A little ‘away time’…

In a few hours, I will be going away for a little while…

Away from the internet, that is!

Our annual holiday is awesome.  Every year for the past decade or so, we rent a cottage ‘up North’.

OK – perhaps it is not North of the Arctic Circle, and perhaps the closest small town can be reached in about an hour-long drive, and perhaps other cottagers are not that far away… still, it is far enough from civilization to have no internet connection.  And we kind of like it that way – it shows the kids what life was like B.I. (before internet)!

And not just the internet – where we go, we have no newspapers, no TV and as we’d have to drive an hour to the nearest town to get a newspaper (and it would be in French), during our holidays, we are pretty much ‘away from it all’.

Seven years ago, coming back from our holidays, we noticed that more than a few of the traffic lights were on the flash cycle.  We thought it ‘curious’, but that was about it.  When we came home, we were surprised to find a couple of our friends who live in apartments sitting in our backyard, barbecuing!  We thought it was a very nice thing of them to do – coming over and cooking up a meal just as we were returning from a long drive…

Apparently, they had been using our barbecue (they were close friends – we encouraged them to use the barbecue and  check on our house while we had been away) to cook all the food that had defrosted in their freezers when the power had gone out…

Yes – we had completely missed out on the Northeast Blackout of 2003!

We had had absolutely no idea anything had happened – that is how ‘away-from-it-all’ our holidays are.

The upshot of all this is that I will not be posting anything, nor moderating any comments, for the next 8-9 days.  In the meantime, please, do enjoy some of the excellent blogs in the blogroll – I’ll be back before you know it!

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