Bonjours! Phew, what a scorcher! It’s been 35, 36 even 37°C. That’s not far short of 100°F. But I guess that’s the reason we are here in the Vendée, for the summer sun. In such weather air-conditioning becomes a necessity. The only place I can go for a jog without collapsing from dehydration is along the aisles of the vast Leclerc hypermarket just down the road in La Roche-sur-Yon. For us Brits, such hot weather is exceptional. We certainly enjoy it when it is hot enough
So a riddle for you: “Where I am now on a foreign shore, I stand every week.”
Incidentally, the ancient Hebrews loved riddles, such as the one which appears on Lyle’s Golden Syrup when Samson gets the better of the Philistines and wins thirty sets of clothes. That’s about as many as Jacqui has packed in our car.
And Jesus himself enjoyed using riddles, to puzzle us with paradoxes. “Whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39) “So those who are last
“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” Helen Keller clearly hasn’t travelled with my good friend, Alan – with whom I am presently walking the Ribble Way.
In fact, this blog comes to you from Waddow Hall, which we are about to leave for the final stage of our walk from Clitheroe to Preston.
Even today I still go into a mild panic attack when I hear Alan say, OS map in hand, “I think I have found a shortcut.”
In fact, in a just 5
“If you're the Olympic champion,” mused Usain Bolt, “then they have to wait four more years to get you again.”
True – but Usian’s time is up. On Sunday, 14 August, we will see if American Justin Gatlin is able to maintain his form to beat Bolt for the 100m gold medal.
Except we won’t. Like most of my compatriots I’ll be in bed when the final is broadcast on BBC1 at 2.25 am. As I will be for the opening ceremony to be shown late tonight.
So it’s difficult to get exci