Here in Normandy the first true sign that fall is approaching is les pommiers which are absolutely loaded with apples--it looks as if they might just bend over and touch the ground. Basse Normandy, where we live, is in the Calvados region--'Calvados' is an apple brandy, served both as an aperitif and also as a meal ending 'shot'...and it really does pack a punch! When I am in the mood--I much prefer 'Pommeau' which is the girly-liquor version of Calvados--which is a mix of apple juice and brandy; milder, sweeter and not so strong....
This past weekend--the gorgeous October weather inspired us to make plans to hang around outside and throw an impromptu "Paella" party--not so French, I know--but we LOVE paella and have been dying to try out our pan that we bought at 'Sur La Table' in Seattle, right before moving. ('Sur la Table'--French, non?)
Here's how it turned out ....
You may notice the vintage bottle drying rack that became the centerpiece for the table. I couldn't resist using it--and that night it was fabulous with the little tea-lights lit.
If you think I seem to be procrastinating about sharing Sunday's brocante adventure--you are right. On Sunday morning--after waking and recovering from the soirée of the previous night (ie-cleaning up)....I let 'French Guy' chose the venue for the day--a small sale in Le Havre. Small? Yes. Sale? Yes. Brocante.....or even remotely 'French Vintage'......uh.....no. I am not letting him chose again. It was a total strike-out...it was a very well organized (and indoor!) junk sale; perfect only if you were looking for used toys, clothing, kitchen appliances, or baby equipment--not so much for those of us looking for shabby, chippy, cottage, farmy, Frenchie.......Quelle dommage. 'French Guy'--you are fired.
Well that's it then mes amis. I would say 'tune in this coming Sunday'--but I am not sure what the day will bring--this next Sunday is my birthday! Remember? Another reason why I love October? So I may just have to be forced to stay in bed on Sunday morning where I will be served hot coffee and warm pain au chocolate ...surrounded by my perfectly behaving, bright and cheery 'enfants'....who present me with hand-crafted birthday cards that I read while sipping my Mimosa...all while having my feet massaged.......ah, well.....a girl can dream.
Bonne Semaine, mes amis!