By Tony Hawks
'If you needed to decide belongings you sought after -- if you happen to needed to -- what might you pick?' I hesitated. This used to be an even bigger query than often received requested at those post-match debriefs. 'I feel the sincere solution may be,' I acknowledged, nonetheless getting access to the final items of required info from a jumbled brain, 'meeting my soul mate, and discovering an idyllic condominium overseas somewhere.' encouraged via breathtaking perspectives and romantic desires of discovering love within the mountains, Tony Hawks unexpectedly buys a home within the French Pyrenees. right here, he plans to ultimately fulfil his youth fable of studying the piano, untroubled by means of the issues of the area. in truth, the chaotic tale of Tony's hopelessly ill-conceived residence buy reads just like the definitive advisor to how to not purchase a home in another country. It reveals him flirting with the removing company in a disastrous try to shipping his piano to France in a dodgy white van; foolishly electing to construct a swimming pool himself; and increasing his courting repertoire while he begins co-habiting, now not with a stupendous French attractiveness, yet with a middle-aged builder from West London. As Tony and his pals haplessly try to healthy into village existence, they study extra approximately themselves and every except they ever imagined.
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In the great salon her brother was seated with the English envoy Lord Harcourt, Mr. Drummond, and members of the English embassy; there were one hundred and fifty guests in all, and through the windows Charlotte could see the gardens lighted by forty thousand lamps. All in honour of my marriage, she thought. I have become very important here. But soon she would be on her way to her new country. * * * When she reached her bedroom she found her new dressers, Madame Haggerdorn and Mademoiselle von Schwellenburg waiting for her.
She did care a little. But not much ... not so much as she had cared about the death of her squirrel or her darling Beau. She took up her pen and wrote. ’ It was true, she thought. But George was perhaps too weak to hate anyone. He was at heart kind, she was sure, so perhaps it would not have been so bad to marry him. She sighed and,hastily finished off her letter. His bride’s mother had died. The wedding would be postponed. Was it possible ...? When all was said and done there was some satisfaction in being a queen.
It occurred to her that Susan might 37 not yet have heard the news of the King’s proposed marriage. Could it be that it had not yet reached Somerset? She wrote rapidly: ‘To begin to astonish you as much as I was, I must tell you that the is going to be married to a Princess of Mecklenburg ... Does not your choler rise at this ... But you will think, I daresay, that I have been doing some terrible thing to deserve it, for you won’t be easily brought to change your opinion of any person; but I assure you I have not.