11 December 2007
A visit to Barbier's salon
I stand corrected on the quince question. Quince trees there are in the U.S. Here's a map from Wikipedia showing the major centers of pear and quince production in the world:
I'm going to see Mme Barbier down in the village this morning. It's time for my semi-annual haircut. Well, it's a coupe semi-semestrielle visit, really. I go about four times a year. Walt went yesterday.
Then it's time to go get some wine. I'll go up to the coop in Saint-Romain-sur-Cher, about 10 km north of Saint-Aignan, to get some Cabernet Franc red, some Chardonnay white, and some rosé made from Gamay and Cab. Franc. Then we will have to bottle all that.
Walt told Mme Barbier all our gossip today, so I'm not sure what she and I will have to talk about. We usually talk about all the English and American people who live around here, or who visit often. Mme Barbier seems to like to keep track of all the comings and goings.
What's for lunch? Biftek et haricots verts. Pan-seared flank steak with a side of green beans. And also a little confit d'oignons. That's slow-cooked onions and could be called stewed onions I think.
It's cold this morning: 1ºC or 34ºF. Walt is taking Callie out. The weather is turning colder and drier. Good.