Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Spam Is Driving Me Insane

Writing this from a bar in the north of Spain, just me and a selection of fully-clothed, silent pensioners who understand that OUTSIDE IS BAD.

Me, with my people

It is hotter than Satan's armpit, including in our non air-conditioned apartment and on every inch of the merciless seafront, full of lithe brown bodies. The elder of my ingrate children has spent a considerable amount of time telling me that the sea is boring.


Also boring

The younger is constantly afflicted by puzzling ailments which have exhausted my limited pharmacy Spanish (no, no pictures of that, be grateful). Our tiny apartment is crammed with my spouse's diving gear. Other than that all is marvellous.

(it's fine really)
(it is very beautiful round here)
(we saw four small foxes last night)
(there are cakes)

(also, it hasn't actually got above 28°C I am just a wimp)
(and you can legitimately do nothing whatsoever between 2 and 4 due to heat, so I have read an indecent amount)
(I did however manage to burn one knee in 15 unguarded cloudy minutes sitting on beach)

Anyway, I am writing this simply to say that the fucking spam is driving me so crazy I have had to try and change the commenting, er, settings? Which means you can't comment anonymously. I don't even know if this will help or if it will stop all the excellent REAL people on here commenting, so consider this only experimental and subject to change. If it means you can't comment and want to, would you email me and say so?

Back on Sunday. Will return. I'm spending most of July on trains transporting children hither and thither which may or may not, depending on Thalys's shonky wifi, be good for blogging.


Anonymous said...

I just giggle-snorted out-loud at "satan's armpit". I just switched to Wordpress from Blogger (it migrated everything perfectly, no questions asked) - will happily help you do the same if you want. Wordpress seem to be very good at catching spam comments.

WOL said...

Frying a knee in 15 minutes? You must be one of those GID* Caucasians like me. 15 minutes a side and I'm medium rare.

*Glows In Dark

Murphy said...

The boring sea pictures are quite beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I love northern Spain apart from the food and on more than one occasion had cake for both lunch and dinner.

Waffle said...

OMFG I've already had to delete a spam comment ARGH. Might be asking for your help Divergent...

CJ said...

Had to google Thalys, I thought it was an obscure god of European travel I hadn't heard of. I understand it is acceptable in Spain to drink cold weak beer from 10.30am to combat the heat and the monotony of cloudless blue skies, beaches and endless sparkling sea. Good luck with the wifi and the trains. I am housebound with a puppy and envying you your life of danger and excitement on the railways of Europe.

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I loved your book.

tennisforever,houseworkwhenever said...

Yes, you are a wimp;) I am dealing with 103° F today 39.444° C to translate;) unfortunately this heat doesn't help with fires every summer.
Too hot to be outside in the afternoon except to hose down the chicken coop to prevent the poor things from frying. They hate the heat so much. I guess I may as well read your book!!
Vacations with teens and tweens can be a real joy, they work hard at sucking the fun out of everything ;) They do eventually grow up and become decent adults. Yay!!
Enjoy your vacation as best you can. Look forward to your posts.


Nimble said...

Thank you for the pictures of the boring seaside. I wonder what your teenagers would consider the perfect vacation spot (no, inside with video controller is not one of the options). Smothering in the US midwest mid-summer humidity. The corn's happy.

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I love your blogs!!!! Where does óuipet go on such holidays and does he take the tortoises and chickens with him??

Waffle said...

heather - he goes to the neighbour, who also comes round and feeds chickens/rights any tortoises who have ended up on their backs due to over-vigorous sexing. He is never pleased to see us return, of course.

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Jules said...

Excellent trolling from Carol there.

Our cats are always furious with us when we return from any absence. It's a mixture of 'where the hell do you think you've been?' and 'who are you? This is our house, we live here alone and our servant the Tinopener comes round once a day with food'

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Susan Coleman said...

Yes, Fuck off Carol!

Thanks for the June book list WAFFLE, plan to read the Diary of a Provincal Lady!

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