It's been many months since visiting with you via this blog. I've resolved to try to be more communicative, starting today. I have a little catching up to do, but going forward, I hope to more regularly keep you in the loop with what goes on in our little village.
This year, due to the rather dramatically cold winter, we had a bumper cherry crop. We couldn't keep up with the harvesting. James, who is in Paris for the whole month of July, visited for a few days at the beginning of the month and took the lead in picking and processing.
He spent an afternoon making preserves and desserts. They were absolutely delicious, both as fruit and prepared delicacies.
Puttering in our garden, a five minute walk from the house, is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. The patch is behind the castle walls, where few people walk past and there are no houses in the immediate proximity. The avian life is boisterous and butterflies of many sizes and colors are abundant, not to mention the bees, the lizards and a determined mole who share the space. We can't get up to the garden every day during our busy time of year, but we appreciate every opportunity.
Quinn and Zinnie spent some days with us while their parents were at work in Paris. We actually shut down the business while they were here so that we could enjoy our time together. James came along too. we went boating on the lake in La Ferté-Bernard, we went to nearby water slides, we played games, did art projects and read together. Quinn is eight this year. Zinnie is five.
One afternoon we took a ride through the forest of Bellême in an antique cart driven by two Percheron horses and guided by the mayor of a little town on the edge of the woods.
At home, we spend what extra time we have in the atelier. Rick has taken up a new hobby, dying with natural dyes. He's been able to create a rainbow of delicious tints.
I repainted the print room earlier this summer, making it fresh and cheerful. Rick helped me create a new copper wall, which you get a glimpse of in the photo. It's made from old copper etching plates that I've collected over the last many years. I had an idea they would make a very nice wall covering, and they do.
Since I haven't posted here since France elected a new young and dynamic president, I will close this week's communique with one of my favorite political photos, borrowed from the Guardian Newspaper. It was taken by the photographer Eric Feferberg and depicts Macron giving his State of the Union speech in front of the congress in Versailles. The French really do know how to do grand.