Today is the 40th anniversary of the day Walt and I consider to be the beginning of our life as a couple. We moved into an apartment together on Capitol Hill in Washington CD on June 1, 1983. We had returned to the U.S. from Paris, where we met each other in 1981, a year earlier. And tomorrow will be the 20th anniversary our move to France in 2003. In the meantime, we had left Washington and moved to California in 1986. We bought a house in San Francisco in 1995. Thanks to that house, which we sold for a nice profit in 2003, we felt like we could afford to retire from the work world, buy a house in the Loire Valley a couple of hours south of Paris, and move here for good.
I was out in the yard this morning at six o'clock taking pictures of plants and flowers growing out there right now. I wonder if anybody saw me. If so, I'm sure they wondered what in the world I was up to. The blue bell flowers and pink roses above were growing here when we moved in. The blue geraniums on the right are some that Walt planted out there about five years ago. The hens and chicks below were given to us by a friend named Gisèle who we met a month after coming to live here. She passed away last October. The cactus and the elephant bush on the right below are descendants of plants CHM brought me from California in 2004.