Friday, November 20, 2009

News from Courtiron

News today was quite varied: I heard the Airbus 380 made it's first flight from Toulouse to New York with over 500 passengers (apparently they bought their tickets by auction!).

Europe woke up to the appointment of two new politicians to represent them at the highest level: someone called Herman van Rompuy will now be our President (starting January 2010) and someone called Catherine Ashton will be in charge of Foreign Affairs — I guess, a sort of Secretary of State or Foreign Minister or something similar.

Well, we'll just have to get to know them as time goes on — no one seems to know who they are, at the moment. As usual, there's a lot of criticism of them and the way they were chosen, but you can probably tell that I'm not concerned much one way or another.

Thirdly, I bought a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau this morning (24-hours late!) called Pisse-Dru which surprised us all at noon. Beaujolais has its good years and its mediocre ones but I was suspecting this was going to be a good one after hearing that they were picking grapes in the Médoc in August — a good two weeks ahead of normal. Sure enough, I'm now starting to hear people compare 2009 with some of the golden years I can remember, like 1982.

Well, this bottle so took me by surprise and was such a pleasant wine that I went out and bought another to share tonight with everyone else who wasn't here at noon.

You may have guessed that I'm referring to Raphael, in particular. He's been gone for two days to Bordeaux to visit a new customer we have acquired down there. I can't give the details here but it is going to entail a lot of work on our part — and they want it done soon!

Another one missing at noon was Jonathan, who's been working every spare minute on his "new" house. He's started logging his progress on his own blog which I've added to the list on the left. You can also go there from here. Raph left early yesterday morning and was back this evening. I drove him to Vaas yesterday and picked him up there again tonight since he traveled down there (4 hours) with Laurent from the mother company.

This afternoon, after picking Christopher up from school, I was greatly surprised by a call from Alan, from Darvell! We had a nice little chat and got caught up on some of our news and the whereabouts of another couple we knew who have moved to London, apparently. It is a great pity that he and Marcelle couldn't have stayed longer than they did, but the Lord knows and we may not have seen the end yet.

Lastly, I must tell you that we sold one book — see my last entry! I had 25 printed up for ourselves and friends but I was very pleased to see an order come in from outside — from a dear brother in Germany we've been corresponding with. He won't be disappointed in the book, that's for sure!

Good night from all of us here. May the Lord Jesus give you his peace.

1 comment:

  1. I´m very proud of my son-in-law who has started a so gigantic and fascinating project. Good luck! Yahweh bless!