Category Archives: grapes

…ham and jam, kippers and treacle..

I was not myself this morning. Who I was is as yet unclear to me but, what is sure, is that the person in question had a pioneering palate. Pioneering, as an adjective, may seem romantic and exciting to some … Continue reading

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The birth of Rigoletto…

In just a few days 8.30 will be the new 7.30. The winter is dead, long live….that doesn’t work. Hurrah for the theoretical arrival of summer even if your power lines are under 10ft of snow or the rain is … Continue reading

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Time for a glass of red….

Sipping my morning coffee in the sun kick starts my mental processes, gets the juices flowing, and pretty soon I’m thinking about food. I can’t imagine,  at least I try not to imagine, life without bread, cheese and wine. Each … Continue reading

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Pike fishing in the Vendee..

I went looking for a château this afternoon and found one very easily. In the newly Socialist  led Republique Francaise it is not difficult to find châteaux with noble French families still ensconced within. France may well be “gauchiste” but … Continue reading

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Forbidden fruit followed by bangers and mash…

It is hard to assess the wisdom of the proverb which counsels never looking a gift horse in the mouth as many a gift horse would benefit from a good buccal inspection. The concept is that we should be grateful … Continue reading

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Temple balls or how I foolishly drove out the money lenders

I don’t know what the money lenders were up to in the temple that got Him so irate, apart from lending money which has become humanity’s most important activity in the post biblical world. He might have been wiser to … Continue reading

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These are the grapes without wrath….

“All work and no play make Jacques a dull boy” fails miserably as an epithet in this little corner of France. For the greater part of my life I associated “work” with certain unpleasant hours of the day, preferably as … Continue reading

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Rabbit stew comes with a free Davy Crockett hat..

This charming little group is part of the extensive living larder belonging to one of my neighbours. In our small hamlet we only have four neighbours, and each of them has a similar stock of of ready to eat dishes. … Continue reading

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