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26 October 2010 @ 07:59 pm
Packing, packing, packing ...  
Of on the epic journey from the anitpodes to the podes tomorrow, but I have just been struck by something.

For anyone seeking to understand how living in modern Australia is increasingly a productive balance between the West and the Orient, I have just waxed my Barbour jacket and ironed my furoshiki.

In my only disturbing travel news, I have been to four shops and been unable to source bags of Violet Crumble! WOE!
 
 
 
Meredyth: Arthur Sadfacemeredyth_13 on October 26th, 2010 09:10 am (UTC)
If you were waxing your furry-shiki I'd want photos.

Also, yeah - apparently the factory that made the small sized violet crumbles closed down or something a couple of months ago. They can still make the bars, but not the bite sized (or so Cherry was told).

Haven't been any bulk bags in teh stores for ages - it makes me cry. :(
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 26th, 2010 09:30 am (UTC)
THIS IS A DISASTER!!! WHY HAS IT NOT BEEN IN THE PAPERS AND PETITIONS CIRCULATED???!
Meredyth: Arthur Sadfacemeredyth_13 on October 26th, 2010 09:35 am (UTC)
I know! I believe that they're either refitting or relocating or something, but the result it simply unacceptable - I'm craving violet crumble.

I mistakenly bought what was meant to be a locally produced equivalent (the sample piece wasn't too bad) - and when I got home they were HORRIBLE!

*cries*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 26th, 2010 09:38 am (UTC)
Oh darling! There is nothing worse than unexpectedly awful confectionery! (Aside from war, poverty and ebola, of course ...)

The expensive chocolate honeycomb in the deli that comes in a yellow paper bag from the same company that does the chilli 'bark' is very good, but three times the price.

Meredythmeredyth_13 on October 26th, 2010 09:54 am (UTC)
You do realise all this is just determined distraction from the dismay of you leaving the country again?

I shall have to console myself with some chunks of belgian couverture instead. >.>

But apparently there is a new brand (I'm not sure if you'd classify it as generic) from Adelaide or somewhere that's been on the shelves in Woolies. I haven't tried it yet.

*clings and tries to crawl into your luggage*

Also, do those coats come with the hunky male models?
Vertelemmingvertelemming on October 26th, 2010 10:52 am (UTC)
The problem is that unexpectedly awful confectionary leads to war, poverty and ebola! What do you think provoked the Australian/Russian war of 1962?
ecosopherecosopher on October 26th, 2010 09:11 am (UTC)
Oh, I know! I was looking to send some to NaNo buddies in the US and couldn't find any (only bars, and that won't do for sharing, really).
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 26th, 2010 09:31 am (UTC)
I bought 16 bars at Coles. It may not be enough ...

I blame the Coalition! (Either of them, I've ceased to care.)
It's that Bucket woman!: can't sleep humans will eat mecuria_regis on October 26th, 2010 09:13 am (UTC)
I bought a bag of Violet Crumble only a few weeks ago... and then realised I liked Crunchies a lot better. *sigh*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 26th, 2010 09:32 am (UTC)
Heretic! And Violet Crumble hoarder :-P (;-) in case that's not blindingly obvious)
It's that Bucket woman!curia_regis on October 26th, 2010 09:34 am (UTC)
My precioussssssss. *keeps all the Violet Crumbles IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY* ;)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 26th, 2010 09:36 am (UTC)
I have this lovely shiny ring I will swap for a few bags!
It's that Bucket woman!curia_regis on October 26th, 2010 09:37 am (UTC)
Ah but I already have one of those. *stroke the other precious* *g*

I actually do! It's pretty!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 26th, 2010 09:39 am (UTC)
I should have guessed ;-)
Vertelemming: Treguna Mewhat? - The Dresden Filesvertelemming on October 26th, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
Was your icon supposed to ensure that the only thought running through my head for the next hour is, "It's pronounced bouquet!"? 'cause that's what it's done. Damn you.
It's that Bucket woman!curia_regis on October 27th, 2010 07:20 am (UTC)
Yup! XD That's the exact intention of my icon. ;) I even have a pretty Keeping Up Appearances banner on my userinfo page!

Brissygirlbrissygirl on October 26th, 2010 09:22 am (UTC)
Noooooooo! There have to be violet crumbles!

I want to send some to lordhellebore in germany as part of her christmas/birthday present because she'd never heard of honeycomb! :O I will have to make her some instead.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 26th, 2010 09:35 am (UTC)
There are still the bars, but not the lumpy ones. I am going to try the small corner shops in the morning before I fly out.

WOE! :-(
prone to mischieftreacle_tartlet on October 26th, 2010 09:31 am (UTC)
No bags of Violet Crumble? WHAT FRESH INSANITY IS THIS?!

Damnit, I'd lost track of time and didn't realise how soon you were off. I will leave off posting EF Benson's Lucia Victrix until you make good your return, my dear!

♥ Bell'avventura, cara! ♥
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 26th, 2010 09:34 am (UTC)
Mille grazie, tesoro!

I have the latest Jilly Cooper, as it is a massive read and I can leave it behind with no guilt ;-)

AND I KNOW!!! There are rumours the factory has shut down (see above) -- THE HORROR!!!
prone to mischieftreacle_tartlet on October 26th, 2010 09:43 am (UTC)
AHAHAHAH! Excellent - Jilly can keep you company and you can come home to dear EF ;)

I think I will mosey out to the shops in the morning and see if we still have a few bags in this god-forsaken hell-hole.

Also, SQUISH HAS TWO TEETH! TWO!

blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 26th, 2010 09:44 am (UTC)
VAMPIRE SQUISH! (Pix if she will show them! Mad Aunty Brammers needs her midget fix ;-))
prone to mischieftreacle_tartlet on October 26th, 2010 09:55 am (UTC)
I will take pics, but Blondie has not yet set up the computer that will allow me to post them online. She seems very willing to show them off, as she is now experimenting with some new noises (mostly this involves opening her mouth wide and shouting/hooting/yodelling at the top of her tiny-but-powerful lungs...)
january b. snow: guessbanbury on October 26th, 2010 09:51 am (UTC)
Happy journey! And a lot of unexpectedly found violet crumbles :-)
nahimanaemerald_dragon8 on October 26th, 2010 10:38 am (UTC)
Have a wonderful trip! I have not noticed the lack of violet crumbles. :( This makes me sad.
This Girlthisgirl_is on October 26th, 2010 10:39 am (UTC)
Yay! Hope your flights go well!

When are you planning to be in Bath, lovely?
Hueyphoenixacid on October 26th, 2010 11:54 am (UTC)
I have NO IDEA what violet crumbles are, but *pets you*.

Have a safe trip, darlin'!
AutumnHearti_autumnheart on October 26th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
Bon Voyage - I hope you have a fabulous trip!
silent hallucination: bones huh?alex_s9 on October 26th, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
What is this violet crumble you people from down there talk about?
drbunsendrbunsen on November 2nd, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
Like being bukkaked by a thousand tiny, chocolate coated angels.
Kareinakareina on October 26th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
oh--yah, that's right, you are heading this direction. When and where are we going to meet up?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 26th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
How are you for Sienna on the 9th or 10th of November?
Kareinakareina on October 27th, 2010 08:40 am (UTC)
I can do one of those, I just need to make certain that I both work on the train there and back, and make some progress on the weekend, too. At the moment I don't have any reason to prefer one over the other, can we decide as it gets closer? If I wind up needing to do something in the lab with my boss that week which day would depend on his schedule...
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 26th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
They are both Great Things! And thank you, dear :-)
auntpurl: Big Benauntpurl on October 27th, 2010 09:19 am (UTC)
Hurrah! Come to my podes!

...or something that makes more sense!
auntpurl: in conclusion cockauntpurl on October 27th, 2010 09:21 am (UTC)
PS. "Waxing the Barbour" is going to make it into one of my fics in a dirty capacity, mark my words.
Dedicated Escape Artist: Snape cursejadzialove on October 28th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
No!!!!! Not the Crumble!

Perhaps it's only closed temporarily? Which, yes, doesn't help the people on your journey, but still allows for hope in the world...

Bon voyage!