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  1. Lindylou
    6th March 2021 @ 12:44 pm

    What a quaint post office. Madam looks a joy to behold, lol.
    Oh the joys of paperwork. I remember what it was like in Spain, so very similar, it took 4 weeks for my parcel to reach France.
    So glad you got there in the end Beth.
    Thanks for the chuckle and hope your eye is ok now, xx

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  2. Diane Sharp
    6th March 2021 @ 12:59 pm

    Madame looks tres formidable.

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  3. Unknown
    6th March 2021 @ 1:26 pm

    That made me smile Beth 🤣very similar here in Spain 🤣🤣

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  4. Beth Haslam
    6th March 2021 @ 1:31 pm

    Ha ha ha, thanks so much for reading my tale, Lindlou. Yes, madame is a very serious-minded lady, but genuinely does try her best. I was fully expecting the parcels to take 4+ weeks to reach their destinations, so you'll imagine my surprise when they arrived so quickly! And thank you, my eye did recover, that sanitising gel is strong stuff, though! 😀 xx

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  5. Beth Haslam
    6th March 2021 @ 1:32 pm

    Ah yes, Diane, she is. Actually, I'm a bit scared of her… 😀

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  6. Beth Haslam
    6th March 2021 @ 1:33 pm

    Oh no, really? 😀 Heh heh heh, thanks so much for reading my account, I do hope your next posting extravaganza turns out to be easier than mine! 😀

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  7. Alyson Sheldrake
    6th March 2021 @ 2:11 pm

    fantastic! although … are you sure you are not actually in Portugal??!?! it all sounds very familiar!!

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  8. Beth Haslam
    6th March 2021 @ 3:09 pm

    Ha ha ha, you never know, it does at times feel like another planet in there, Alyson! Thank you very much for reading my account. 😀

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  9. Nancy McBride
    6th March 2021 @ 5:12 pm

    This definitely qualifies for a future chapter! I recently sent one painting to England and one to California from Massachusetts, USA. What a rigmarole! I found the small, local post office, similar to yours to be the most efficient, and less crowded.

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  10. Unknown
    6th March 2021 @ 6:25 pm

    Obviously rural is best and the joy for those people receiving your parcels priceless !

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  11. Pam at 7,200 feet
    6th March 2021 @ 10:50 pm

    So glad your packages got to their destinations so quickly. I used priority mail to send our tax stuff to our accountants in the state where we used to live. This is a special envelope with tracking, supposedly faster than first class mail. Hah. It took 12 days to get there. Usually regular mail may take 3 or 4 days. This was not international.

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  12. Pam at 7,200 feet
    6th March 2021 @ 10:50 pm

    So glad your packages got to their destinations so quickly. I used priority mail to send our tax stuff to our accountants in the state where we used to live. This is a special envelope with tracking, supposedly faster than first class mail. Hah. It took 12 days to get there. Usually regular mail may take 3 or 4 days. This was not international.

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  13. Pam at 7,200 feet
    6th March 2021 @ 10:50 pm

    So glad your packages got to their destinations so quickly. I used priority mail to send our tax stuff to our accountants in the state where we used to live. This is a special envelope with tracking, supposedly faster than first class mail. Hah. It took 12 days to get there. Usually regular mail may take 3 or 4 days. This was not international.

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  14. Jean Henrickson
    7th March 2021 @ 12:35 am

    Hi Beth having visited France many times you have captured the French Postmistress beautifully. Years ago we posted thirteen identical postcards in a French Post Office and each one had to be individually weighed by Madame La Poste just in case we were trying to defraud the Post Office of money if one postcard had needed a different stamp! Jean Henrickson

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  15. Beth Haslam
    7th March 2021 @ 7:24 pm

    Actually, Nancy, the saga went on for much longer, so perhaps it will make its way into a future episode. Oh gosh, it must have been a nightmare sending such a precious piece in the post! I'm so glad you managed in the smaller post office!

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  16. Beth Haslam
    7th March 2021 @ 7:25 pm

    Rural really is best! I'm just so relieved the parcels reached their destinations. Bravo to madame, she came good in the end! 😀

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  17. Beth Haslam
    7th March 2021 @ 7:29 pm

    Thank you, Pam. Oh, for goodness' sake, isn't that always the way? I guess it would also have been a more expensive way to despatch. I'm glad, at least, that the envelope actually reached the intended destination!

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  18. Beth Haslam
    7th March 2021 @ 7:31 pm

    Thank you very much, Jean, but what a story you have! Yes, I can easily picture the scene. Weighing anything that has to be posted here is a must! 😀

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  19. Vallypee
    7th March 2021 @ 10:47 pm

    Love it, Beth! Your patience has won her over and I’m sure she’ll bend over backwards to help you in future, but what a mission! Another wonderful glimpse into French life!

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  20. Beth Haslam
    8th March 2021 @ 11:21 am

    Heh heh heh, thanks so much for reading this, Val. Ah, well, I'm not sure madame is for bending, but she certainly deserved my thanks after all the trouble I gave her! 😀

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  21. Jemille Williams
    12th March 2021 @ 8:35 am

    How long did it take for your eye to feel OK? Sounds dreadful!
    That's a pretty pricey bag of chocolates! But, my guess is that you'll get top-flight service from now on.
    I just noticed that your US books are printed in South Carolina, so that has to be a great cost-saver.

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  22. Beth Haslam
    12th March 2021 @ 9:50 am

    Happily, not long, thank you, Jemille, my contact lens took the brunt of the gunk! After all the stress I put poor Madame through, I felt she deserved the chocs! 😀
    Ah yes, it's very handy to have my books printed in different countries. 🙂

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