Friday, September 28, 2012

Only in France...

Last Friday was the fête de la gastronomie here and was celebrated in various ways.  Here's what the sparkling mineral water Badoit came up with.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Mechanical Music Museum

Today we went to a quaint town called Northleach, in Gloucestershire with our family friends to see an award-winning museum called The World of Mechanical Music which walked us dozens of self-playing musical instruments covering three centuries.

Demonstrations included restored barrel organs, barrel pianos, musical boxes, polyphons, automata, reproducing pianos, phonographs, and gramophones shown in a period setting and maintained in perfect condition.  It was fascinating!

Here's a picture taken in the street outside of the three people accompanying me.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

In the garden

Family news: Sarah and I were up in England for a couple of days to see relatives we've grown especially fond of over the past years; some of whom are experiencing health "issues" and whom we wanted to encourage.

We're now back home and had a wonderful visit with them all.  I'll post another picture tomorrow but here's the first picture for you taken in Rosemary's back garden; a picture tells a thousand words and she is looking very well!  We had glorious sunny weather the whole time—as you'd expect this time of year in England!

Saturday, September 08, 2012


Claire has been asking for a goat for some time now because she wants to go back to making cheese.  Today we answered an ad we found for someone that was selling one—a female (of course) and just a few months old.

She is not of the Alpine breed that we had before but an older race, original to this area, Chèvres des fossés.  She fell in love with her as she saw her photo and calls her Mignonne.

Here she is :

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Seen in the paper

Rebecca and her glorious crew of singers hit the old folks homes in the region today — and much to their surprise got their photo in the newspaper Ouest France.

What a delight they must be to all the residents!