The first miguet des bois of the season in pots at Montreuil-sur-mer, France. At the beginning of May, these are perennial favourites in France. I adore miguet des bois and wanted to carry a huge bouquet of them when David and I married nearly five years ago in Santa Fe. But the lily of the valley was $100 a stem(!) in Santa Fe, where apparently they're a rarity. In France, they're five euros per small plant or per small nosegay. A huge bouquet would cost maybe 25 euros. When I was a teenager, I was a fan of Coty's Miguet des Bois fragrance - long before I'd ever seen or smelled any actual flowers of the same name!
Just back from a lovely trip to Montreuil-sur-mer, only to find some unexpected challenges. The elevator or lift is out of order, supposedly for "modernisation." But is anyone working on the elevator to complete this "modernisation?" Of course not! So David and I had the joy of carrying luggage, seven cases of wine, a large piece of pottery and groceries up the stairs.
Then an email from the computer company which recently settled a claim said their cheque was sent to our London address. This in itself was a big error, considering we haven't lived in London in more than six years and all correspondence related to the claim lists our Paris address.
In London, the mail is dropped through a letterbox in the entryway, so only tenants of the two apartments inside the building can receive the mail. In February, someone apparently stole the cheque for nearly £1,000 (more than $2,000), forged my signature and cashed it! Now we begin the tedious process of filing police reports, new claims to replace the stolen cheque, etc. etc. Such joy!
Of course these are all annoying things that can be fixed - no serious problems. But it takes the edge off the holiday joy to come home to such dilemmas. In any event, enough moaning! Our good friends Ralf and Jutta are in town from Budapest, so we're looking forward to catching up with their news over dinner Saturday. And there's a brocante at Eglise d'Auteuil and horse races at Longchamp this weekend. I have several posts and photos to file, as well as reading your blogs. Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!