Saturday, June 24, 2006

People you know, to market, fennel

Watching someone you know when he doesn't know you're watching. Does he behave differently to the way he normally behaves when you are together?

I remember, (I don't know why she comes into my mind) my daughter Pippa, aged about three, getting on for forty years ago, quite alone and unaware of my presence, rolling a cylindrical laundry basket round the room, and chanting: "to market, to market to buy a fat pig, joggity jog, jiggity jig; to market to market to buy a fat hog, jigitty jig, jiggity jog."

Florence fennel at the farmers market with its feathery leaves projecting from the ivory bulb like a head of green hair.

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