Sunday, January 30, 2022

Normality ?

At last the number of daily new cases is easing back from the 500,000 levels seen last week. 330,000 yesterday.  Perhaps in a week or two things will be back to some semblance of normality ? In the meantime life at The Rickety Old Farmhouse revolves around lots and lots of brisk walks with the family diva. No freezing fog this morning which is a big plus.

Passing the village pond we wave at the matron of the Old Folks Home heading off to work. She has replaced her old white Peugeot 208 with a new(ish), white Peugeot 208. The French, or at least the villagers, view foreign vehicles with suspicion. The ' where would you get replacement parts ?' syndrome. The matron stops to say 'Bonjour' to Sophie. I congratulate her on the new car. 'Very stylish ' I say with a degree of enthusiasm a little white Peugeot might not expect to receive. No sooner has she gone than Anger Management Man appears. He seems calm today .He greets us with a cheery  'Miserable weather' . We say it could be worse  but by then he's accelerating off down the lane.

The best laid plans of mice and men .... Organic farming causes problems in Sri Lanka :

Ordering a coffee in the US used to be a simple affair. Now it's a heavily nuanced procedure. This article explains , in terms I can understand, what a dry cappuccino is - although asking for a latte is a much easier transaction :


Lisa in France said...

We are thinking of moving to France next year. We had agreed we would leave Japan, assuming we would move to the US, but green cards are taking a lot of time these days (and etc., etc.) and France is also intriguing. I have always been curious because France, like Japan, has a very particular sense of itself. Today, the AMM's comment struck me, as in Japan, almost any communication, written or oral, begins with a comment about the weather. As to coffee, I would really never venture into a coffee shop in the US for fear of making a fool of myself. Interestingly, however, my daughter has just started a degree program at Arizona State University Online, and it seems that more than half of her classmates are Starbucks barristas. It was really puzzling, but it turns out there is a Starbucks/ASU program that provides any Starbucks employee with full tuition for any bachelor's degree program at ASU. It's really a fascinating group, and I assume they all understand the nuances of cappucino.

Coppa's girl said...

In the second photo Sophie looks slightly bemused, is she pondering the nuances between wet and dry in her water bowl? Inca sometimes leaves a froth on hers after a particularly long drink.
Amused to read the difference between a wet and dry cappuccino. As a black coffee drinker - I don't drink milk at all, I shouldn't have a problem ordering a coffee - should I? Normally I ask for an Americano here, and know that I'll be getting a big cup of plain black.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari om
I am allergic to coffee...but not library-dwelling dogs!!! YAM xx (who is awaiting the arrival of Bertie Boffin and his hyoomon, Gail and Dunoon is at least trying to be dry. A challenge for a naturally wet substance!!!)

jeannemarie said...

Daughter is a NP with a clinic in northwest Illinois, very rural. She said at the worst of the delta, they did nine or ten tests a day with very few positives. Now it’s thirty plus with 75% positive. Husband used to commute to Chicago 90 miles one way. Starbucks had a deal for Christmas that if you bought their special metal tumbler, you got free cash free for January. Dave stopped on the way there, lunch and the way back. Now that he’s “retired “ he roasts his own.

jeannemarie said...

Coffee. I wish it was cash!

Travel said...

Long walks, and lots of good books. Life if Good