1/ In a situation like this, is it best to stand or deliver?
While staying in a small country village I realise, to my great regret, that the traditional Easter soaking of Smingus Dyngus is far more rigorously enacted than it is in Warsaw when I find myself cornered by a vicious gang of six year olds.
2/ If one swallow maketh no summer, then how many storks maketh a spring?
Could Laurie Lee or John Constable have come up with a more evocative country scene? Not with storks they couldn’t. After all these years, and so many trips to Mazury region in April or May, the stork is now firmly established as my favourite Polish icon. Did I tell you I once met Laurie Lee? Visited his apartment in Chelsea after we’d filled it with soot because we were working on the chimneys he shared with our building site next door!!
On closer inspection. Quite a few of them around this year as far as we could tell.
3/ Do Poles have sweet teeth?
You can judge for yourselves by seeing the action inside and outside the cake & ice-cream shop in Łomianki @ Easter weekend. This was the biggest show in town.
4/ Knowing that this is a Polish road (difficult to believe being as it’s so flat), what’s missing from this picture?
a) Drunk on a bike
b) Hooker in fluorescent hot pants
c) Mushroom sellers
d) A deer about to hit your windscreen
e) All of the above