Saturday, April 29, 2006

Spring break

The children are off school for a couple of weeks and the town feels deserted. We don't miss the 4:30 to 5 p.m. traffic jam when parents pick up the kids, but the market is a bit lacking in joie de vivre. The local vegetable growers seem to be taking a holiday too. One can buy great peas from Italy and spectacular artichokes from Spain, but not much local produce except leeks. Those huge gnarly white asparagus shoots are everywhere, but they seem hardly worth the peeling. We are up to four varieties of strawberries, but some have travelled a distance to get here.

Next week brings International Labour Day, so maybe there will be a parade. The students must need a break after all their recent manifestations, so it's up to the older generation to keep the tradition going.

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