We are going to have a busy week, with trips to Tours and to Romorantin, a haircut for me in the village, and all of our other routine to keep going. Dog-walking, cooking, eating...
So for a week or so I'm just going to post one photo a day from among all the photos I've taken in our village over the past 10 years.
Above is a photo of the New Year's ceremony that we attended yesterday in the village meeting hall (it's like like a church social hall in the U.S). Three things struck me about the people in attendance: (1) They were definitely a senior citizen crowd (I'm a senior citizen now too, I guess) and there weren't many young people at all. (2) It was a remarkably homogeneous crowd from an ethnic point of view (all white European) but I guess that's rural France. And (3) they all seemed to know each other (this is a very small town).
I was also surprised to see so many people in attendance, since there are only 1,100 people living in the village. I think most of these people grew up together here, and many of them are cousins, I'm sure. We saw many of the people who live in the village that we actually know. Several of them are in the wine business. Another was the father of a friend of ours who died suddenly 1n 2009. Others were people who work or used to work at the Mairie. And then there were several of our nearby neighbors in the crowd — including the mayor and her husband. The atmosphere was relaxed and festive.
At one point in her annual report, the mayor thanked those who had contributed photos to the slide show that ran on a big screen during the entire ceremony. She included us by name, thanking « mes voisins, Ken et Walter... ». She was obviously doing everything she could to welcome us and make us part of the event.
You won't believe this, but we didn't stay for the verre de l'amitié, the glass of wine served at the reception following the meeting. We had another engagement, unfortunately.