So there I was at the end of October, contemplating signing up for NaBloPoMo, thinking how hard can it really be to post every day for a month – a measly little month?!?
Well, to be honest, it's not that hard. Provided you aren't trying to a) hold down a job; b) get some sleep every night; c) see your husband while awake at least once a day; d) go away for a weekend; or e) have a social life. All of which I'm afraid to say I have attempted during November. The plan towards the end of the month was to present you with a series of posts about my trip to the south of France a couple a years ago (drafted but never edited or posted), so as to take some pressure off me and free me up to make and post my WTSIM entry tonight. And even if this had not come to pass (which it didn't), it would probably still have been OK if I hadn't been hosting WTSIM this month (for all you topless tarts out there!). Or if I hadn't spent the past two days in Gascony with friends, eating duck/goose in various forms and drinking my own body weight in excellent French wine. Ah well, 20/20 hindsight.
The bottom line is that I did, and now I am feeling a little frayed at the edges as far as my blogging responsibilities are concerned. My tart is, as yet, unmade – mea culpa. But instead of burning the midnight oil yet again and dozing off at the office tomorrow, I have decided to confess my shortcomings to you all and get some sleep instead.
To everyone who has sent entries for WTSIM (deadline today but I'm prepared to accept entries until mine goes up) – thank you, and apologies for no having responded to your e-mails yet. I am 99% sure I have all your entries and I will be working my way through them and responding to your e-mails during the course of this week. Don't panic – we will find and include your entry if it is lost in space at the moment!
In the meanwhile, and just so that you don't say this was just a filler post, I present you with a series of rather delightful photos of habanero chiles that I snapped recently at Queen's Market, our closest market. For some reason, they were the only thing I photographed that day, although there is a lot more to see at the market; from fresh fruit and vegetables, to Halaal butchers, to fishmongers to… a hairdresser that advertised cuts, blow-drys and the like… alongside a sign in the window that said "smoked fish always available".
Clearly some people are better at multi-tasking than I am.