Ordering drinks in Spanish


We are at the flat.

Everything has worked out fine: the journey, our connections and now amazing sense of space. We unpack and go for a walk to find our bearings. Our host has left us a bottle of fizz to say welcome. Soon there is the sound of a cork popping as we drink in the last of the evening sunshine.

But I can tell the book is not happy. ‘Shouldn’t we be working?’ it says.

‘Of course,’ I say. ‘Tomorrow. For now, though, let’s just concentrate on this. Being in the moment. Look at that sunset!’

‘You always say that,’ the book says.

And with that, the book vanishes.

I don’t see it again till the next afternoon, looking very much the worse for wear. It has been for a walk into town where it got lost and went to a bar.

‘I’ve had a fantastic time!’ The book is pacing around and waving its arms. ‘You should have been there! I found this incredible American bookshop. It sells only American books! Incredible.’

The book is rootling in the kitchen drawers. It picks up a knife, thinks better of it, puts it away again.

‘Aha!’ it exclaims. ‘Crisps.’

The book is off again, marching round the flat, stuffing its mouth with crisps. ‘These crisps are amazing,’ it says. ‘Where’d you get them?’

‘We brought them with us,’ I say.

The book ignores this completely: ‘I can order drinks in Spanish!’

‘But we’re in Holland,’ I say.

‘The bar was Spanish,’ the book says, enunciating each syllable as though to a two-year-old.

At which point the book collapses on the sofa and begins snoring, spilling crisps everywhere.

‘We’ve got a whole week of this,’ I say to the empty flat.


  1. This is great, it made me laugh out loud! I wrote this last summer at our home in France, A holiday home…

    The simple things I call my own,
    The hoovering, the mint that’s grown,
    The wash machine,
    The rack of books,
    The shoes I clean,
    The dirty looks…
    In rural France,
    The air, the sun,
    The letting go, and just begun,
    Emulsion paint upon my hair,
    The place the cat’s sick on the stair…
    The make and mend we do together,
    The chores that don’t respect the weather,
    The dead birds in the fireplace,
    (That finally I have to face)
    The cobwebs on a furry nose,
    The bushes where the lizard goes…
    A life completely self sufficient,
    In which I’m badly inefficient…

    Keep having those converstaions -they are priceless to follow 🙂

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