Monthly Archives: June 2012

le premier bonheur du jour

Is it churlish to complain about this heat (36 in Marseille yesterday)?  Pouffe!  The angry sun feels as though it might drop out of the sky soon – have we done something wrong?  And so we are left only with … Continue reading

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nicer than purley way

When I first came here it was so exciting – every visit was like a holiday.  The novelty of actually living here, instead of just visiting was tremendous.  But years pass – you become part of the community, tribulations and … Continue reading

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midsummer, far from the forest of arden

I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows, Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine, With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare Flowers are everywhere at the moment.  … Continue reading

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plaisirs d’ete

Bang!  Ta da!  It’s here, suddenly we have summer.  Having wittered around with rain, and cold and sun, we now have just sun.  It’s 30o under the roof.  The Calvinist workers press on; this is, after all, how we built … Continue reading

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confound their politics, frustrate their knavish tricks, on thee our hopes we fix

  The Thames, London 2012 History as water, I lie back, remember it all. You could say I drink to recall; run softly Till you end your song.  I reflect.  There was a whale In me; a King’s daughter livid … Continue reading

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