Friday, June 11, 2021


Sophie starts her day looking vaguely 'presentable'  She has clearly slept well.

After a walk down the hill we return to the village. My companion gives due consideration to the electoral posters.

Today, for the first time in months, we venture out to the cake shop. The woman behind the counter asks me if I've been vaccinated before adding ' I'm too young to be on the list yet'. I'd have guessed she was well into her fifties but decide to keep this thought to myself.

An apricot tartelette for 'The Font' and a 'Religeuse' for me.

Life continues to return, slowly, to some semblance of normality.

Still no reply from the seaside hotel. Perhaps they'll e-mail today to say if they have space ? It goes without saying the hotel phone is never answered so e-mail is our only mode of contact.

For some reason the judge hearing the case between the man with anger management issues and the German billionaires builder failed to show up. The hearing has been rescheduled for September. Neither side is happy.


  1. I think you are easing your readers back in gradually - first the croissants, then the green grocers and now, the cake shop! The Axios link was shocking. I wonder how this affects the argument that employers are having a hard time finding help in the US because they are all making too much in unemployment benefits?

  2. It's hilarious that after all the delays the judge didn't show. Is this an actual tactic by the French judicial system? With both sides in limbo, neither dares take retribution lest it hurt his case.
    A friend who just turned 50 got vaccinated a week ago. She said there were plenty of openings. But she had flexibility; maybe someone who works in a bakery has to take later slots, which might be filled. But I thought public-facing workers, like store clerks, were priority for vaccination.

  3. Pressure on dining facilities here in busy Stromness. Only one (admittedly excellent) restaurant open so advance booking required, and you apparently even have to book a slot at the chipper!

  4. Has Sophie decided who she will vote for yet, or will she give the posters further consideration? Now we know things are slowly returning to normal if you once again have the choice of some interesting cakes, but how do you manage to eat the Religieuse without getting covered in cream?
    I hesitate to suggest such a thing, but would the billionaire have persuaded the judge not to show up!

  5. I have to say, that I can understand why the man with anger management issues and the German billionaires builder are not happy, I probably would not be either. Maybe the judge is hoping they'll settle "out of court?"

    It is good to see things easing back into normal in your corner of the world. I arrived in Tennessee yesterday and like last year at this time, you would never know there had been or is a pandemic. I was the only one wearing a mask in the grocery store.

  6. Hari OM
    You in the cake shop, Gail in Orkney... sigh...

    There is no doubt that benefit fraud does take place - there was a recent article here along similar lines; organised crime is clearly on the alert for any and all loopholes but also lots of individuals who are just determined to get what they can... YAM xx

  7. I recently read that Putin's ex-wife and new husband have settled in "southeast France." Perhaps they have some judicial pull...