Now in May we are watching current developments. First of all, springtime is advancing. Flowers are blooming and it's getting close to the day when — according to local traditional — we can safely set seedlings out in the garden plot for the summer. That's May 15. Meanwhile, all around us, wide expanses of colza, the cabbage variety (a.k.a "rape") whose seeds are used to produce canola oil, have been blooming bright yellow.
We are watching Natasha's progress too. She's our new puppy and is only 10 weeks old. Tasha and 10-year-old Callie are getting along really well, and Natasha and Bertie the cat are friendly too. Training and learning to live with a new puppy is a lot of work, but it's rewarding and it's going well.
Finally, the French presidential election campaign will come to a conclusion on Sunday. We are watching closely, and with a certain amount of apprehension. Some of our friends and neighbors are very concerned (or hopeful!) that the far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen, just might get elected. I don't think it will happen, and I hope it won't. We don't have the right to vote because we aren't citizens, but if I could cast a ballot it would certainly be for Emmanuel Macron, the centrist candidate. We still haven't
found made the time to complete and turn in our citizenship applications.