Sorry for my long absence, but things at the office are quite hectic ... with a new re-organisation in view, hardly one year after the previous one. We don't know what to expect, but in the meantime we are asked to maintain 'business as usual'. There is one positive point though: as from November 12th we are switching to teleworking: 1 day per week for those who are 80% (like me) and up to 2 days per week for those who are working full time! This means spending less time in traffic jams and an extra hour of sleep one day per week.
I still owe you an answer to last week's enigma. Susan and Antoinette came very close indeed. The rapier in the photo belonged to a left-handed swordsman. I have many more photos and stories to share about the Cinq-Mars castle, but don't feel up to it right now ... with All Saints' Day coming up next week; which means ordering flowers for the cemetery, getting them there, cleaning up the family tombs... But I promise you'll get to see and read them soon.
I'm still catering for my mother, whose mobility remains a problem. She has her 'good' days (like today), but also her bad one's, after sleepless nights due to the pain she is suffering. I do my best, taking care of her shopping and administrative chores, cooking lunch on Saturday and Sunday and ... spoiling her with her favourite cakes (not home-made but utterly delicious).
Next week my friends B. and J.L. will be coming over for lunch. I'm planning some nibbles, a roasted goat's cheese with honey and a salad, followed by a spicy home-made chili con carne. During their recent visit to the Loire Valley they bought some Loire valley wine for me at the 'co-operative' at Amboise. They'll be bringing it and I intend to open a bottle or two to celebrate the occasion.
Finally, here's another 'insolite' photo taken on that Wednesday in June ... after our visit to the Cinq-Mars castle. It's a 'dino' ... (mind you, not Dean Martin, although his 'Chapel in the moonlight' would have made great background music in this particular location). Any idea where we were?