Happy Birthday brother Phil !He’s the one on the right as you look, with the white shirt. This photo of my three brothers and moi was taken at the family get together I told you about last month. Think you will agree I am the best looking !!
Ernst and I had our usual September week at Cap d’Ail with our friends and had our usual great time playing cards, reading, swimming and visits to our favourite eateries. Timing had been arranged so that we would arrive on the coast at the same time as their flight so that we could pick them up at the airport but a last minute puppy transport problem meant that we had a dog cage in the car so they got a taxi from Nice. Would you believe it we arrived at the house, Ernst and I after an eight hour drive and the others after their flight, within ten minutes of each other !
Last week we had our annual Summer’s End apero evening with 40 people for drinks and snacks. I always get stressed out when I have to prepare food for others and find the best policy is to get everyone tiddly before the food is brought out ! A friend brought over a large plate of meaty bits and they were gone in two minutes. Hmm, I fear we veggies have a way to go on the road to conversion !! I love having people round, if only one didn’t have to feed them as well, luckily Betsy (my cooker) was in a good mood and there were no disasters. When everyone had left Ernst and I sat and Ernst – a man of very few words – said “I think that was good” which in Ernst speak means “Wow ! What a blast” ! The great thing about inviting a crowd is that you suddenly get many invitations yourself shortly after and this time was no exception !!
Dogs, well not so many adoptions last month, probably everyone adjusting to school starting again and the end of the holidays. News from Gavaroche is that he is doing just great. Take a look at the adoptions page, there are many lovely dogs in need and if it is a puppy you are after then hold on just a couple of weeks, we have taken in a litter found in the forest and they are just adorable. We just need them to have their vaccinations with no after effects before they go up for adoption. At the other end of the scale there is Aska, the gorgeous German Shepherd who is eleven going on six !
Indie the beautiful Beagle came down from Paris and is keeping everyone amused. She is so happy to be out in the countryside away from the city and spends her time charging around, ears flapping playing with puppies, cats, geese anything that comes her way. She’s so precious and I am sure that by the next news page she will be adopted.
A lovely Australian couple have been in constant touch over the last couple of months. They have been ‘doing’ Europe and picked up a stray dog in Italy who they have taken travelling with them. However, taking a dog back to ‘Oz’ is rather complicated so they asked us if we could find her a good home. It was arranged that they would bring Banshee to Danielle’s today to hand her over and they turned up in their van ready to say goodbye. Yeah, right, the poor girl was in floods of tears, the guy didn’t look good either and soft as butter me soon had tears running down my cheeks too. Result ? Well the necessary will be done to get Banshee back to Australia unless someone really, really fabulous comes along to adopt her . Banshee is a beautiful large German Shepherd with perhaps a hint of Husky.
Just time to remind you about our Halloween Book Sale on Saturday 29th October (watch out for the witches !) at the Salle des Fetes, St. Pantaleon (five minutes from Montcuq in the Lot). 10 am start for fabulous book bargains, plus dvd’s, plus home made cakes, plus, tea, plus coffee, plus snack lunches (with veggie option) plus …. well what more do you want ??! Please get in touch with me by email if you have books to donate /deliver/collect. We aim to make this one our biggest and best !