Saturday, 13 November 2010

Hinge And Bracket Weekend - Day One

Friday 12th November 2010 - 10:30

I'm writing this sitting in my seat on the training to Poitiers waiting to depart from Montparnasse station. It's 10:30 local time and I have been up since 3am.

We are off to spend the weekend in the guesthouse run by George Logan, the Hinge half of Hinge and Bracket. And this will be the fourth Hinge and Bracket weekend that George and his partner Louie have run this year.

As I said, we woke up at at 3am and left home around a quarter to 4 to drive to Ebbsfleet to catch the EuroStar to Paris. Then, following a very bumpy Metro ride from Gare du Nord to Montparnasse where we have just had (for us) lunch. There is now an hour and a half train ride south to Poitiers where we are due to be met by a friend of George's who will be driving us further south to the guesthouse.


We were met by Paul at the station who drove us to Bel Ombrage. The journey was very pleasant and I was surprised how much the countryside was like that in Wiltshire.

George met us when we arrived and we had a very welcome cup of tea and met our fellow guests; Ann, Heather, Jane and Terry.

3:00 (Saturday Morning)

We had a very much needed sleep after our cup of tea and at 7pm sat down to a wonderful dinner cooked by George and Louie. We then spent meany hours reminiscing with George who told us some wonderful stories about the act and about Patrick (Dame Hilda). Much wine was consumed and we were all a little 'tired and emotional' by the time we hit the sack 24 hours after we left home!

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