Thursday, September 2, 2010

Au Revoir, Meryl!

We said goodbye to Meryl early this morning. She is headed off to Paris for a couple of days with friends before returning to the U.S. It was sad to see her go as she is a lovely person and the five of us have had a fun week all together. It's hard to believe a week has gone by, the time has flown so quickly. Before she left last night, she presented our hostess Gwen with these lovely flowers, which are now adorning the dining room table for us all to enjoy.

On the plus side, it means we can all fit into one car now so hopefully that means no one will get lost or left behind. It also means that Kate and I now each get a room to ourselves, as I moved into the room Meryl left and Kate will remain in the room we have been sharing this past week. Not that we haven't enjoyed bunking together but for two people who are used to living mostly alone, it's nice to have our own space.

And what a lovely space it is, with a sweet little writing desk, two twin beds (one to sleep in, one to pile all my stuff upon) and a big armoire. This is the first time I have had a room facing the street in Durfort, I am interested to hear what kind of "street noise" there might be. I will definitely be able to hear the church bells chime the hour and half hour more clearly, without the roar of the tumbling cascade behind the house blanketing the sound.

We had a quiet morning at La Cascade today, followed by quiche for lunch at the local bar/restaurant called "Le Cyrano." (did you notice the vintage fooz ball game on the right side of the photo?)

Afterwards, we drove to the book binding village called Montolieu, which is about 20 minutes away by car. It wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be (I'd been there two years ago for a brief visit and thought I might have missed something in our haste back then but it was pretty much the same this time around) but we did enjoy ourselves, walking up and down the narrow streets and alleyways, taking pictures of doors and windows and doorknockers and shutter hardware as well as checking out several book stores.

On the way home, we stopped at the grocery store in Revel to pick up some supplies (you have to buy those bagettes daily, you know, or they go stale otherwise). The first time Gwen told me she was going to the casino, it was early Monday morning and I thought perhaps she might have a bit of a gambling problem, until I realized that Casino is the name of the store! :)


TeeJay said...

This is Major Tim from Ground Control. I've really enjoyed following you all. I feel like I am on vacation too. That was a little unusual, playing the serial phone call game between Los Angeles and France, but it worked. I just Gmail chatted with Meryl in Paris, she is heading out for the day and I am going to bed. You and Kate are really making France come alive. I drag my MacBook around everywhere and show off your pictures. My favorite: "The Quench". I'm digging up our driveway right now to put a little stream in the middle of it.

Cynthia of Cynful Creations said...

Tim, so glad you are following along with us via blog. Next time, you must come along with us! I look forward to seeing photos of that quench you are digging.