Archive for farmers’ market

Wagram, morne plaine!

Posted in Books, Kids, pictures, Running with tags , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2020 by xi'an

Avenue de Wagram is one of the avenues leaving from Arc de Triomphe in Paris, named after a (bloody) Napoléonic battle (1809). This is also where I locked my bike today before joining my son for a quick lunch and where I found my back wheel completely dismantled when I came back!  Not only the wheel had been removed from the frame, but the axle had been taken away, damaging the ball bearing… After much cursing, I looked around for the different pieces and remounted the wheel on the bike. The return home to the local repair shop was slower than usual as the wheel was acting as a constant brake. I am somewhat bemused at this happening in the middle of the day, on a rather busy street and at the motivation for it. Disgruntled third year student furious with the mid-term exam? Unhappy author after a Biometrika rejection?

Not a great week for biking since I also crashed last weekend on my way back from the farmers’ market when my pannier full of vegetables got caught in between the spokes. Nothing broken, apart from a few scratches and my cell phone screen… [Note: the title is stolen from Hugo’s Waterloo! Morne plaine!, a terrible and endless poem about the ultimate battle of Napoléon in 1815. With a tenth of the deaths at Wagram… Unsurprisingly, no Avenue de Waterloo leaves from Arc de Triomphe! ]

slow food day

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , , , on April 24, 2018 by xi'an

Yesterday, 21 April, was slow food day in Italy, and I took the opportunity of a visit to the Rialto fish market in Venezia to buy and cook some squids in their ink, which proved a fairly good dish. The other attempt at cooking Sant’Erasmo violet artichokes did not work so well, as I left too many of the outer leaves…

Sceaux snapshot [jatp]

Posted in Statistics with tags , , , , , , on April 22, 2018 by xi'an


Posted in Kids with tags , , , on July 2, 2016 by xi'an

raddishThis year, a new stand at the farmers’ market offers local and unusual varieties of fruits and vegetables, including radishes of at least five different colours. When I bought a bunch yesterday morning, the seller gave me two additional bunches, which means I will be eating radishes the whole week (or until they get too peppery!).

market static

Posted in Kids, Travel with tags , on March 2, 2015 by xi'an

[Heard in the local market, while queuing for cheese:]

– You took too much!

– Maybe, but remember your sister is staying for two days.

– My sister…, as usual, she will take a big serving and leave half of it!

– Yes, but she will make sure to finish the bottle of wine!