A READER, Barbara Glassborow, writes from Kernascleden in France to point out that fresh milk is available in Brittany. 'It is usually to be found next to the butter in shops and supermarkets,' she says. 'Here we have three sorts: red top, which is full cream; blue top, which is skimmed; and green top, which is lait ribot - soured milk that the Bretons like to drink while eating crepes.

'A lot of British people don't know about green top, which gives rise to the local legend that British people like their tea with soured milk.' She says wholemeal bread is also easily obtained: 'Ask for pain complet.'

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