Walt is off to Paris today. He has an appointment with consular services people at the U.S. Embassy to have some documents notarized. Do you know what they charge for that service? Fifty dollars for each notary seal that they put on a document. What does a notary charge in the U.S.? Add in the cost of the train ticket, and this becomes an expensive proposition. But it's necessary.
While he's spending the day in Paris — it takes nearly three hours to get there by train, and the same to get home again — he'll have lunch with friends from Seattle (Dean France and his wife Jean) who happen to be on vacation in Paris right now. And this afternoon he'll meet Ellen, an American friend who lives in Paris, at a café for a few minutes before getting the train back to Saint-Aignan. I think it's been a couple of years since Walt was in Paris last. We hardly ever go there any more.
My collard and kale seeds have come up in the vegetable garden.
There's some shopping to do in Paris, mostly for cooking utensiles. If Walt has time, that is. It's going to be a busy day. Oh, and it's supposed to rain in Paris all day. Showers, at the very least. I'll be staying here in Saint-Aignan with Callie and Bertie. We might have rain too here in Saint-Aignan, but there's less chance than in Paris according to weather reports.
I know we talk a lot about the weather on our blogs (not just Walt and I do, but other bloggers in France do too). It's not just us, either. The weather is a big part of the news in France these days. Yesterday, a main segment on the national news was devoted to how chilly the month of May has been up to now. (Today, they are expecting heavy rains in southeast France, which is Nice and the Riviera, with the Cannes film festival going on.)
Yesterday's news report pointed out that May 2007 was also chilly and damp, and May 2010 was chilly too. I remember 2007 well. That year we didn't really have any summery weather until late August. The vegetable garden was nearly a complete failure — especially the tomatoes. Here I am crossing my fingers for the 2013 summer and garden.