Louis Sergeant

A variety of macarons in different flavours and colours

I saw Louis Sergeant at the vegetable market the other day. He was selling a variety of macarons, some croissants, some pains au chocolat.

Louis Sergeant used to have an inner-city patisserie where delicious dessert sculptures and pots of artisanal tea were conveyed to your table by bright-eyed women in black aprons. The cabinet presented at least a dozen options with shiny mousse spheres, gold flakes, and curved pieces of chocolate. I thought $14 was a rip-off until I tried one.

Then Louis Sergeant opened a second patisserie about two hundred metres away. They both closed within six months, and it seemed like that was that.

But here was Louis Sergeant himself, previously unglimpsed, peddling fine French pastries in a packed carpark alongside greengrocers from Levin.

“Got plans to open another shop soon?” I asked as he bagged a pastry.

“Yes,” he said, after some hesitation.

“My wife and I really miss your patisseries,” I said.

“Thank you,” he replied. “2019 was…” He grimaced and didn’t finish the sentence. I could only imagine the disastrous spreadsheets and red numbers flashing before his eyes.

“I hope 2020 is better,” I said.

“Yes, me too,” said Louis Sergeant.

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4 responses to “Louis Sergeant

  1. > He grimaced and didn’t finish the sentence. I could only imagine the disastrous spreadsheets and red numbers flashing before his eyes.

    I have no idea who Louis Sergeant is, but this also made me chuckle.

    Nice to see you blogging with some regularity – I guess the twins have grown so you have a tiny bit more spare time?

    • Cheers Matt. It’s more that I’ve changed my mindset from posting things on Twitter and Facebook to posting things on my blog. These little posts only take a little longer than crafting a decent FB update or tweet, and I’m finding them a lot more satisfying.

      And thanks for letting me know I’ve buggered up the comments on other posts — fixed now.

  2. Also, comments are switched off on your other posts, otherwise I would have left a comment on Cheezy Weezys too.

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