Bonjour septembre

[Hello September]

I am away from London for a month. Yes and whole entire month.

And as I was landing at the smallest airport I have ever seen (so small I couldn’t help but take pictures of the very vintage aérogare straight from the plane tiny window*), I knew I would miss that city which has not-so slowly grown on me**.

But well, a few drinks at le café and a ride to the boulangerie – for fresh yeast – later, I’m starting to realise I’ve been missing the French life too.

Such a good thing I’m just one hour away. Or maybe, I should move to Guernsey or Cornwall; for the best of both worlds!

The not-so official September happy-list

1. Riding my bike. Through the beach and the marais.
2. Oh and riding it to the boulangerie too. Fresh yeast for less than a euro, that’s something to love about France.
3. The prospect of five film rolls to be exposed.
4. Putting together some sweet step-by-step
5. Having enough pâte sucrée in the fridge for at least three tarts.
6. The treasure hunt that picking the very last raspberries of the season implies.
7. Eating those very same raspberries, before they make it to the basket.
8. Coming back to London for four days. Just enough time to get the aforementioned rolls of film developed***.
9. Knowing that it will be dark and golden all around when I do come back. Ooooh yes, Autumn!
10. And that my iced coffee will be switched for a piping-hot one.

What will you miss in September? Or perhaps, what makes you look forward to those colder days?

* In French, we have the cutest word for those small round windows – whether they belong to a plane or a boat – hublot, said uhh-blow.
** As a matter of fact, the first time I visited London – possibly early 2001 – I fell in love right away.
*** I might like raspberry-hunting, but spending hours for a decent photo lab is not the way I like to spend my time these days.

6 thoughts on “Bonjour septembre

  • Tana September 5, 2011 at 4:40 am

    what will I miss in September? perhaps summer sun, but as autumn is my favourite season surtout September and as your non-official September happy list sounds so inspiring, i`d answer nothing :) I already enjoy the colourful foliage and misty chilly mornings. bref, vive l`automne!

  • Ilaria September 5, 2011 at 5:14 am

    In saynsburys I used to but Lots of fresh yeast for 50 p about 100g of it . In the bakery. Ask! Baci and have a great time. I miss London

  • Y September 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Sounds like the perfect way to spend a whole month! Wish I was doing the same..

  • Lucia September 5, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Five reasons to look forward to those colder days:
    1. Making apple pie.
    2. Reading inside while it rains.
    3. Watching old movies from the fifties.
    4. Buying warm clothes.
    5. Beginning my beloved writing school again.

  • Marion September 5, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    5 péloches ? Cool !
    Profite bien de ces vacances !

  • lise September 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    what I LOVE now about september is we have summer finally (in Seattle!) so catching up on all the summer loves at the moment-though I do look forward to autumn!
    of course I will miss the summer tomatoes the most. ;(
    But fall brings-soups and stews of beans, and long braising meats, roasted squashes, pumpkin breads, and hot apple cider!
    love your blog, as always!
    my new blog is;

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