… a massive 15% – almost 20% – of the outstanding files on the dictaphone list this morning.
211 was the figure at which I started this morning. By late morning it was a mere 172. And the only reason that I stopped was because I reckoned that I ought to be doing other things as well.
Actually, I cheated. I finally found out where I’d copied the notes previously. I’d actually typed them directly into the blog entries without putting them in the notes file.
Ad so I simply copied and pasted them into the dictaphone notes file, and that was that.
Despite my saying that I’d be having an early night last night, it didn’t quite work out like that. Just as I was planning on going to bed, I had a phone call.
And that put paid to my early night, and in spades too because by the time that I’d finished the phone call, my desire to sleep had gone and it was long after midnight when I finally hit the sack.
And I was off on a voyage too. I was in the EU last night and a princess probably the princess of Monaco came walking through. I had my camera with me so I took a few photos of them. She asked to see them and was quite impressed. She said that she would be at a meeting at the Parliament there at 09:15 next day and would I like to photograph her there. So about 09:05 I picked up all of my stuff, cameras and the like but because I didn’t have a flash I carried a copper frying pan with me that would reflect the light. As I set off I had to walk through my office. everyone was sitting there like at school and I just walked through with my camera and my stuff and straight out of the back door, leaving them open-mouthed at what was going on. I had to fight my way through the huge crowds at the Commission (?!) And found myself at the back of this big meeting where a huge discussion was taking place. There were thousands of people there but I couldn’t see this princess. We were discussing documents and all this kind of thing. Suddenly a document came up talking about storage and I realised that it was a document that I had prepared. They were passing copies about through the meeting to people who hadn’t had them and an extra copy of this document which was in two parts appeared at my desk. I hung onto it as no-one else behind me seemed to want it. A woman came in late and had all of her documents given to her late. She started to ask “who’s this EH who had prepared this document?” I said that it was me – tey asked me who it was; She said that she didn’t have a copy so I passed mine over or the spare one that i had. She was not very impressed because she was expecting a much bigger document. I couldn’t see this princess and her children (because she had some children with her) anywhere in this meeting, but they were all looking at me and my stuff wondering what I was doing. I think that that Nicole was there at one time.
It goes without saying that I didn’t leap joyously out of bed with the lark this morning. Just after 07:00 it was when I finally saw the light of day.
After the usual morning performance, rather later than it has been just recently, I did the photos for yesterday and then attacked the dictaphone notes.
What with a stream of interruptions and the like, and searching for the notes files, it took me until probably 11:30 or something like that to demolish a good pile of them.
Next task was to do some of the outstanding blog entries – to update the photos. I’m now back to 12th July 2018. I’ve left out the trip to the High Arctic because I have plans for that.
There were no photos for 11th July, and 10th July puts me back to the last day of my voyage around Europe. We’re at the Somme battlefield and I spent much of the remainder of the day allocating the text and alt tags to the photos from that period.
When they are done, I’ll update the blog entries as appropriate, and then think about doing the web pages.
here was lunch in between all of that, and it was taken indoors again. The high winds are putting the wind up me as far as sitting on the wall goes.
I called a halt to the photos when it was time to go for my afternoon perambulation.
And I immediately came under aerial attack. Regular readers of this rubbish will recall that back in August when we were at the Cabanon Vauban we saw an autogyro fly right past where we were standing.
This afternoon, just as I walked out of the apartment, the aforementioned machine flew right over my head. And so I took a photo of it.
That wasn’t the only aerial operation going on this afternoon.
About 30 seconds later, one of the hang-gliders flew past my head. There were a few of them out there this afternoon enjoying the windy weather.
I must admit to having a little musing to myself about how exciting it might have been had the hang-glider and the autogyro had a meeting of the minds and bodies right over where I was standing.
And that was far from being all of the excitement out there too.
Round on the Pointe du Roc not too far from where the bunkers are situated, there were some people measuring up, setting pegs and tapes on the ground and marking something out.
Further enquiries (because I believe that if you want to know the answer to the question, you have to ask the question) revealed that they are going to erect a monument to the Heroes of the Resistance on this spot
We can’t have a trip around the Pointe du Roc without going to see what is going on in the chantier navale
We have the two usual boats that have been there for a while, and on the right is the old trawler that has been on blocks over on the far side of the yard for as long as I can remember.
But on the left we have what looks like a different trawler that has come in for some kind of repair or renovation.
In between dodging the aerial attacks earlier, I’d been looking out to sea to see if there were any boats on their way in.
I’d noticed something in the distance and snapped it once or twice, but sure enough, it eventually chugged round the Pointe du Roc and into the Baie de Mont St michel.
And then I was finally able to work out what it was. We have a fishing boat and it seems to be towing a smaller boat behind it.
Back here, I had another outstanding task that needed dealing with.
The memory stick that I take with me when I travel is a mass of confusion because I’ve been very lax in bringing the files up to date.
So what I did was uploaded them all to this computer and wiped the memory stick clean for future use. Then, with all of the files now on the computer, I eliminated all of the duplicates.
Next wtep was to allocate files to folders where I could.
Finally, I had a mass of files, some with two, three or even four copies which are all different. My next task is to do a compare and merge so that there is only one file for each, but with everything on it.
Tea was another slice of shepherd’s pie with gravy and veg, followed by fruit salad and soya cream.
Time then for my evening walk of course.
My trip took me by the house on the corner of the rue du Nord – the one that is currently under major renovation. They’ve now laid some grillage on top of the insulation that they put down yesterday, so it looks as if the concrete won’t be far behind.
I’ll be intrigued to see how it all comes out.
It was a thoroughly beautiful evening out there tonight, and the colours in the evening sunshine were marvellous.
Just the type of evening that is ideal for photography so I spent some time out there taking a pile of pics of the scenery.
This one of the cliffs above the Plat Gousset, with the Museum Christian Dior on the top, has come out particularly well.
talking of things coming out particularly well, on my way back home via the rue Notre Dame, I was greeted by Minette, the old black cat.
She came over for a good stroke, and she expressed a considerable amount of interest in the camera.
Clearly she was looking for her little moment of fame, and what could I do apart from obliging her? She really is a nice cat, although she would benefit from a good grooming.
So back here now, and I really am going to try for an early night. I was disappointed about yesterday so I want to catch up, and of course I have shopping tomorrow.
I need a pile of stuff too so I need to be on form.
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