This was meant to be a post as suggested by Jeffrey Yamuguchi's 52 Projects: pictures of Thanksgiving dinner before, during and after. But Thanksgiving didn't work out exactly according to plan. Susan of Soozphotoz explains it best in a lovely post for One Deep Breath. See her photo of the chocolate tart (below).
As for the chocolate tart, she was kind enough not to mention in her post how cutting the hard crust with a knife actually upended the confection, breaking the scalloped rim of the cakestand. And a large piece of glass nestled unnoticed among the chocolate - until I bit down on it! A couple of finger cuts, but no real harm done.
The picture above is of workers cleaning the building opposite us in the courtyard. While hosing the concrete walls, one worker was balanced rather precariously, one foot on the ladder, another atop a hedge. Their noisy machinery provided a lively pre-dinner concert for our guests, Susan and her belle mere Kate.
The photo below is of the French turkey, after its arrival from Monsieur Catois, our favourite butcher. My husband the chef made this bird the centrepiece of a delicious feast - even without cranberries! My daughter also enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner, with her grandparents in the United States.
It was wonderful finally seeing the lovely Susan in person, after months of exchanging e-mail and phone calls. And Kate was such a delight! David and I were entertained by hilarious tales of their adventures thus far in Paris. I get to see them again on Sunday, when they return from a quick jaunt to London. How lucky am I!
So on Thanksgiving, as every day, much for which to be thankful - including friends like you!