La Saint-Valentin

Originally posted on Chomeuse with a Chou:
Book of the day: Wuthering Heights Valentine’s Day is not a particularly celebrated occasion in my household. As much as I enjoy tales of enduring love, aided and abetted by theatrical grand gestures and heroic sentimentality, where the most sophisticated performances cause tissues to be conjured from thin air and unsuspecting women to be transformed temporarily into pandas,… Continue reading La Saint-Valentin

Under house arrest in Budapest: A tale of holiday woe

Stepping down, down, down into a subterranean labyrinth beneath the calm and pleasant streets of old town Buda, one bitterly cold morning in February, two years ago, my husband and I had just made the rather questionable decision to take our then one-year-old son on a quest to see the prison where Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, was detained for an indeterminate amount of time … Continue reading Under house arrest in Budapest: A tale of holiday woe

Les restes: Waste not, want not

Book of the day: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle.   This year, as part of an ongoing attempt to be greener and more ecologically conscious, I resolve to reduce further the amount of food waste produced by my family. Shortly after we moved in to our home, five years ago, we adopted a lovely big compost bin (and, naturally, one of those adorable vintage-looking food … Continue reading Les restes: Waste not, want not

Three more days, three more quotes: Day Three

Thanks to the Irish Procrastinator today is my final chance to participate in this amusing quoting challenge. I have enjoyed myself immensely! The rules are simple: 1. Thank the person who nominates you – thank you!! 2. Post one quote per day for 3 consecutive days 3. Nominate three new bloggers each day Today’s quote comes from The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins. It … Continue reading Three more days, three more quotes: Day Three

Three more days, three more quotes: Day Two

Today is the second day of the second round of quotes. Many thanks to The Irish Procrastinator for the challenge. If you haven’t yet paid her a visit you are surely missing out, since her poetry is highly entertaining! The rules are simple: 1. Thank the person who nominates you – thank you!! 2. Post one quote per day for 3 consecutive days 3. Nominate … Continue reading Three more days, three more quotes: Day Two

Three more days, three more quotes: Day One

Many thanks to the Irish Procrastinator for a second chance to play such an amusing game, and apologies to the rest of my blogging friends for inundating you with a fresh round of quotes. This month I have been shamefully amiss in keeping on top of challenges and a few other nominations (courtesy of the lovely Nash Christmas and Moda Theresa, as well as my … Continue reading Three more days, three more quotes: Day One

Ça pousse, mars: refusing to dig in the glom of nit

Book of the day: Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett. “NEITHER RAIN NOR SNOW NOR GLO M OF NI T CAN STAY THESE MES ENGERS ABO T THEIR DUTY” DON’T ARSK me about: rocks, fog. I should dearly like to know more about Mrs. Cake. March really has been a baptism by weather in the garden. Now that Spring is upon us I have temporarily left my … Continue reading Ça pousse, mars: refusing to dig in the glom of nit