Well for a start it' been weeing down with rain almost all week. Oh, there's no change there then.
And secondly we had a quick night away in Somerset which has provided four of this week's five pleasures: (1) Hilary Spurling's lecture, (2) La Bisalta, (3) the Archangel; all of these you can read a bit more about in my earlier blog post.
Then (4) people who enjoy and are interested in their job. I was especially struck by the pair who were serving breakfast in the hotel. The young man was a professional bar-tender and had made it his business to learn all he could, including about food, and was interested enough to be helping out on his day off. The young lady was a trained chef. Her boyfriend was obviously the hotel chef and they had agreed not to work in the kitchen together (very sensible!); so she was learning the front of house stuff (she even checked us out!) so she had the skills when they were able to start their own business. Unlike many chefs she was seriously interested in food. They weren't busy so we had an interesting conversation. They, together with the staff at La Bisalta, were friendly and welcoming. It's such a refreshing change!
So then to (5) Strawberries and Raspberries. We bought both on this week's shopping trip because they looked good, were known to be good varieties — which is also a refreshing change — and were English. No need for cream, they were delightful enough all on their own for Saturday breakfast.