My Mazamet

Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho

A Very Mazamet Summer: Flowers, Food & Wine

New areas for summer people

And a good time was had by all, I believe.

Our first guests of the year have come and gone. My brother and sister-in-law. I realised something fantastic happened to all of us over the years, just as these things go when we’re lucky — and it’s that we’ve all arrived at a version of ourselves we’re happy with. We’re leading lives we enjoy, in places we enjoy, and there is much food and much drink.

We had a sort of food extravaganza in the past weeks. Everything from Pithviviers which Mike’s brother introduced us to last night and I fell in love with, to prawns in anis, pesto, oysters, poke bowls, an obscene amount of cheeses — and did I mention much drink? I was also introduced to Fava Bean Paste by Hodmedod’s which is a very interesting seasoning which has an extremely intense miso flavour. Perfect for adding depth to sauces.

In Number 42 news, the house isn’t looking bad at all. The new mattresses for the guest rooms arrived. Softer for Summer Girl number I’s room, firmer for Summer Girl number II’s. This year we also get Mr. Summer Girl, or is it just Summer Boy? Anyway, their brother who is as much fun as they are. He’ll be accompanied by his wife. When he was first divorced and was looking for a new relationship we used to have sessions voting on who he should communicate with on a dating app. He ended up marrying the person we all voted for!

Work is exactly how we like it, quiet and stable. The Louis XV Aubusson set is going to live in a glorious chateau in Brittany. Some gorgeous pieces are here including a processional size Madonna. Her base is extraordinary, it’s got angels the size of wine bottles.

Very reminiscent of the work of Salzillo. He loved adding in some angels to his sculpture groupings.

 

Angeles de Salzillo -

And finally, Mike’s pre-surgery consult is later this month. That’s the point at which they set a day which will be sometime in September. He’s chosen the robot surgery and total removal. We’re positive about the whole thing.

73 comments on “A Very Mazamet Summer: Flowers, Food & Wine

  1. Helen Devries
    July 5, 2022

    Sounds like a perfect visit….
    Best wishes for a speedy appointment following the consultation…..I note that, as always, nothing happens in August!

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    • The Pink Agendist
      July 5, 2022

      It was excellent! And yes, absolutely. To be fair we also don’t happen in August. The heat this year so far has been over the top. Let’s hope August is better!

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      • mosckerr
        July 31, 2022

        Hi greetings and good health to ya.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        July 31, 2022

        To you as well. Just started reading your posts. Very interesting. Is your background in religious studies or philosophy?

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      • mosckerr
        July 31, 2022

        In the early 2000s rabbis including myself attempted to re-establish the lateral common law Federal court system of the Republic. The attempt failed, but the legal system of the Talmud – that’s where my expertise rests.

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      • mosckerr
        July 31, 2022

        My sh’itta of learning studies both the T’NaCH and the Talmud as common law… as opposed to and contrasted by Roman statute law combined with ancient Greek philosophy expressed through Greek logic as opposed to Jewish logic.

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      • mosckerr
        July 31, 2022

        Systems of Logic, they define the Oral Torah. The lights of Hanukkah Jews dedicated to only interpret the Written Torah by the Oral Torah logic system.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        July 31, 2022

        Thank you for answering. I’m fascinated by all this. Years ago I discovered I’m from a family of papal Jews. Aka neophytes, forced to convert in 1605. So what you write is a portal into a new world for me

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      • mosckerr
        August 1, 2022

        During the years of exile, Jewish leadership “converted” the Torah to a religion known as Judaism. But during the reign of David, the Torah served as the Written Constitution of the State. The exact identical role of the current written Constitution of the United States.

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      • mosckerr
        August 1, 2022

        Naturally my blog in favour of the political concept of the Torah as opposed to the exile/religious prioritization of the Torah.

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      • mosckerr
        August 1, 2022

        Notice have brought the precedents of shabbat and Pesach. Shabbot stands apart from the work days of the week. Why? Shabbot serves as a metaphor to the chosen Cohen nation which likewise stands apart from the Goyim. The primary purpose of “peace”; peace with family friends and neighbors. These folk the shabbat breaks bread with. Shalom never made with alien foreigners abroad b/c their national interests collide with those of the Jewish state.

        As goes with Pesach. Why the requirement to remove all leavened goods from ones house/private domain? Another metaphor that recalls the oppression and slavery made by Par’o and Egypt! Pesach removes leavened products as a dedication not to oppress the brit people who make up the nation of Israel in the oath sworn lands as did Par’o and the Europeans enslaved Jewry.

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      • mosckerr
        August 2, 2022

        Myself and “others” seek to restore the Torah as the written Constitution of the Republic with the latteral common law (in Hebrew משנה תורה) Sanhedrin courtrooms which impose Capital Crimes punishments.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        August 3, 2022

        You don’t find that extreme in our times?

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      • mosckerr
        August 3, 2022

        I do not understand. What makes the Torah as the Constitution of the Jewish Republic, how does this objective qualify as “extreme”?

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      • The Pink Agendist
        August 3, 2022

        I mean capital punishment. It’s been almost completely abolished in the developed world.

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      • mosckerr
        August 3, 2022

        Strongly favor capital punishment. Why? Because capital punishment distinguishes Sanhedrin Capital Crimes courts from Torts courts.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        August 3, 2022

        I understood that part, but what do you think is actually gained? Don’t most studies show it doesn’t really have a deterrent effect? So if crime levels aren’t affected, who benefits?

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      • mosckerr
        August 3, 2022

        The murderer has no rights. The larger community which witnesses the execution of this convicted murderer, shortly after he committed the murder. Those people thereafter fear committing the crime of murder.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        August 3, 2022

        So capital punishment is only in the case of murder? Tell me more. What are the rules?

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      • mosckerr
        August 4, 2022

        No. Capital crimes cases involve avodah zarah, adultery, rape and other heinous crimes.

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      • mosckerr
        August 4, 2022

        The Torah mandates Capital Crimes cases. Local Torts courts judge lesser damage trials. The Torah mandates the Sanhedrin courts to judge Capital Crimes trials.

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      • mosckerr
        August 4, 2022

        The government has great lateral flexibility. If a person acted as a spy for a foreign country, this might qualify as a Capital Crimes case.

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  2. Steve Ruis
    July 5, 2022

    Ah, I am so happy! You have created a little paradise, both inside and outside of you. You have made my day for sharing your good fortune. and, as always, we hold Mike in our thoughts for a good outcome medically. Cheers!

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    • The Pink Agendist
      July 5, 2022

      Paradise is a very generous word, but I’ll take it! Are things on edge in Illinois? The news on the television isn’t very good.

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      • mosckerr
        August 4, 2022

        Viewed from Israel, the US seems to stand on the cliff-edge of internal revolution/Civil War. America seems in almost a panic sense of chaos and anarchy. Americans randomly murdering school children?! That’s just nuts.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        August 4, 2022

        It is. In France all we get is the occasional terrorist attack

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      • mosckerr
        August 4, 2022

        Interesting France fought 3 wars against Germany to keep or return the Alsace–Lorraine. Yet writes UN 242 which demands that Israel returns Samara back to Jordan, even though France condemned Jordan’s nationalization of the “West Bank” following 1948 Israeli Independence.

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      • mosckerr
        August 4, 2022

        Obviously terrorists tried before a Capital Crimes Sanhedrin court. Death by stoning: entails a scaffold 3 stories high. The convicted condemned taken naked to the top of the scaffold and push off to a jagged boulder below. No one ever survived the splatter of this fall. The Talmudic concept of stoning, far different than that depicted in the new testament Roman counterfeit.

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  3. clubschadenfreude
    July 5, 2022

    “I realised something fantastic happened to all of us over the years, just as these things go when we’re lucky — and it’s that we’ve all arrived at a version of ourselves we’re happy with. We’re leading lives we enjoy, in places we enjoy, and there is much food and much drink.”

    alas that takes some time to get to. Looks wonderful!

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    • The Pink Agendist
      July 5, 2022

      It certainly does! And it also takes time to see things from other people’s points of view. I think in the past we were all too busy juggling one thing or another to be able to stop and enjoy each other’s company.

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    • mosckerr
      August 4, 2022

      clubschadenfreude you seem on a happy pill. Honestly the language of “paradise” or “wonderful” hardly describes American society viewed from my perspective in Israel.

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      • clubschadenfreude
        August 6, 2022

        so, dear, what’s your problem? I was responding to Pink about his post. And despite the stupidity here in the US, I can have a wonderful life. I can also stand up to the ignorant morons here.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        August 6, 2022

        An odd case of propaganda, I think. Israeli internet “farms”.

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      • mosckerr
        August 6, 2022

        OK good for you.

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      • clubschadenfreude
        August 7, 2022

        and nice fail. sigh.

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      • mosckerr
        August 8, 2022

        You’re so chipper and happy and gay. LOL

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      • clubschadenfreude
        August 8, 2022

        Yep, I am indeed chipper, happy and gay. Poor dear, so upset that your ignorance has been revealed, ridiculed and reviled.

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      • mosckerr
        August 9, 2022

        Simply consider the source and am fine with it.

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  4. inspiredbythedivine1
    July 5, 2022

    Good news about Mike’s surgery choice. Keep me updated and let me know about any questions you may have.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      July 5, 2022

      Thank you! We’ve been reading up on the post-op. What were your first couple of months like? Mike says he wants to be in a room by himself to have more autonomy. Is that necessary? Did you have a catheter at home?

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      • mosckerr
        August 8, 2022

        We had rockets fired from Gaza in Beer Sheva day and night today. Beer Sheva its approximately 50 miles from Gaza. That’s a pretty big rocket. In the last conflict where these dune coons revolt one of their rockets blew a 20 foot hole into the side of an all cement house.

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      • mosckerr
        August 8, 2022

        Yesterday was the 9th of Av, a Jewish fast day which commemorates Jewish defeats in wars we lost to enemy armies/nations. The consequence of losing wars for this tiny nation, Jews forced into the status of stateless refugee populations. Refugees living in foreign lands have no rights. The last g’lut/exile of my people culminated after 2000+ years in the Holocaust/Shoah of European Jewry.

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      • mosckerr
        August 8, 2022

        Thank You for that like.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        August 8, 2022

        I never know if liking might could be interpreted badly? It wasn’t meant badly!

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      • mosckerr
        August 8, 2022

        It seems supportive to me.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        August 8, 2022

        Good.

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      • mosckerr
        August 9, 2022

        Why does clubschadenfreude have such a chip on his shoulder?

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  5. Anonymole
    July 5, 2022

    No unbearable heatwave? No deluge? Pithviviers? Looks English, but anything with leeks and brie… Wishing you fair weather.

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  6. john zande
    July 6, 2022

    Just how many languages are spoken around your shed?

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    • The Pink Agendist
      July 7, 2022

      Regularly, three, occasionally 4. But then there are the Dutch/Ukrainians adding another two 🙂

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      • john zande
        July 7, 2022

        Be wild to see an EEG of your brain/s when it’s all flying. I still haven’t even switched mentally to Port.

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      • The Pink Agendist
        July 7, 2022

        I need more and more sleep to calm my brain down 🙂 And now I’m addicted to a weighted blanket which does wonders to calm my mind.

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      • john zande
        July 7, 2022

        Oh, I have one of those! From Argentina. Not sure if it’s actually called “weighted” but it’s fat, and heavy, and it came with the name, Jumbo. Swear it’s like ten sheep were just pressed together. Lights off, next thing you know it’s morning. Bed doesn’t even look used 🙂

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      • The Pink Agendist
        July 7, 2022

        I use a 12kg version full of glass beads. For me it’s been life changing. I can go from 100 thoughts per second to calm very quickly: https://www.livescience.com/59315-weighted-blankets-faq.html

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      • john zande
        July 7, 2022

        Same principle in wrapping babies really tightly. Makes sense, really.

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  7. Bela Johnson
    July 7, 2022

    I grew fava beans last year! Beautiful photo with the flowers. Glad you had fun with your friends. We have partied too much lately as well, and I am on a cleanse right now! 😂

    Sorry, I missed some thing about Mike’s surgery? Hope it goes well. 💕

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    • The Pink Agendist
      July 8, 2022

      We all deserve a bit of fun after all the covid stress! Mike’s having another little cancer incident but it’s on the way to being fixed 🙂

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  8. acflory
    July 8, 2022

    Sitting here, shivering with the cold as there are electricians in the house and I’ve got the doors and windows open to flush out any covid nasties they may have brought in with them. I’m envious of your summer and visitors but not of the heat waves.
    Give Mike a huge hug from me and give yourself one too. 🙂

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    • The Pink Agendist
      July 8, 2022

      Are you in one of the rainy zones that have been on the news lately? Hugs back 🙂

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      • acflory
        July 9, 2022

        No thank god. The floods are all much further north. I think we’re just catching the tail end of it all. I honestly don’t know how the poor bastards in NSW are coping. :/

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      • The Pink Agendist
        July 9, 2022

        Frightening. In the South of France it’s fire season and it’s going strong. This year we’re entering the third heatwave so far. Normally there’s just one that lasts about a week. So goodness knows what comes next?

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      • acflory
        July 9, 2022

        Ugh. Are you affected in Mazamet? And how are you coping with the heat? You’ve never mentioned aircon. I know your house probably keeps cool for a very long time, but it must warm up eventually?

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      • The Pink Agendist
        July 9, 2022

        We go out of our way to work with nature. A week before heatwaves the shutters are closed all day long. The highest indoor temp we’ve faced so far is 25C. The coldest is 12C.

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      • acflory
        July 9, 2022

        Wow…that’s amazing, Pinky. When I was a kid, we used to live in an old double brick Federation Edwardian house with high peaked roofs and massive verandahs, but no insulation. The house would stay cool inside for days, but eventually all that brickwork would soak up the heat and radiate it inside. Luckily we didn’t have many heat waves back then.
        Are you tempted to put in a pool like the one you had in Sotogrande?

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      • The Pink Agendist
        July 9, 2022

        YES! And also air-conditioning and we could recreate those tableaus with people fanning other people with palm fronds – the impediment is Mike.

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      • acflory
        July 10, 2022

        Mike doesn’t want palm fronds? Tsk tsk. I guess a toga is out of the question too? -runs-

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      • mosckerr
        August 4, 2022

        The rain falls in the wrong places. The Great Lakes and Colorado river suffer a tremendous drought.

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  9. redline
    July 8, 2022

    Done follow,, pliase follback

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  10. Ben Berwick
    August 13, 2022

    Sounds lovely – and looks beautiful.

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