Saturday, June 23, 2012

Summer must be here

We've been looking forward to this summer, wondering how we'd manage with all the activities, trips, and visits that are planned!

This weekend we realized that summer must be here!

Saturday Sarah went shopping for cloth in Le Mans.  Rachel was coming in from the Czech Republic for three weeks so since I had to go pick her up at the train station we went together.  (Any excuse for a little "honeymoon"!)

Her train was due at one thirty so that gave us time to visit our new favourite restaurant in the old town for lunch.  It's speciality is cuisine bretonne so Mum had a galette aux trois fromages that she's had before and they do especially well in this place.  I had a goat's cheese salad and we shared a bottle of cidre brut which was simply delicious!

At half-past one we were there to greet Rachel who has grown since we last saw her two years ago—she's quite a pretty girl, and very talented, as we found out when we got home!

Well, tomorrow is the kermesse at Olly's school, Monday is Thanksgiving, and then Tuesday Kimberly arrives for a three-week-stay.

You see, I wasn't joking about a busy summer! It's going to be busy, but a lot of fun!

I'll try to get you a picture of our thirteenth Thanksgiving Day on Monday—maybe even a shot of the whole family.

So the day ended very memorably as I decided more or less at the last minute to go buy some pizzas and we'd celebrate the start of the summer madness with all of us together.

We called on the Gautiers to come on over with their three children (of course) and then told Patrick he could stop by too.  We even called on the widow Gorteau down the road but she was busy and gave us a rain-check on it.

Well you have to try to imagine the fun and ruckus and shouting and running and games all over the back yard!  I had a dozen pizzas and a couple of tarte flambée too, just for good measure.  That and a few bottles of rosé and we were all set!

Rachel and Rebecca are at a comparable level in piano so you can imagine the concert the rest of us were treated to with Becky on her flute being accompanied by Rachel on the grand piano!

Thank the Lord for such a wonderful time!


  1. I can imagine and it must have been a wonderful time! I'm not sure who Rachel and Kimberly are - have they stayed with you before? Is this just a vacation for them? Have a wonderful "start of the summer" - I think it is going to be a busy one for us as well.

  2. Woah a new grand piano? I'm jealous over all the fun you guys are having.

    And Derrick, really, a goat's cheese salad? I have never known you to partake in those :)

  3. Yes, Kevin, I almost didn't add that unnecessary detail. :-)