The weekend trip exhausted us…..the crowds, the heat and the long drives took their
toll….so this week was spent relaxing at the cottage. But it was far from boring!
An unwelcome visitor awaits us in the mailbox every day. A wasp lies in wait and zooms out as soon as the box is opened. It’s always one wasp….never two or three. We wonder if the same wasp uses our mailbox to escape from his daily chores or if wasps are, indeed, as dumb as doorknobs and a different one gets lost every day.
and were surprised to see a boat with an American flag docked in front of the cottage.
The barge, L’escape, is owned by an American couple who divide their time between France, Maine and Florida. They’ve spent the past few months moving the boat from the Loire (Chateau country) toward it’s new mooring in the Aquitaine (home to Bordeaux wines). They were as happy as we were to hear a familiar accent…..with the exchange rate so weak, I guess there aren’t too many Americans on the canals this year.
The days have been hot, but with the evening comes a cooling breeze….so we enjoy our aperitifs outside on the patio. The perfect drink for these hot days is the one we discovered last week in Le Somail…..an icy cold blend of rosé, Crème de Pamplemousse and Crème de Mure…..a concoction so potent, we need to take care not to drink more than one….or perhaps two….of them.
As the sun sets, we adjourn to the cottage to make a light supper and watch a bit
of telly before we head off to bed.
The Italians have a phrase for these simple, blissful days….. “il dolce far niente”…..the sweetness of doing nothing.
“Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”
~Hans Christian Anderson