Here are a few more photos I took in Auxerre back in 2001. Twenty years ago... unbelievable. It's fun to think about making another big life change. Moving back to a city or at least a big town. The reality is, it's going to be a while. As long as we have a dog and a cat, we'll stay here. When the 15-year-old cat is gone, we'll see. Tasha is a barky dog, so it would be hard to live close to neighbors, or in an apartment. For the next five or six years, I'll just have to take care of myself and try stay in good shape so I can deal safely with our two staircases. I'm 72 years old.
Getting contractors (artisans in French) to show up and do some of the work on the house and yard that we have signed bids on would help my morale a lot. The back yard is a mess, because we've been in waiting mode since last winter and work is not getting done. Walt mows, so that's not bad, but the vegetable garden is a disaster. With all the rain and chilly weather (it's still chilly here) tall weeds have taken over and the tomatoes are rotting on the vine. Oh well... some years are like that. This weekend we got our new kitchen stove. I think Walt plans to post pictures. It's an induction model. Yesterday I cooked an Elizabeth David recipe for pork tenderloin medallions with prunes and a cream sauce — which she says in her book is a specialty of the city of Tours. It was good.