I peeled off my pink Marigold gloves and, with aching shoulders and feet, staggered downstairs to Tod saying I'd had more than enough of stripping flocked jungle paper off the back bedroom walls and please could we go home for lunch.
Up a ladder in the lounge, surrounded by strips of bright orange wallpaper, he agreed. So, locking the front door, we set off home in our two cars (extravagant I know, but we'd been running different errands).
As I turned out of the side street I met a queue of traffic crawling through the town centre, every other vehicle a white van. This was unheard of. We never meet heavy traffic in town - particularly not on a Monday when most of the shops are shut.
Then I happened to notice the clock on the dashboard. Three minutes past twelve. Ah! The Frenchman's rush to get home as soon as possible for his two-hour lunch.
And we're doing the same! We've gone native!