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Car trouble
Facepalm - miss_jaffacake
I managed to scrape the car along a car park wall before my sister's wedding while driving up a ramp, so I've been busy trying to get estimates for that. It's now at a body shop and should hopefully be repaired by the end of next week.

Sister's wedding went well. The weather was beautiful, everyone turned up, and people complimented me on my reading.

Just spent Midsummer's Day in Oxford with vifetoile and her friend. It was just what I needed after the past couple of months. The sun was out, we managed to have lunch at Pierre Victoire, which was delicious but glad we arrived early as it was packed by the time we came down. Then Vifetoile and I had ice cream from George and Davis (I had Greek Yoghurt & Honey plus Lemon Sorbet, she had Dimebar Crunch and something else). We wandered over to the Botanic Gardens (first time I've been there) and she finally found Will and Lyra's bench, along with a touching note from someone who'd made a pilgrimage to sit on that very spot because His Dark Materials was the only book series which had ever made them cry actual tears. Sadly, they'd been too shy to actually say anything to the people around them. We also watched inexperienced people trying to punt down the river, which was incredibly amusing.

"I think I'm doing quite well - oh frigging hell, there's a wall!"
"My arms are sooooo tired..."
"Try turning it around!" "I AM TRYING."

Fantastic spectator sport, could have sat there all day.

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Ugh, I have also done that to my car and have to take it in to get it fixed. Why did the wall on the passenger side have to be half as tall as the wall on the driver's side? How was I supposed to see it?

BUT, I'm very glad that the wedding went well! And your day sounds wonderful. Hee, didn't Peter and Harriet make fun of the punters in Gaudy Night?

Did they? I'm sorry, I don't know what Gaudy Night is! But they are very easy targets, that's certain!

EEE! Gaudy Night is the best of the Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane mystery novels by Dorothy Sayers. If you haven't read it, you may be in for a wonderful reading experience!

Ohhh, Peter Wimsey! I have heard of him! :) Will put it on my 'to read' list.

Congratulations to your sister. Will and Lyra's bench sounds so cool. I loved the descriptions in that series. I would have sat there all day with you. :)

We've just had a bunch of work done to my car because it was rusting so badly. It cost a lot, but it looks so nice now. Like a new car.

It's under an apple tree (appropriately enough) and it's in a truly beautiful setting. It would have been lovely to sit there all day.

Glad to hear that your car looks so nice!

Congrats to your sister and you and your family on the wedding!

Ramps are such tricky things. I never park near pillars now - they always seem to jump in front of me ...

Ohhh you just reminded me that I've been wanting to reread His Dark Materials! BUT WAIT there's a bench there?!

Wait, punting what o.o?

Thank you! *hugs* I feel a bit better about the ramp now I know other people have problems with them.

There's a bench in the Oxford Botanical Gardens that Lyra and Will sit on, yes. It's a real bench, under an apple tree near the river. It now has their names carved into the wood.


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