Saturday 14 November

A truly miserable autumn day. Household chores and then a walk round Lloyd Park, in the rain. Although as the cafe is open for take away, we cheered ourselves with a coffee and a slice of cake. Simple pleasures of lockdown. This afternoon the drizzly weather continued, so I read my book, and indeed finished it, as it was a very gripping story. Called “The Dry”, by Jane Harper, set in South Australia during a devastating drought. Increasingly I find that the sense of location to a story is as important as the plot and characterisation. It is a whodunnit, which is not my normal type of reading, but it is very cleverly written, and I speculated continuously as to who the real villain was. Highly recommended.

The evening’s entertainment was perfect for a winter’s evening in lockdown, and accounts for why I did not write the blog last night. 8 ladies of my extended family did a Zoom French wine and cheese tasting. We all had fun buying the mini bottles wherever possible, and comparing notes as to which shop had the best Camembert, Brie, goat’s cheese or Comte. We tried 2 white, one rose, and 2 red. We also had a little quiz, just for fun. Some of us dressed up. I had a stripy T shirt, braces and a beret. It was truly hilarious, we compared our comments on the wines and the cheese. Chablis and Cote du Rhone came out mainly as the front runners. We enjoyed it so much we are already planning the next event. Maybe mince pies and mulled wine tasting?

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