On Sunday March 2, Benjy turned 7! To celebrate, I had a few friends over to share some homemade goodies (for recipes, see Comments section): a berry crumble, a ginger chocolate pear cake, and scones; I served the latter with some honey bought at my local farmers' market from a passionate beekeeper (who drives down to Provence every summer, beehives in tow, to bring back some fresh lavender honey come fall...). Among the friends who dropped in was Mademoiselle Green with some champagne!
My ipod played upbeat jazz standards by Blossom Dearie and Billie Holiday, tangos by Carlos Gardel, hits by Blondie, The Smiths, Madonna, The White Stripes, Björk, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris (whom I have worshiped since childhood) and more, as well as some swinging baroque music and Bollywood's catchy Kajra Re.
And today, March 3, I celebrated another birthday, that of my dear sister, Céline!