31 October 2022
30 October 2022
A big branch fell out of one of our neighbor's poplar trees a few days ago.
And there are still hundreds of mushrooms in evidence all around the vineyard.
I decided not try to get to Super U or the outdoor market to buy groceries, because both are on the main route to the zoo. I ended up driving over to Valençay instead. It's an hour-long round-trip, but it's a pretty drive and there was little to no traffic along the way. Since the Peugeot is running nicely, I enjoyed the drive. The town is famous for its château, its goat cheese, and its wines. One thing I noticed was that there were a lot of people out gathering wild mushrooms in the ten-square-mile forest on the northwestern edge of Valençay.
29 October 2022
28 October 2022
27 October 2022
26 October 2022
Since I bought a second car (a Citroën) in 2015, I don't drive the 206 very much. And since the beginning of the pandemic I don't drive that one much either. I did the math yesterday and realized that for the past two years we've put about 145 kilometers a month on the Peugeot — less than 90 miles — and about 95 klometers a month — about 60 miles — on the Citroën.
25 October 2022
24 October 2022
On the left above is what we see as we go through the back gate to walk in the vineyard.
On the right is the view of our back yard and house looking in the opposite direction.
On the left above is the vineyard parcel closest to our house, which is behind the tall trees on the upper right.
The plot of land with the propriété privée sign on it is a small orchard on the north side of our house. Some people from Brittany own it. They used to come regularly to cut the grass and pick ripe fruit, but it's been a year or two since we've seen them.
Today is the big day for the 22-year-old Peugeot: it's contrôle technique time. My fingers are crossed, because I'm hoping it won't need any major repairs. My mechanic says it might need a couple of shock absorbers to the tune of 550 euros. It's a car we drive to places that are no more than 15 miles from home. We have another car for longer trips. I took the Peugeot out for a 25-mile drive yesterday. I also calculated that since its last inspection 23 months ago, we've driven it about 80 miles a month. That's less than 2,000 miles in two years.
23 October 2022
22 October 2022
Here's a recipe:
4 whole eggs
3 oz. flour (100 g)
1 cup milk
½ cup cream
5 oz. grated cheese (150 g)
onions, meat, mushrooms, vegetables, etc. for flavor
Sautee the flavor ingredients and let cool.
Mix eggs, flour, milk, cream, and cheese together and pour over the flavor ingredients in a buttered oven-proof dish.
Bake for 35 minutes or more at 375ºF.
21 October 2022
I took these photos across the street in our Blois neighbors' yard as Tasha and I were out walking one morning earlier this week. These neighbors have a big plot of land that slopes steeply down to a ravine with a stream at the bottom. Altogether, I think they have five acres, half lawn and half woods.
20 October 2022
19 October 2022
18 October 2022
I just checked the rain gauge and saw that we got another 40 mm (1.6 inches) of rainfall overnight, after getting the same amount on Saturday and Sunday combined. This is the third time, I believe, that we've had water on the garage floor since we moved here in 2003, but as I said, never this much before. Luckily, only one cardboard box of papers got slightly wet.