Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Who ever guessed?

We have news! Our lovely little Lili is now Louis lV! We got this message from the wonderful people who have had Lili, whoops, Louis lV in their care for the last two weeks:

"Lille, la chat, turns out to be Louis iv(after your street #).He was becoming cautiously social with us by the time we left La Tonnellerie.However, we are all very concerned about him being left in your house.He loves to climb your curtains & he has made some ‘pulls’ in your Pashminas,which were draped over the back of your Chair in the salon.I have tucked them away under the sofa cushions.Upon our arrival, we found a broken jam jar on the kitchen floor & he had torn up an entire roll of paper towel under the sink! So, you see, he is as curious as a kitten on his cavorting journey to adulthood!!! We were totally entertained each evening at about 7pm.He romped & rolled & has learned to climb your newell stair post.He all but swung from the ropes on the stair."

Can you imagine such a sweet face could cause so many laughs?

Oh, the Allens and their friends were wonderful to take care of her, whoops, him. He may be on a new adventure to a friends to become a vineyard kitten. I wonder if he likes wine? Who knows what will be next if his lifetime. Maybe, he will rejoin us the next time we visit.

A Bientot,

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Do you feel the crispness?

We have returned to Colorado and would you believe that all the dust I ran away from in August was still in the house? The biggest problem with our return was the lack of pastry with our lonely morning coffee. Waking up to Pikes Peak is always a pleasant sight upon our return and this morning it had no snow. However, within two days, the peak was white. Alas, it did melt, but with more snow expected to arrive this evening.

France was beginning to show signs of autumn with a crispness to the air. Here, we have basked in the sunshine and warmth of autumn. Our Virginia Creeper, climbing up our fireplace, is a vibrant red. The deer have enjoyed our summer tomatoes and the fox has visited us every evening hoping to find a leftover morsel of food. Robins are gathering for their journey south and the golden marigolds are giving us seeds for the spring garden.

Pikes Peak is always a friend who welcomes us home.

After meeting wonderful new people, eating more of the delicious foods, and picking the 2008 wine, we can't wait to return and sit in our courtyard with a glass of that wine.

As I did not have time the last week to write about more of our pastry tastings, I shall have to continue the blog a while longer. The last tasting had us return to each of our favorites, a very difficult choice. I hope you will enjoy hearing more about our adventures and misadventures in France.

A bientot,