I got these at SuperU in St Junien today, and the trayful was 2.99€! Fruit is the second thing that is cheaper here than in England (the first being wine!) although usually in the summer only.
They looked so fabulous that I had to buy them, although I'm not sure what to do with them. Unlike in English supermarkets, this fruit is ripe NOW so I need to use it straight away, or I'll just be throwing it in the bin!
I have lots of preserving jars, so I could preserve the fruit in syrup. I also have lots of jam jars, so I could make jam. I could also cook them and freeze the result, although I only have a very small freezer, so I think this is the least viable of the options.
Maybe I should do all three, and perhaps make a pie for now as well. What do you think?
CatalystYes - that's what the French mechanic called the Catalytic Converter on my car (although my massive French dictionary tells me the correct translation is pot catalytique) - yeah, well, tell that to the man! Remember I told you the garage had quoted me the jaw-dropping sum of 790€ for a new one?
Well, I was virtually on my way to the garage to get the work done when my daughter texted me to say she could source one in the UK for £89. No, I haven't missed any figures off that - eighty-nine pounds! That s 103€. That means the British one is about 87% of the price of the French one! (Maths not being my strong point, I hope that's right.) That is just amazing!
He was NOT a happy bunny, and postured around a bit saying that it was too late, the part had been ordered - was there, in fact, and so on. But in the end he agreed just to do the headlamp (an insurance job) and STILL lent me a courtesy car for the day. Pretty good in the circumstances, I thought, though the courtesy car was not exactly in girl-racer style!
Spitting in the SoupAnyway, I picked up my car at the end of the day with its shiny new headlight and wended my weary way home. Halfway home I had to indicate right coming off a roundabout and, as soon as I heard the super-fast tick-tick-tick of the indicator, I knew that there was a bulb gone or something. I stopped and checked and, sure enough, all was OK - flashing at the back, flashing at the side but no flashing at the front! So, brand-new headlamp, but no indicator. Was this the equivalent of spitting in the soup, I wondered?
It was too late to ring the garage - they were closing as I left - so back I went this morning. Hesitantly, as I was not at all sure of my welcome. However, they were all very jolly and looked at it straight away, although the forecourt was choc-a-bloc with cars and they were obviously very busy. The mechanic was only two minutes and came back to me with a grin on his face. "I forgot to put the bulb in!" he said!
So - all sorted. Now all I need to do is get the new Cat over here and fitted.