Gales Again

With intermittent fierce precipitation and continuous gale force winds rampaging against the house and garden I spent the day finishing my reading of “Vanity Fair”, my brain ultimately being too stuffed to begin the work of reviewing the novel, save offering the following sample

pages featuring one of Roland Pym’s black and white vignettes which close most of the chapters in the book, and a glimpse of the author’s prose. Perhaps I will manage to do this justice tomorrow.

This evening we all dined on Chicken Kiev with Jackie’s moist ratatouille and Mac and cheese, with which I drank Torrequercie Sangiovese & Syrah Toscana 2021


  1. Sorry to hear about the gales again. But a perfect day to read and dine. 🙂
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    PS…”Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” – Bill Watterson

  2. Gales do not sound like much fun, but they are a good time to stay inside and read. Has this been an unusually rough weather start to the year in your area?

  3. The weather sounds horrible, but a good day to stay in and read. I’d be happy to have the dinner (without the chicken Kiev part), and try the wine, which sounds like an interesting blend.

    1. Thank you very much, Merril. I have not come across that wine before. It is very smooth

  4. Leave it to the French – and Jackie – to make a vegetable stew from simple ingredients that combine to be heaven on earth!

    I don’t know about the south of England, but it seems here in the center of the USA Thursday nights are when the weekend’s weather starts to form, usually rain turning to snow this time of year. It ends on Monday night.

    I checked the forecast for this weekend and, yes, it cooled down Thursday evening, with Friday morning near freezing, rain turning into light snow, etc., etc., etc. Ugh!

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