This was in return for two bags of Jersey Royals we simply expected to drop off as gifts.
We left one bag at their gate last time we were here, and went to drop off another today. This was fortuitous on two counts.
The first being we only just arrived yesterday and forgot today would be a bank holiday and the supermarkets would be shut, so no food shopping other than the local convenience store which is excellent anyway.
We dropped off another bag of Jersey Royals today to our neighbours. Their sons and friends had been Trout fishing this morning, and were dividing up the catch, to which our neighbours gave us three of the most beautiful trout.
Two were females with extra pink flesh and one male, slightly smaller and slightly paler.
Duly cleaned red with the blood vein taken out and wrapped in foil on the BBQ these made a wonderful evening meal. This is the best trout I have ever eaten.
I wonder if real trade deals could be so simple.
The French have a similar sandy grown potato from Isle de Noirmoutier, which is highly praised and very tasty, but it isn't a Jersey 'fluke'. A specific home grown potato that just happened to be kidney shaped with the most wonderful taste.
Combined with French local caught Trout and some mayonnaise a match made in heaven. Of course a glass of French wine was needed to set off this banquet.
I wondered at this event.
We all love to trade and barter. Perhaps a gift of what we have that is the best we can export is the best way to secure a demand for more. Trade shows and tastings being the obvious route for produce.
Jersey Oysters are another export we have to France, although ours are a little too salty and ozone packed for the French market, so they condition them for three months in their waters for The French taste. I wonder what the French would actually make of the superior flavour before they are 'conditioned'.
I love coming to Brittany, I am sad to think the French government will cut trade, and cause good Brittany farmers to fail because of beaurocratic prejudices over the British vote to leave the EU.
Please that good hard working French people have a say in negotiating with Britain over forthcoming trade.
All of us need to keep our trade links and livelihoods.
We may not be in each other's pockets with our French neighbours, but today they made me feel wonderful, and full of fresh trout, which until now has never been a favourite of mine.
Sweet dreams, blessed sleep, and pure refreshment for your coming day.