Read Along With Me Part 2

This afternoon I watched recordings of today’s Six Nations rugby matches between Ireland and Wales and between England and Scotland.

During intervals I finished the ironing backlog we had begun yesterday,

and drafted the illustrations and text samples of the next Part of Emile Zola’s ‘Germinal’.

This evening we all dined on tender roast duck; crisp roast potatoes; crunchy carrots; firm broccoli and Brussels sprouts; and flavoursome gravy followed by Jackie’s tasty gooseberry and apple crumble with which I drank les quatre vents fitou 2021.


  1. It sounds like you had a relaxing day capped off by Jackie’s fine duck dinner. Our afternoon is just getting underway here, and it is a beautiful sunny day after a below freezing start to the morning.

  2. I love the details in the sketches, Derrick, someone is very talented. I’ve never tried roast duck but love to watch them fly! ????

  3. Thank you for letting us read along with you! And for sharing those illustrations! Like the novel, the illustrations are filled with moods AND emotions, details, light and darkness, etc!
    YAY on finishing the ironing! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) to all at your home! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  4. Supper sounds delicious. I love duck. I still have one in the freezer, I bought two at Christmas but only used one to go alongside the turkey.

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