It has been drama on the high seas this week with
the birth of ten little ducklings on our neighbours'
Gill and Rolf called us early on Monday morning to let
us know that there had been little peeps coming from
the duck box
since 6am. We sat with our tea and toast on the deck
and waited as the mother duck called them out. First
one, then eventually 10 emerged. After an eight foot
leap of faith into the river Thames there were nine
All day we could hear them squeaking as they
swam about learning to feed. That night we had
terrible weather and only one little duckling made it
The following day along came a big black crow
and then there were none.
It was a great reminder of how fragile life can
be. Fingers crossed the family of 13 born
yesterday have better luck.
On a lighter note Andrew writes Diary of a Flâneur this
celebrating his recent birthday in Paris he spent many
days browsing the pâtisserie counters for the perfect
birthday cake. We're not too sure how many cakes he
sampled in his quest but we did notice that he returned
with a couple of new pairs of trousers.
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average Frenchmen still has sufficient spare time to buy
one twice a day.
Over millennia, national diets diversify and fuse. But
even as delis and sushi bars open from Bristol to
Burnley, billions of large whites become sandwiches and
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Phil, our subeditor/master tea taster
moved into a big
bright shiney new flat this week and we wanted to
bake something special to celebrate.
Little frosty lemon cakes seemed like a perfect idea.
They are full of zest, spring and new beginnings.
Happy days Phil, here's to a joyful new chapter.
Little frosty lemon cakes...