In the wider world it’s been a time for revealing secret alliances with the US, the UK and Australia banding together against China with France and ultimately Europe the victims. COVID continues to dominate news as the UK presses ahead with booster jabs while many countries have little or no vaccine. Discussion in Switzerland has been centred on the obligation to present a Covid vaccination pass in some public places like restaurants, cinemas and museums. As for me, it’s been an ‘artistic’ week with a tour of the open-air sculpture exhibition in Môtiers, a visit to the workshop of Sens’Egaux who are active, amongst other things, in recycling and repurposing, and a rapid visit to the Galerie Jonas. On the menu this weekend, a tour of the spectacular Grottes de Vallorbe followed by filets de perche at the Source restaurant nearby. And writing? Resisting the temptation to launch into The Boy in the Book, I’ve continued editing Bursting with Life!, preparing it for publication. I’ve also completed the layout of Huguette’s book, Chroniques Congolaises.