An English delicacy…

My local shopkeeper and all round good egg, in this French medieval village, is definitely multi-cultural.

He’s got Branston pickle on the shelves now…for goodness sake. He also asked me how you would use Golden Syrup?

Now, he has a great sense of humour but doesn’t speak much English so I just kept it to flapjacks.

Obviously, having no idea what I was on about I picked up a packet of oats, grabbed some butter from the frigo and put the three items to together.

He was less than impressed.

Apart from being open 7 days per week and stocking all my soya stuff he has been 100% supportive of my writing.

I have a spot by the till where I advertise my wares.

My books. All four of them, in rotation.

As my latest has a spectacular cover, I produced the poster with a flourish.


A Mouse in the Vinaigrette.

Ah! Vinaigrette he says. I volunteered the French for mouse. His joy at knowing what vinaigrette was, was quickly replaced by confusion.

A mouse…IN…the vinaigrette?

I nodded towards his  ‘engleesh shelves’ and said. Mais oui, and English delicacy…

I promise to go back in the morning and put him straight…probably 😉

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