Category Archives: Sunday

Break Step….

“Break Step” when crossing the Trembling Lady is as abstract as it gets, but the sign on the Albert Bridge is unequivocal in its demand that step should be broken when crossing it in column of threes. So avoid doing … Continue reading

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Soft centred Sundae…..

There is such a silence this Sunday morning. Even the birds are in quiet contemplation. The soft hum of the computer and the click clack of the keyboard  is all that breaks the hush. Once it would have been the … Continue reading

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I didn’t hear the news today, oh joy……

One of the stand out advantages that comes with living in the middle of nowhere is the visible lack of newspapers and news. “The News”, as in a newspaper or in a television or radio programme, has become a misnomer … Continue reading

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First taste of summer…

For three successive mornings we have woken to sun pouring in through the windows. But winter habits being hard to shake off, ask any monk, on my way back from buying bread, I stopped at Claude’s house to order some … Continue reading

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Je mange bien tous les jours – a second bite..

As promised, here are another week’s recipes from Laurence Méry-Clark’s self published book “Je mange bien tous les jours”. In a world of allergies and picky eaters at one extreme and the fastidious fine diners at the other, Laurence is … Continue reading

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Drive out the blues with brioche and apricot jam…

There is a mordant sadness, that is nearly tangible, about such a miserable February morning as this one . Normal antidotes, such as lighting the fire, and listening to Radio 4 with a steaming bowl of coffee cupped between slowly warming hands, seem … Continue reading

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Fire up the de Lorean….

We arrived home without the expected three explosive flashes that accompany the moment of return from voyages back to the future. The sharp intake of breath as we entered our glacial stone house created more of a whimper than a bang. … Continue reading

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No need to stand on ceremony, just stay kneeling…

 And I did. I stayed kneeling until I was a dehydrated, emptied husk.The featureless porcelain prayer station before which I unwillingly worshipped had become my friend, my only friend. Here I was, crouched and moaning, not only afflicted by an … Continue reading

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Merkin whoopee….

The simple red and white inverted triangle of the “Cedez le passage” road sign put me in mind of a festive merkin. It also put me in mind of stopping as it would be a bad Sunday indeed that included … Continue reading

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Shellshock

Loving to be by the seaside is all very well as long as one is not a crustacean. Being beside the sea is as much fun for them as being under the sea would be for us. How is it … Continue reading

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