Birthday Party

As far as I know, libraries in England do not celebrate birthdays, but after the English class on Tuesday, Isabelle, the librarian invited us to come back on Thursday at 5 o’clock to celebrate the opening exactly one year ago.

pouringIt was more a champagne party than a tea party though.

There were seven of us – the volunteers  who help out at the library and Isabelle had provided the champagne and a gorgeous prune and nut cake – served from the paper. gateaux2 Marie-Claude provided the glasses and a ‘cake’ flavoured with bacon, cheese and olives. 

It seems that the term cake is used frequently in French for both sweet and savoury versions but whereas gateau can be used for the sweet ones, the ‘salé’ varieties are always ‘cake’.

Then, of course, we think about the wonderful gateaux produced by patissiers, such as this one, which we bought to celebrate the birthdays of our friends from the next village:

birthdaycake

It tasted as good as it looked and was wonderfully light.

The library ‘tea party’ was a charmingly informal gathering and after a couple of bottles of champagne we were all nicely talkative.  By coincidence the new library cards had arrived as a ‘birthday present’. They mark the beginning of plenty of work for Isabelle and her  volunteers as all the books must now be issued with a barcode. She entered the six of us on the computer but if we borrowed a book it was still a case of the old card system

By half past six all the cake had gone and there was only little of the gateau left. We thanked Isabelle and took our leave.

On the way home CC remarked how unusual it was for a library to allow eating, drinking and laughter.

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5 Responses to “Birthday Party”

  1. tillylil Says:

    Wow that looks delicious!
    I get so envious of your French food and drink get togethers.
    How do French women stay so thin with all the high calorie nosh on offer.
    Hope you are now recovered from your op. X

    I wish I knew the secret of staying slim when there’s temptatioin on offer every day. Leg is on the mend thanks.

  2. Pat Says:

    Fun fun fun! How civilised are the French. A votre sante

    Yes, I certainly have no regrets about living here, Pat.

  3. Keith Says:

    Eating and drinking in the library? Mon Dieu! People will be going in there to read books and the papers next! Where will it all end. .

    Books, yes, but no papers. The library is only open three and a half days a week so maybe it’s not worth ordering daily papers.

  4. Shelby Says:

    oh it does look so fun! enjoyed visiting here today.. cheers.

  5. guyana gyal Says:

    What a lovely idea, a FRIENDLY library.

    Can’t imagine that.

    Oh, I wish you could meet our librarian. She’s absolutely lovely.

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