Le ” Week-end.”

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Yet another storm was predicted for this Sunday. Over the last week or so we kept emptying flower pots that had filled up with water. I like rain, especially if it pelts down and makes a roar on the iron roof. I feel things are on the move with weather showing of its dominance over what we are doing. Let’s hope weather will continue to do so and that mankind will fail in changing its power.

In the morning I just had the urge to make a curry. I bought stewing steak and snow peas. We still had onions, red capsicums, kipfler potatoes, carrots and all the spices needed for a curry, including the essential turmeric, fresh chillies, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves and limes. Curries are best made in ‘le creuset’ or cast iron saucepan. Slowly cooked till the meat falls apart.

We thought is best to let it simmer while seeing a movie at the local cinema. Le Week-end was what we decided on. A film about an ageing British couple on a week-end in Paris. I could not hear the dialogue very well. Lately I have found that it is almost obligatory in modern films to have the audio part as incomprehensible and difficult as possible. Perhaps it adds an edge to it. Perhaps it also forces the patrons to pay extra attention to an otherwise lukewarm movie. We found ‘le week-end’ to be lukewarm. It seemed a bit disjointed at times.

The husband was a university lecturer and the wife a teacher. Inexplicably, this English couple in Paris did a few runners from a restaurant and the very chic hotel they were staying in without paying. We could not see the humour in it. Perhaps it was just us. Was their marriage perhaps a bit in need of stealing? Who knows.

The best part, perhaps the reason for the dialogue’s vagueness, was that a storm was lashing on the tin roof of the cinema. Thunderclaps and hail almost broke through the roof. At least, that’s what it felt like. Another spectacular thunderclap and the movie’s visual dropped out while the sound kept going. It is credit to the Australian laconic easy going-ness that not a word of protest was uttered. Calmly and ever so acceptingly the audience kept on sitting sweetly in their seats, some munching their popcorn or licking the obligatory choc-tops. (It must be a harrowing experience to go the whole one and half hour without food)

Finally someone in the audience and near the door went out and must have notified the staff. A couple of young attendants ran up the cinema’s stairs and fiddled with something. The cinematic visuals were restored. Never mind an important part of the dialogue was missing. Everyone was happy. We sauntered out but felt the adventure of the storm and the visuals dropping out more entertaining than the movie. I loved how everyone took the breakdown in good spirits. No one asked for a refund. Smiles all around.

We walked to our car still pouring rain. We switched off the curry and I chucked in some snow peas wishing them to turn bright green but remaining snappy. Un peu de vin rouge, et voila; a perfect week-end.

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18 Responses to “Le ” Week-end.””

  1. petspeopleandlife Says:

    Happiness abounds in a well simmered curry. At least the “luke warm movie provided an excuse to get out of the house.

    I like to hear the rain on a tin/metal roof as well. The drumming of the rain makes a pleasing and even restful sound. But I do not care for hail and the possibility of a storm. ~yvonne

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Just when we thought the summer was over it came back again. Today it is hot and steamy. Having the remnants of the curry in an hours time. I cooked two whole limes in it. Magnificent!
      Hope you are feeling better.

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  2. auntyuta Says:

    Your curry sounds great, Gerard. Two whole limes in it? I think I’d like to try this. Un peu de vin rouge, an outing to the cinema, not bad, not bad at all. I guess you and H know how to get the best out of life.
    Here in Dapto we’ve had our share of rain too over the last few weeks. Also we’ve had today a rather steamy, warm ‘summers day’ as well. But I rather have it warm like this than the chilly, ice-cold South Westerlies during the winter months. After Easter we are probably going to get much cooler weather.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      The curry was nice and the limes did add a spiciness to it. Weather today is great. Going for our walk soon. Hope Peter’s eyes are improving.

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      • auntyuta Says:

        Peter’s eye operation was exactly two weeks ago, Gerard. We think by now his right eye should be much better. Sadly he does not notice any improvement yet. That means he has to see the eye specialist again! He has already another appointment for this afternoon. Peter had been hoping that he would be able to cancel the appointment. Now he thinks it’s better to keep the appointment.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Sorry to hear Peter’s vision is not better. I always believed the removal of cataracts results in improved vision. After my vitrectomy I was told my vision had improved but I know that it hasn’t. I have a clock opposite on the wall whereby I can see the little hand moving with my good eye. In the eye with the operation I can barely make out it is a clock.
        I hope they are not trying to cheer me up by telling fibs. I was also told both eyes need cataracts removed. While I still have fairly good sight in my good eye, I’ll resist another operation.
        Having gone through the expensive private hospital option, I am not sure if the overall care is not more towards making money than it is out of genuine care for the patient.
        Perhaps I am just too cynical?

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      • berlioz1935 Says:

        My eye has not improved but the specialist tells me it has. She is ever so optimistic. But she thinks now it could take two month to fully restore my sight.

        In the mean time she is so exhausted from looking after me, that she goes on an early Easter break.

        Before the operation she told me that the operation is in 97% successful. Being among the 3% unsuccessful feels very bad indeed. I understood 3% means not better than before and not worst than before.

        In the meantime I get used to the fact that in one eye a London fog as settled permanently.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        I am sorry to hear that Peter. Can you still drive OK?

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      • berlioz1935 Says:

        Miraculously, my eye turned good last night. Almost 100%.

        Yes, I am and was able to drive. I wasn’t blind just foggy on one eye. The fog has lifted. I hope for more improvements.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        That’s great news. I shall re-consider my next move. Perhaps in a year or so. Glad to hear that almost 100% vision has returned.

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  3. Curt Mekemson Says:

    Hey, we must be soul brothers. :) I absolutely love rain falling on the roof– the harder the better. And I have made a career of supporting Indian restaurants around the world. Reading about your curry has made my tummy gurgle.:) –Curt

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  4. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Is there any curry left? Sounds delicious.

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  5. gerard oosterman Says:

    Always a curry for friends.

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  6. Lottie Nevin Says:

    You’ve inspired me to make curry for supper. In fact I’m sure you wrote a post about curry a while back? or maybe it was slow roasted lamb with spices. Whatever it was sounded so delicious that I know that I bookmarked it, I’ll have to go and have a look.
    It’s disappointing when films aren’t what they were cracked up to be. As for rain, we’ve had it as well this week, inside and out, We were drinking our morning tea in bed and suddenly it poured through our bedroom ceiling, I think we need a tin roof!

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  7. chris hunter Says:

    Gerard, that business of scarpering away and not paying the restaurant bill, do you think it was a boutique style, lip service to Breakfast at Tiffany’s – when that couple (Hepburn/Peppard) were trying to flog something from the big store? Anyway, I agree, one should pay the bill, how could that invigorate an ageing relationship?

    Curry? Oh yes.

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