~ Tom has a lovely new audiologist, who is fitting him with a new appareil auditif - a so much nicer term than 'hearing aid'. It is matt grey, which is also nicer than the old shiny beige 'flesh- toned' ones. (Whose flesh? I often wonder, remembering the infant teacher I sat in with in early training days, who put a pot of lurid pale pink mixed-up powder paint in front of a group of 5 year olds, including the only black child in the school, and said 'There, that's for doing people's faces.') As he is acquainted, or re-acquainted, with a new range of sounds, his face brightens: 'This is exciting!' he says. In a rapidly shuttled mixture of French and English, we try to describe sound impressions, and agree that, as for smell, there really aren't enough good words in either language.
~ So many delightful pictures from yesterday's walk I can't choose between them. So for now
~ a quick study of the aforementioned Japanese-looking stoneware bowls, melted butter for the use of, dipping asparagus, artichokes etc. Or, as tonight, tartare sauce. Or soy. Or whatever. (They are small, no more than 8cm diameter.)