Last Saturday I went into town to meet two Chinese girls. I belong to a university friendship project that welcomes overseas students and sometimes families, which is something my husband and I have enjoyed doing wherever we've lived in the UK. We both know what it's like to live in unfamiliar situations abroad.
We went and had a coffee and a chat and because the continental market was in town in the high street we had a look around at the different stalls.
On another occasion I might have bought some plants, although carrying them home on the tram would have proved difficult. I thought that the stall was in an excellent spot and the stall owner had made good use of the stone street seating to display some of the plants.
Naturally I was drawn to the Italian produce and we tried out some samples before I bought some special biscuits and cakes to share. I took some home to be enjoyed during the May holiday weekend. There were family favourites such as the hazel nut and chocolate 'boats', a fruit liqueur sponge and a crispy pastry Sicilian cannolo filled with pistachio-flavoured cream.