No Menus this week - but bits of chat

Hello, hello, hello dear friends!

And a special hello to Maggie, who has recently bought a farmhouse in France and is renovating it. You can read about her adventures over on her blog, Brambling in Brittany. 
It is lovely to have you join me on my random ramblings mmostly about food.

Don't forget I also have my blog at View from the Teapot which is a bit more general - and I blog there slightly less frequently than here.

I'm busy at the moment - I don't have much time during the week for preparing my lessons, so have to do it at the weekend. As my Sundays seem to be taken up with Church-y things (or cleaning in preparation for a friend's visit!!) I'm preparing on Saturday, which leaves less time for blogging.

Still, it's good to have work. On Mondays I am teaching 5 different groups at a factory in Riom, near Clermont Ferrand. Most of them are happy to be in lessons, but one or two are less-than-enthusiastic, which makes for some slightly awkward lessons. Still, I just ignore them and get on with it! Or rather, I ignore their mardy faces and get on with it...I do speak to them! This Monday I will have to leavevery promptly to rush on home because Mr FD and I are thinking about going into Roanne to see a VO showing of the film "Pride"

Wikipedia describes the film thus:
Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the UK miners' strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign. The National Union of Mineworkers was reluctant to accept the group's support due to the union's public relations' worries about being openly associated with a gay group, so the activists instead decided to take their donations directly to a small mining village in Wales — resulting in an alliance between the two communities. The alliance was unlike any seen before but was successful

We have a Church "away-day" tomorrow, entitled "Living Stones" so I'll be out all day at that, and  I'm also preaching next Sunday...Nice to have the opportunity, but Lord knows when I'm going to write the sermon!! Hopefully I'll find nooks and crannies through the week when I can prepare lessons, giving me Saturday to write the sermon. I already have a couple of ideas bubbling away on the back burner, so I hope they'll develop over the next few days!

Food next week is of the fairly basic kind - or pulled out of the freezer! We are having a nice meal tonight though - Cordons bleus aux saveurs du Sud.... Veal escalopes, topped with a slice of aubergine, all covered in bolognaise sauce and grated cheese. With chips and corn-on-the-cob, and maybe green beans too. Yummy!!

Sorry, Kezzie, I haven't yet got round to sending the book off to you, but I hope I will soon. It seems to be impossible to get to the Post Office at the right time. POOH! Just remembered I meant to go to the bank this morning and forgot. Hey-ho. We need to order a new cheque book, as one of the VERY bad Kittens has now taken to peeing from time to time on the downstairs table where we used to keep a lot of our papers and things. The cheque book was in the line of fire. Although it has spent several days outside (weighted down by a plant pot) and been sprayed with anti-smell spray, I am still rather embarrassed giving people cheques that have a distinct  whiff of cat pee about them!

I wish they'd learn!!

And this is just because I love the drawings:


  1. Haha, one of my cats jumps into the bathtub every morning and I need to let her drink before I can even think about doing something else.

  2. I'd love to see 'Pride' has nothing to do with Andrew Scott being in it..Noooooo,nothing at all....honestly.
    Jane x

  3. Thanks for the link to Brambling in Brittany; looks like a fun journey to follow!

  4. My childhood cat had to start each day with a drink from the goldfish bowl. Didn't try to eat the fish, just wanted a drink. We figured that the water must have had a slightly fishy flavor. He also liked to get a drink out of the bathtub faucet and out of the bowl of water my mother set in front of the heater during the winter so my room would get some humidity. Rarely did he ever drink out of his cat water dish.

  5. Cats love bath tubs!!! Don't worry about the book, whenever is fine. I'm still waiting for you to email me your postal address by the way x

  6. Thanks for linking to my blog. That's so kind of you. I tried to visit your other blog a couple of days ago but I couldn't find it for some reason so I'm popping over there now. Love the cartoon cat's favourite is my glass of water that I take take to bed! X

  7. I'd love to see Pride. I'd really love to see the one with Billy Connolly from the guys who make the family improvised sitcom TV show. Goodness, I must regain the articulate art of self-expression!


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