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purple hibiscus

July 5, 2007

hibiscus.jpgI am back home in France after four days of battling my way around London. I walked straight into a terror alert when I arrived at Shabsted from Poitiers on Monday evening and was unable to leave the airport as it had been closed, with all bus and train services suspended. I spent a jolly 45 minutes pinned against the wall of WH Smith by the arrivals hall surrounded by a crowd of angry holiday-bound passengers, whose progress towards check-in had been impeded by a police cordon.

Feeling claustrophobic as backpacks pressed in around me, I phoned my friend J and asked her to turn on Sky News and tell me if any religious extremists had been setting themselves on fire in the vicinity of Shabsted. But the ‘incident’ had not made the news. Security alerts, public transport problems and dearth of taxis in the morning rush hour aside, I had an excellent time in London but am happy to be home with my purple hibiscus, which sprouted flowers while I was away.

comments (5)

1. Posted by sandara on July 6, 2007 7:27 PM

Home to a purple hibiscus? What about the man Mimi?

2. Posted by froggywoogie on July 6, 2007 7:39 PM

Welcome back to Strikeland. At least we know how to manage the transportation havocs

3. Posted by donald on July 7, 2007 2:14 PM

Welcome back mimi, I am glad you are safe and look forward to more witty stories on your blog.

4. Posted by Anita on July 7, 2007 10:29 PM

Can't wait to hear about your trip Mimi. Also living in the unfashionable and rural Poitou-Charente, I could do with some light relief when not tending to the chickens and vegetables!

5. Posted by jeannie on July 9, 2007 2:03 PM

Not content with half a hydrangea you've now got a purple hibiscus..! Yes, do tell about your London escapades Mimi - and I'm thrilled you got out of Standstead in one piece x

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