After a dentist's appointment with bad news, I bought bright orange and yellow ranucule to cheer myself up. In a similar vein, recently I found a black-and-cream linen "new hat" to update an old lamp. It reminds me of a mod '60s Courreges dress - the kind that Audrey Hepburn might have worn in Two for the Road. Or perhaps something the Mad Hatter adopted in Alice in Wonderland! Notice a pattern here: when feeling miserable, shopping might help.
I came home to find that Joan at Rivanna River Days has been feted with a well-deserved Thinking Blogger Award. In turn, she has honoured me with another Thinking Blogger Award! Her warm words definitely helped dispel any lingering gloom.
What amazing connections the Internet allows! I received a lovely, encouraging email from an American woman who'd stumbled across my blog when searching Google images.
Earlier this week I had a message from an academic in Paris who was hunting for old typeface letters as an anniversary gift. He needed them in a hurry and neither I nor my friend who owns an antique shop could think of any place in town that sells them, other than the flea markets - which don't open until the weekend. So I offered to part with some typeface letters purchased recently at Chatou.
Late yesterday afternoon, he came over to choose the ones he wanted. It is hoped the intended recipient will be as pleased as the buyer and the seller were!
Have you seen the hilarious French film Les Visiteurs? If not, I recommend renting it for a good laugh. All the actors are superb, particularly Jean Reno and Valerie Lemercier.
At the moment, we are beseiged with les visiteurs! Ah, April in Paris... Three friends are in town from other countries and we have guests staying with us from now until April 20th. These are the last of our "B&B" overseas guests, as indicated in my post Weekends Only. In between these groups of old friends, David and I have the special treat of hosting another blogger, Di Mackey and her husband Gert, briefly visiting from Belgium. I'm so excited to meet them; Di and I have been communicating via email for months and commiserating about politics and some of the bureaucratic woes of living in countries not our own. Originally from New Zealand, Di is a fantastic photographer. Check out Woman Wandering to view her work.
Besides playing hostess, I have writing deadlines and dental appointments. But I intend to keep posting at least one piece per day. I will try my best to read and comment on your blogs as usual - although don't be surprised if comments are left at odd hours, like 2 a.m.!