Monday, July 2, 2018

Different ways to start the day.


Bob starts his morning by standing on his stump seat and barking at four early rising pilgrims. Sophie heads into the kitchen to see if any yogurt pots have miraculously landed on the floor. Such different characters.


Bob also barks at three combine harvesters as they pass us on the lane. The grain harvest in full swing.

Sophie positively sprints along the lane. The owls that nest in the plane trees must have had an '' eat all you can '' evening. The verges strewn with partially eaten shrews and voles. Sophie has had two of the first and one of the latter by the time I recognize the reason behind her purpose.


This morning the baker is in a more adventurous mood.


French (as opposed to Spanish) melons make it into the greengrocers. We buy two but know that after all the rain they'll disappoint. Give them another week of this heat and the sun will make them sweet and perfect.


Flat peaches also make a first showing.

This table is intriguing and may explain much of what's going on in the world. Apologies to whoever produced it but I can't for the life of me find the link : 








13 comments:

  1. Hmmm the nutty thing at the front at the bakers looks new and tasty. Not sure about the flat peaches, but the only thing to worry about is the taste. We discovered peacharines this year - a tasty peach/nectarine combo that has become our new favorite summer fruit. Stone fruit is a sure sign of summer and we wish they were around for longer.

    We like Bobs start to the day - a good bard at the pilgrims must clear the sinuses out.

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    1. Peacharines are something we haven't even heard of.

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  2. Yes, my gaze lingered on the gateaux selection a few extra seconds this morning.

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    1. What is a day in France without a trip to the bakers ?

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  3. Flat peaches are delicious! A maraƮcher persuaded me to try one a few years ago and I've been hooked.
    I would love to know where you found that chart. Will hunt for it. It's eye-opening. Obviously, in China's case, they started from a low base, so it's easy to go up. There's inequality, but they've made huge strides against poverty. In the U.S., meanwhile, recent SCOTUS rulings will make it easier for the rich to get richer.

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    1. Found it here - an always interesting and often brilliant source of information:https://twitter.com/adam_tooze

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  4. I like the look of the nutty thing in the front row, and wonder if it's coffee flavoured - the filling looks too pale for chocolate? Those flat peaches are in the supermarkets and are called Paraguayos here. Delicious once ripe, and much less messy to eat than a peach.
    Once again Sophie is starting the best day ever with a selection of left-overs from the owl's banquet. The population of shrews and voles must be seriously decimated by now !

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    1. Not coffee - one of those beige vaguely almondy fillings. We passed. If in doubt go for chocolate.

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  5. Sophie's digestive system is one for the books. One has to wonder if there is anything she can't process.
    That income chart was discussed somewhere on the news yesterday (CNN?). Seems to me it would be interesting to see a comparison between this table and one showing after-tax income.

    Another hot, hot day in Texas. And we are experiencing a haze caused by sand from the Sahara. It's a small world.

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    1. Sophie's digestive system is made of industrial grade stainless steel. It's the effect of the bones that worry me but they seem to sail through without any discomfort !

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  6. My kitchen math fails me, alas, I need more data to comprehend the chart.
    Bonnie's keeper, Pam

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    1. Suffice it to say if your name is Musk or Bezzos you're doing fine.

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  7. Interesting statistics. I notice that each category cites Piketty as a source. His book on Capital is interesting, and it doubles as a doorstop.

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