Of flight delays and baking cookies.

Last night, we had just got into bed when the phone rang. It was our son calling from Paris to say that their night flight had been cancelled, because the plane had been delayed, and so of course he was going to miss his connecting flights in South Africa. Air France gave the reason for the delay as snow, which seemed very strange, as the plane was actually coming into Paris from China, where it’s mid summer. WeΒ  decided that it was all a ‘cock and bull’ story, and that the flight just wasn’t full enough, and by blaming weather conditions, they wouldn’t have to compensate anyone for the inconvenience. Apparently they were most unhelpful. The line was impossible, so we ended up chatting backwards and forwards on Whatsapp until almostΒ  11-30pm here.

They did have a wonderful day in Paris, and of course Sienna had her first visit to the Eiffel Tower.

That song, “On a clear day, you can see forever,” came to mind when I saw this photo of her at the top.

They are on the plane now, winging their way to South Africa. They’re booked on the last flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town, where a good friend is meeting them. It will be a close thing, and I hope they make it through passport control, baggage claim and through to domestic check-in on time.

I’m so excited now that their arrival is so close. I’ve been trying to take my mind off it by keeping busy doing housework, baking decadent chocolate brownies,

and my famous banana walnut muffins.

Please help yourself; I can always make more. πŸ˜€




63 comments on “Of flight delays and baking cookies.

  1. What an irritating flight delay “story” by Air France. At least they got to see some of Paris and at least they will get to sample those delicious chocolate brownies and banana muffins when they arrive!

  2. Ah these airlines – if it isn’t one thing it’s the other! when we took the inalws to the airport to go to Germany the other day, saa changed the flight times and they left an hour earlier than they were meant to. of course they forgot to let anyone know – what I’m trying to waffle is, they’re all as useless as, um, blood sucking ticks on a wooden fence. Speaking of fences, or being fences off, could I please have a choc browny – they look really good πŸ™‚ Ta

    • Their day in Paris was planned. The delay was overnight, but they were put up in a hotel and caught the early morning flight instead of the late night one.

    • Yes, he dashed through the SA Citizen passport control, even though he isn’t one anymore. They admonished him but let him through. He did manage to catch his flight, just. πŸ™‚

  3. AD, i can feel your excitement over here! The banana muffins looks good, pity about the wall nuts, not a big fan of things with nuts in it.

  4. Sienna is going to be delighted with all the goodies waiting for her! Enjoy your time with them AD, your excitement is palpable πŸ˜€

  5. Hey…I thought you said “baking cookies”? Those aren’t cookies πŸ˜› Trust me,she won’t notice those brownies and muffins look AMAZINGLY delicious! πŸ˜€

    The DC

  6. A bit of an inconvenience with the flight, but soon they will be diggin’ in those delicious looking brownies and muffins:-)

  7. I am loving watching them travel through your blog… I can feel yours and their excitement! What a lucky little girl to get to travel with Dad!

  8. Sorry you have to wait longer. What a great reunion it will be, brownie, muffins and all. If you need something to do in the meantime you can bake more brownies and send them to me. (smile) They look wonderful


  9. Those brownies do look decadent. Looks like your family is making the most of delays. Every bend in the road has an opportunity, I suppose.

  10. AAAwww what a shame about their flight! Still, you can welcome them with lots of love (and brownies) when they arrive.

    I hope (and IΒ΄m sure) you will have a wonderful visit with your family. πŸ™‚

  11. The French are always very otherwise πŸ™„
    Love those muffins and brownies AD πŸ˜‰

  12. What better way to wait for your loved ones then to bake. I can taste the love. The photos of your grand daughter in Paris are priceless. Look at that smile. Delays are inevitable, anymore. Just keep baking.

      • it’s a great pity, I’ve been thinking about my 90+ year old grandmother a lot over the last few days as she’s been unwell and seeing those brownies just made me even more homesick. Thank you for sharing them though they’re a happy memory and one that I’ll share with her.

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