La Ville au Roi stands upon a low hill. The hill is made of limestone. The buildings are made from it. The soil, such as it is, sits upon it. When you dig you run into it. It is useful - if you can get it out. Mostly, fortunately, it is in flat pieces that are the size a man can lift. Sometimes, however...

I got it out eventually, then there was the job of moving it the 40 metres or so to where I wanted it. A wheelbarrow is not much use for this kind of job. It would just get flattened, so one has to resort to the ways of the old Egyptians.

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Love the photo of Tara :-). Reminds me of the story of the guy who was smuggling wheelbarrows (or bicycle, depending on the story). The empty wheelbarrow on top of the rock being "inspected" by the inspector. The large rock in plain sight underneath...

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Posted by David Brazier on May 26, 2017 at 19:30 0 Comments

I (Geeta) can offer up to 3 people a lift from Surrey to Eleusis, leaving at 5 am on 1st June and/or returning to England about 5 pm on 4th June. I can offer one person (or a couple) accommodation on the night before we travel and the night that we return.

Thank you Geeta - nice offer.

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Posted by David Brazier on May 22, 2017 at 21:09 0 Comments

The Russian Orthodox certainly know how to do pomp and ceremony

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I find Elizabeth David's classic book, 'French Provincial Cooking', to be replete with advice for the Pureland Sangha.

"As everybody knows, there is only one infallible recipe for the perfect omelette: your own. Reasonably enough; a successful dish is often achieved by quite different methods from those advised in cookery books or by the professional chefs, but over this question of omelette making professional and amateur cooks alike are particularly unyielding. Argument has never…

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