


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6E9Q_GVx3k&feature=related

mig bardsley said...

It's taking a long time to get to the bottom of this.
But it seems to add up to a simple thing!
WE MISS YOU!!!!!

Don't do songs much but how about

PAH PAH PAH POM!
!
Pah Pah Pah POM!
!
tatatataa tatatataa tatatataaaa!
dadadadaa dadadadaa dadadadaaaa !!
Dadada Daaah Dum!
Dadada Daaah Dum!
Dadada POM POM POM!!!!!

I'm sure you'll recognise that :)

Rimshot said...

I wanna play too!

Mahna mahna
(ba dee bedebe)
mahna mahna
(ba debe dee)
mahna mahna
(ba dee bedebe badebe badebe dee dee de-de de-de-de)

(repeats)

mah mama na mahna mah namwomp mwomp
ma mo mo mana mo
mahna mahna
(ba dee bedebe)
mahna mahna
(ba debe dee)
Mahna Mahna!
(ba dee bedebe bedebe badebe debe de-de de-de-de)

(long pause)

...mahna mahna?

Mel said...

Ummmmm......

k.....I wanna try!
*ahhheeemmmm*

da da da da da da da da dum
da da dum
da da dum

da da da da da da da da dum
da da dum
da da dum

da da da daaaaa da da da dum
da da da daaaaa dummmm

da da da da da da da da dummm
da da dummmmm
da da dummmmm

:-)

I think. LOL

I COULD be wrong!
:-D

Not wrong about missin' ya though....

Allie Allie oxen free!!!!!!!

Mel said...

<---beboppin' to shot's tune

Mahna mahna!
(ba dee bedebe)
Mahna mahna!
(ba debe dee)
Mahna mahna!
(ba dee bedebe badebe badebe dee dee de-de de-de-de)

:-)

Anonymous G said...

Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself
Far, a long long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow sew
Tea, I drink with jam and bread
That will bring us back to do...oh oh oh..........


(mel started it!)
:-)

Rimshot said...

*ahem* La la la la *ahem* LAAAAAAA!!
DO...the stuff that buys me beer
RAY...the guy that sells me beer
ME...the guy who drinks the beer
FAR...a long way to get beer
SO...I'll have another beer
LA...I'll have another beer
TEA...no thanks, I'm drinking beer
That will bring us back to...
(Looks into an empty glass)
D'OH!

Mel said...

LOL Oh, I so needed this diversion this morning!!!!





Ohhhhhhh.......

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with string
These are a few of my favourite things....

Cream coloured ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleighbells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild gees that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favourite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favourite things.....

When the dogs bite, when the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad....
I simply remember my favourite things
And then I don't feel...so bad.


<--now going to sit on patio (one of my favourite things!)

Mel said...

<--taking a cuppa coffee and brewing suntea, too!

HA!

:-D

I, like the view said...

I do love you guys so. . .

but I think you know that?

hope you do!

XXX

Mel said...

:-)

Allie Allie oxen!

(((((((((( ILTV ))))))))))))

You're home!
You're home!

It would be a grave understatement to simply say 'gosh, I'm so glad to see you'.

It's WAY bigger than that.
But I'm thinkin' ya know that....

*HUGE hugs and lotsa love your way, dearheart*

Steg said...

She's back!

*dumb grin & big hug*

Damn, it's good to see you.Now, tell us all about it.....

I, like the view said...

all about it. .

??

!!

XX


mel I am; I do know (as do you); and I'm very glad to be connected again, dearheart of mine

Steg said...

I wondered why that Bonnie Tyler song popped into my head.

Ok then, maybe not all about it.....;-)

I, like the view said...

I did get a little lost for a while

:-(

and, curiously, what I found, was that I am single. . .

. . .I mean, I knew I was, intellectually

but I found out emotionally that I am alone

alone, but not without friends, dear steg

what would you like to know about

??

!!

XX

hugs

Steg said...

I'd like to know that our wishes came true and you had a fabulous holiday...is that the case?

I, like the view said...

. . .well, the sun shone almost as often as the rain rained

. . .grey skies were usually followed by blue

. . .I missed the Perseid meteor shower (I went to bed early on the wrong nights) but I did see lots of constellations when it was clear and I was up late

. . .I was serenaded by a man with a guitar (he was mucho impressed when I asked if he was George Brassens)

. . .my daughter slept one night in my arms

. . .I sang Pierre Bachelet's "Elle Est d'Ailleurs" at one of my favourite restaurant's karaoke evenings (and the DJ compere added - in French - that "for an English girl" I'd given a fairly good rendition)("girl" !!!!) because my children wanted to hear me sing but The Teen begged me NOT to resort to Abba or The Beatles

. . .I got home (well, back to XCH's Tower) safely

. . .and you'll have to wait for the rest

XX

I, like the view said...

(oh, and I played Love Heart Bingo with a customs man at the airport)(and also, ahem, *blush*, *coughs and splutters*, with a couple of French boys-young-enough-to-be-my-children, in a bar)(that makes you feel older, I'll tell you - when boys-young-enough-to-be-your-children try chatting you up)(YIKES!!)

Steg said...

I think I'd be rather uncomfortable about being chatted up by a young lady, young enough to be my daughter (under 26)! Not that it's ever likely to happen....

But you good to hear that you met some young gentlemen of good taste.

Yes, I know the kind of comments that "gentlemen of good taste" invites but it's too early in the morning for me to grab quite the expression I'm looking for.

I, like the view said...

. . .well, they liked eating the results of the Love Heart Bingo

I'm easily pleased

ho-hum

Mel said...

<-- eaves dropping

:-)

Anonymous G said...

:-) at mel!!

I guess I was eavesdropping too!

(just love hearing all about it...)

I, like the view said...

I will tell all. . .

;-)

just need to arrange it in my head first

%-)

got some other stuff that has to be cleared first

:-/

ho hum

Mel said...

*handing over the feather duster*

:-)