It's been five weeks since returning from Crete, but my blog is still there. Today I intend to catch up with what has gone on since then, albeit a bit briefly. Fall was very much in its glory upon our return to France from our Mediterranean holiday. Most of November was very mild. It is only in the last week that the temperature has dropped and mornings are frosty and evenings spent next to the fire. What I share today is from the season that has just recently passed.
Quinn and Zinnie came to stay with us on their school holiday at the beginning of November.
We spent many hours up at the garden inside the playhouse. There is a hatch in the roof and the kids can scramble out onto the fortification wall. There is also a periscope that allows you to see who's coming along the path on the other side of the wall.
Days were mostly spent out of doors
Building sandcastles by the lake in La Ferté-Bernard continues to be a pleasant way to spend hours and hours. No one ever wants to leave.
The site is only about a fifteen minute drive from home, but we hadn't been there in years. We picked up some salads, bread, cheese and cold cuts and were able to have a very pleasant picnic there. The day was divine.
The site also has an interesting museum and often hosts events.
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Another very pleasant event which took place in November was a visit from two airline attendants, who had heard about Maison Conti over a year ago from a relative who was a passenger on one of their flights. They had kept our card that long and when they happened to have a four day stop-over in Paris a few weeks ago, decided to come see us and take a photo-etching class while they were at it. What fun for us!
This time of year we have only a few visitors, and it makes it especially nice for us, as we can really get to know our clients, especially if they stay for a couple of days, and best of all if they decide to spend a day with us in the atelier.
The ladies took to the technique like ducks to water. I was quite impressed with their enthusiasm and independence.
Susan and Jeanne have known each other for years. Although Jeanne lives in LA and Susan in Seattle, they often fly to Paris together.
We spent a very pleasant day in the studio together and both Susan and Jeanne created and printed up two images.
We were all happy with the results.
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When no one is in residence here at the Maison, we have gone to Paris to continue to help Emily and family with projects in their new house. The last time we went, it was the poignant tail end of fall. Another beautiful day, just as the thermometer started heading south.
We arrived in Paris with two wild birds, given to us by some clients who had come to do some hunting in our local area. Although I felt sorry that they had lost their lives in their prime, I have to admit that they were delicious.
We went downtown with Emily and the kids. We had an errand at Charbonnel, near Notre Dame. It was another gorgeous day.
The show goes on for two long city blocks and the sidewalk in front never ceases to be jammed with people, especially at this time of the year.
The children had never seen the displays before.
We went inside Printemps to get a coffee. We had a most pleasant interlude at Ladurée, a very upscale café. I took a photo of the crowds from one of the upper floor windows and put an antique filter on it. Somehow that seems appropriate.