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family holiday in provence

Just a few quick snaps, as I'm herding my parents off to Bath tomorrow for the Bath Festival of Children's Literature. Do come along if you're at all in the area! We're having a great panel on Saturday the 27th with my publisher David Fickling, John Aggs, the Etherington brothers and me. 12:30-1:30 at the Guildhall, Bath. Details here.

Apologies if you've e-mailed and I haven't responded, I did try! I stopped at an internet cafe in Nice, but the slightly different French keyboard totally threw me, so after five minutes I threw up my hands in despair and went for a glass of pastis.

Here's a sketch I made overlooking the Roman ruins near Van Gogh's hospital:

I only did a little drawing this trip, it's tricky with four people. Sometime I'm going to go on a trip by myself, like Craig Thompson, and fill half the sketchbook with amazing sketches and the other half whinging about how lonely I am. And maybe a little time whinging about how my drawings don't look like Thompson's; his Carnet de Voyage made me hop with envy. For some odd reason, no one wants to sit on an obscure street corner with me for two hours while I draw... except, perhaps, my sister. We have almost identical attention spans when it comes to drawing. So a sister holiday is definitely on the books.

My dad really liked the olives, except not to eat.

I bought a few too many comics in Avignon and Arles.

And we all did a lot of people watching.



( 21 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 25th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
1. Looks lovely!
2. Embarassing Dad photo!
3. Quel est le album dans le troisieme photo?
4. Pink nail varnish on toes?! We need to talk, girlfriend.
Sep. 25th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
Just so's you know, when using le or la, if the next word begins with a vowel, more often than not you're supposed to type l' instead of le or la. Also, photo is conjugated in feminin form, and therefore it is 'la photo'.

Though frankly, votre francais m'impressione. C'est tres bien en generale.
Sep. 26th, 2008 09:36 am (UTC)
I have a fabulous accent so I can get away terrible grammar. I can also shrug like a native.
Sep. 26th, 2008 10:41 am (UTC)

Sorry, I did not realise you had slightly off grammar down to an art. I shall never correct you again! :)
Sep. 26th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC)
1. Thanks, m'dear!
2. C'est vrai!
3. It's Monsieur Jean, L'Amour, La Concierge by Philippe Dupuy and Charles Berberian. (I'll try to list and post links to all my loot when I return from Bath! I picked up two good ones by that duo. You can borrow if you like.)
4. Pink? No, RED, only red! And yes, we do need to talk, over coffee no doubt! :-)
Sep. 26th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
Can I please marry your dad?
Sep. 26th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
You can try, but I think my mother might have issues with that. ;-D
Sep. 26th, 2008 07:58 am (UTC)
Sep. 26th, 2008 06:52 am (UTC)
Hee hee! I like the olives photo - and the rest too, but that particularly!
Sep. 28th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks! My mother was so cross with him, she was afraid the olives would get stuck and we'd spend the rest of the day in a Provençal hospital waiting room. :-D
Sep. 26th, 2008 08:35 am (UTC)
I love stuffed olives, but not up my nose. How could you do that to your father!!!!
Sep. 28th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Olives
Oh, it was all his idea! (Hello, Auntie!)
Sep. 26th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
wow! looks lovely! You know, if you take enough snap shots you could draw them later.
& Bath? How very Jane Austen :-)

Sep. 28th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, it WAS very Jane Austen! We even saw people walking around in Regency dress. At first we thought they were working for the tourist board, but then we figured out that they'd just decided it would be a fun thing to get dressed up in Austen gear and walk around Bath for a couple days. They went to all the same visitor things we went to; it was pretty funny watching them taking photos of themselves everywhere and talk amongst themselves about how much they appreciated a gentleman's well-turned leg.
Sep. 29th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
Oh I think I would love to visit Bath! I just finished re-reading Persuasion. Sigh. I love Jane Austen novels :-)

ps. the tashzilla comic is fabulous! How do you come up with these ideas?

Sep. 29th, 2008 06:52 am (UTC)
Me too, Jane Austen rocks. :-) Funnily enough, I seem to remember that she didn't really like Bath, but she mentions it so much that Bath sort of brushes aside that part. It IS a beautiful town.

Tashzilla - thanks! It's all due to Dave's complete wackiness, I get much better ideas when I'm bouncing stuff off of him!
Sep. 26th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful sketch!
Sep. 28th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
Sep. 27th, 2008 09:36 am (UTC)
i really missed jabberworks! kept checking to see if you were there! welcome back.
Sep. 28th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks, it's nice to be missed! :-)
Oct. 4th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
OMG - the French keyboard was such a pain!
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