a glorious 4-day Easter weekend

You wouldn’t believe the weather here.

What’s more, I have a 4-day weekend staring me in the face, Good Friday and Easter Monday included. As I sit here in total relaxation mode waiting for my sweet potato (yam?) to cook in the oven (what’s the difference between the two?), I’ve cracked open a bottle of St. Nicolas de Bourgueil, slightly chilled, from the Loire Valley, my favorite wine region of France. Tomorrow I’m going to walk to my favorite park, the Parc Monceau. Haven’t been there for ages.

France is in lockdown again. President Macron came on the 8 pm television news last night to tell us that all schools will close, travel further than 10 kilometers from our homes is forbidden, only food-grocery stores are open and working from home (télétravail) is highly encouraged. I’m still going to the office, but today I was all alone in my open space (I liked it).

Ten days ago an office colleague tested Covid positive. Two days earlier we had all been in a staff meeting in a small conference room for an hour and a half (all of us masked.) So everyone got tested and, thank goodness, we were all negative.

Here’s what I’m making for my dinner tonight before I return to the ARTE documentary film I started watching last night on the life and career of Rita Hayworth. ARTE is a Franco-German cultural TV channel, also viewed on the internet for those who don’t have a television:

Nigel Slater’s recipe for baked sweet potatoes with red pepper sauce | Food | The Guardian

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