Yesterday was a flurry of activity at home. Chris and Ron bought some groceries to tide them over in Brittany this weekend and Chris made sure the bedroom and bathroom sparkled for Tom and Terry's arrival. The day was grey and misty, so drying the sheets indoors took some time, but by late afternoon all was ready, even a bread pudding made to use up the old, dry left over bread from the past week.
On Friday evening we came home from La Rochelle to a re-vitalized garden with new plantings. Beautiful geraniums had been planted around all the doors.
There have been several hikes the past week and we can report that the colza has set beans
|Colza plant (brought home from the field)|
There have been several visits to Brissac château in the past couple of weeks.
|wine tasting in the cellars|
|oh, what a beautiful arrangement of wine bottles|
|Grounds of Brissac Château|
|7 stories tall - yikes|
Sunset is getting later and later - it's now light until well past 10. Evening after-dinner walks have become usual for Dave and guests.
It's going to be sad to say good-bye to this wonderful place where we have had such a relaxing spring (if you don't count Dave's propensity to want to see "just one thing more" every day. He's willing to have aperos at 8 and dinner at 10, à la français, but I'm ready to crawl in bed by 10 pm even if it is still light out. Thank goodness we have so many friends and family visiting so I can bow out of some of his over-filled touring days.).
And, it never fails, we're saying we'll never find a place as great as this one and maybe we'll have to just come back here next time. We're surprised how comfortable we were living in the country where even getting bread in the morning involved driving. (You could walk, 20 minutes each way, but that's something only Judy and Janis tried.)
Time will tell.
|hard to beat having coffee in this garden|