Les visiteurs kindly pose for a photo. We had the great pleasure of Di and Gert's company this week. They were in Paris from Belgium to meet Di's daughter and granddaughter(!) - at Charles de Gaulle after a very long flight from New Zealand. (Yes, Di's much too young to be a grandmother). While Di and Gert are very different, their personalities complement each other in so many ways. David and I were completely charmed by them both. David had been hearing me talk about Di for a long while and was pleased that she more than lived up to her billing. And after a lovely dinner cooked by my personal chef (uh, that would be my husband), Di and I stayed up until 2 a.m. talking.
You may be familiar with Di's excellent blog A Wandering Woman. She is a talented photographer and honoured me by taking some photos of me, in between her incredible shots of Paris scenes. She sees a photograph everywhere and has been known to lean rather dangerously into traffic in an effort to get a good shot.
As a disclaimer, I must say when we were walking through the Bois du Boulogne late Tuesday afternoon, I didn't expect Di to suddenly urge me to pose for photos, nor did I expect her to scamper up on top of mounds of dirt to aim her camera. While I wasn't really in the right frame of mind for having my picture taken - especially without the aid of hair and makeup professionals - Di was so gently insistent, I acquiesced and am glad I did. Will post one of Di's photos later. Check out her fascinating blog for some fabulous shots of her Paris trip and her terrific photography website.
Di and Gert brought us delicious treats from Belgium: some favourite cookies, as well as lots of deep rich chocolate and Belgian beer. And as if that weren't enough sweets for one week, a package arrived Wednesday from the delightful Terri of Tinker's Art! It contained Girl Scout cookies from her adorable "grandgirls," Felicity and Serenity.
According to Terri, her Girl Scouts are quite the little Francophiles and excited at the prospect of their cookies traveling to Paris. But I'm sure they were not half as excited as I was to receive the Shortbread cookies and Thin Mints! Thin Mints! Remember those? I developed a fondness for those cookies when I was a Girl Scout, many moons ago. And I'm waiting until the guests that arrived this morning go home before opening all this deliciousness. Yes, David and I are going to be selfish and keep these Belgian treats and American cookies all to ourselves. French pastries? Pshaw! Girl Scout cookies and Belgian chocolate trump any day. Well, at least this week...
Oh and Terri also sent me a beautiful handmade Paris-inspired card, an inspiring art card and a copy of one of my favourite magazines. Yes, I'm spoiled, spoiled, spoiled at the moment. Merci bien to Terri and her "grandgirls" and to Di and Gert for their thoughtfulness and generosity!
Yes, I know I should keep cookie crumbs away from the computer! Treats from Terri of Tinker's Art and her "grandgirls" are shown. The photograph is for the "grandgirls," to assure them their cookies made it safely to Paris.