Monthly Archives: July 2010

olive

Ah, mon cher Theo, si tu voyais les oliviers a cette epoque-ci …! Le feuillage vieil argent et argent verdissant contre le bleu. Et le sol laboure orangeatre. C’est quelque chose de tout autre que ce qu’on pense dans le … Continue reading

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dates and figs

Very few couples struck such bleakness at the heart of growing up in late 60s provincial England, except possibly Mike and Bernie Winters. Dates and figs, with their far less exotic side kick, the clementine, were the festive fruits of … Continue reading

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the other tour de france

It’s not even 6 o’clock on a Sunday morning. The normal sounds are the river, the birds and, now and then, the honking psychotic donkey up the road. He thinks he’s a dog and gives chase to unwary motorists, horrid … Continue reading

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jelly, custard and lots of fruit

Grim February days in London, contemplating dismal displays of woolly apples from Chile or grapes which taste of white sugar are quite forgotten, we are submerged in fruit. Melons, figs, white and yellow peaches and, above all, apricots. The farmer … Continue reading

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