The internet connection came back on yesterday morning at about 7:00. There were several brief outages over the course of the morning, but by noon the situation stabilized and we've found everything working again this morning.
Our house guests, Peter and Jill, have been here since Wednesday afternoon. They are the first friends to sleep here since 2019. We haven't really been out touring, unless you include walks with Natasha out in the vineyard. Instead, we've gone shopping a few times and we've spent the days cooking, eating, and catching up, with a lot of reminiscing. On Thursday I made a big batch of couscous with a lot of vegetables, some guinea hen leg-and-thigh sections, and braised chunks of leg of lamb meat, along with merguez sausages (made with lamb, beef, and spices). We ate more of it on Saturday.
On Friday, we bought blood sausages (boudins noirs), rillettes (potted pork), and rillons (braised cubes of pork belly), a pan gratin dauphinois (scalloped potatoes with cream and cheese), some céleri rémoulade (grated celery root in a mayonnaise/mustard/cream dressing), some salade de betteraves (cooked cubes of red beet and chopped shallot dressed in vinaigrette). All that came from a local charcuterie/boucherie (a delicatessen). Today will be P and J's last full day here, and the feast will continue.