Craig hotwired the boat today…..and it started! New diagnosis? Loose connection…..hopefully fixed now.
We were feeling olive-deprived so we drove to L’Olibou (the olive co-op) today to stock up on their delicious varieties….. Lucques, Picholine and Ascolana. It’s olive harvest time so the parking lot was filled with farmers dropping off their bounty…..tubs and tubs of multi-hued olives were on the dock waiting to be crushed. We’re hoping to get back there sometime this week to watch the granite press in action.
From there, we headed over to the Bricomarche in Capestang because Craig needed some supplies for the boat. I love this little hardware store. It’s small but it has just about anything you’d ever need…..all the normal “guy” stuff (tools, wood, paint…) plus myriad items to make a woman’s heart sing (lace for curtains, baskets, vases, houseplants…). For the kids, they have pets (guinea pigs, hamsters, birds, fish and all the supplies you’ll need to care for them). It’s a wonderous place.
Driving to the brico through the countryside, we were awestruck. The fields and trees are so beautiful with their autumn colors……golden, brown and rust. We stopped along the canal hoping to capture this richly colored landscape….. the picture doesn’t do it justice.
We took the north road out when we left the cottage today, but we returned from the south so we were quite surprised to see that the canal between the two locks nearest the cottage was empty! It’s a forlorn sight……muddy banks, lost gear and fish struggling to find their way to deeper water…..none of the joie de vivre that was present during the hot days of summer or of the peaceful calm that descended on the waters during the warm summer nights.
We met an English couple who own a boat stationed just down from ours. They, too, saw the impending signs of canal work and decided to move their boat today. They’re retired and have lived here for six years. They speak very highly of the French healthcare system saying its benefits far exceed those in Great Britain…..that might explain why there are so many British retirees here. They also said the forecast is for a cold winter….so Craig’s cutting back on how often we use the fireplace…..brrrrr!
Our friend, Sue, stopped by with her yellow Lab, Sammy. Felix was nowhere to be found during their visit, but sniffed the living room suspiciously after they left.
Anxious to get the election results, we stayed up way too late. Starting at midnight, the BBC had full coverage of the US elections…..not only of the Senate and House of Representatives, but also the Governors’ races and California’s Proposition 19….the Marijuana Initiative (our old hometown newspaper, the Sacramento Bee, was noted as an information source for the California election). Ted Koppel was on-board as one of their political analysts. I dare say the British know more about our politics than most Americans do. They certainly know more about American politics than we do of theirs.
News from California wouldn’t be forthcoming until 4:00 am, so we reluctantly called it a night and went to bed without knowing if Meg’s millions or Carly’s cash would carry their dreams of office.