Thursday, June 22, 2017


Last Saturday, aside from the drama with Callie, we enjoyed a visit from a friend from our time in Paris in 1981. Since then, she's gone on to build a successful career as a French teacher in the US. "Seine Judeet" is her screen name when she comments on the blogs. We call her Judy. She was traveling in France with her sister, B., and her brother-in-law, D. Ken spent the day with them first at the morning market in Saint-Aignan and then on a visit to the Château de Chambord.

Judy on the right, her sister B. on the left. Solidarity!

After the day of touring, they came here for drinks and nibbles. Unfortunately, Callie had her paralysis and we had to rush her to a vet. We were grateful that Judy, B., and D. agreed to stay and sit with Tasha while we did that. When we got home with Callie, we brought her up onto the deck with us while we spent the evening sipping wine, eating, and reminiscing.

Ken and B. getting into the spirit.

We stayed out until after dark, which is after ten-thirty p.m. this time of year. It was a great time, relaxing, and we enjoyed getting to know B. and D. The reality of what was happening with Callie had not yet hit us.

I'm sure I said something very witty. Yes.

I hope that Judy and her sister don't mind that I post these photos. I didn't get a good shot of D., so I apologize for that. We are very happy to have had that evening, seeing an old friend and meeting new ones. It was great fun!


  1. Such beautiful photos. Glad you were able to enjoy each other's company.

  2. Agree with Mitch; that's what friends are for...:-)!

  3. What fun to wake up to these photos :) We'll always remember our wonderful visit with you two, and how peaceful and beautiful your home is-- that terrace was such an inviting spot! I'm happy to think of Callie sitting there with us :)

  4. Hello Walt! What a delightful surprise to see our evening here in your pages :) I'm glad we were able to have such an enjoyable dinner together, complete with miss Callie by our side, while we all hoped she was on the mend. I'm so glad to have finally met all of you, and can't thank you enough for hosting us on Saturday. It was a highlight of our whole trip! Warmest wishes from D & B (aka Notch)

  5. Good memories mixed in with sad memories, so often the way.

  6. Friends make everything better.

  7. mitch, it was much fun, and took our minds off Callie's injury for a while.

    jan, :)

    judy, I'm glad she got to spend the evening with us.

    notch, it was great to meet you and D. and we hope if you're ever back in France you'll look us up!

    andrew, true.

    chris, yup.

    john, :)


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