Monday, November 24, 2008

To start, citrus and a new word.

1. I stare at my starter: deep purple juice runs into the creme fraiche and creates feathered Mandelbrot sets on the pancake.

2. A dish of orange slices arranged in caramel.

3. We learn a new word: limerence -- it means, really, 'fallen-in-loveness'. Joyce (who is a relationship counsellor by day) uses it to explain my complaint that at present Nick and I find it very difficult to get anything done because we're always thinking about each other. Limerence lasts just 18 months to three years, so it could end for us at any moment (this makes it seem all the more exciting). Joyce says that with luck and skill it will turn into an affectionate bond. At that stage we should be able to get the housework down with fewer breaks for kissing.


  1. thanks for "learning me" a new word - limerance is now part of my "love" vocab!

  2. My darling and I have been together for over 9 years and we stall can't make it through the housework without kiss breaks!

    Thanks for the new word. And may you find much joy in the holidays.

  3. Dear Clare, thank you for writing 3beautiful things. I enjoy them every evening and they help me to improve my English. This new word - limerence- is very interesting, but I know my husband since I have been 15 years old and now I am 55 ...and we still stop for some kisses while doing the housework.
    Brigitte from Vienna, Austria

  4. Ooh, I love learning new words, and this is a word about such a lovely time in a relationship. I'm happy single, but looking forward to being ensconced in limerence again.


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