Saturday, December 30, 2006

Have been away and tired from enjoying myself.
Reims France hmmmmm ........

Let me know if you are planning a visit
I will tell you about some great places.

Last night we ordered a set menu - three courses

we received eight!

all small

all colour-full
I take photos of every course

Joan tuts me every time I click

but I want to remember and it is so easy to forget.

Juliet Bravo

We have a family buzz word
as above.
Juliet Bravo comes out with us
us two and the Sheilas - whenever we are out - together or apart.
Juliet Bravo was the name of an old UK TV series about a policewoman called
Juliet Bravo.
She is ever present because Joan is always talking to me
but looking at everyone else in the room.

The Sheilas do it too

(come on - you do it too!)

people watching ........

Last night we had a table for two in this restaurant - in the centre of the room.

It was a place with several rooms and as well as us,
there was a table with five, in my eye line,
and a table of eight who had wires attached to Joan's eyeballs.

They were an extended family with a new girlfriend invited.
She was the one, Juliet Bravo told me, who was slowest at ordering her meal - slow to talk - quiet all the way through.

My eyeballs drifted towards the five who were a nuclear family.
Mum Dad and three grown up children.
Even with the help of Juliet Bravo - we had difficulty in keeping track of the eight courses we were served AND the eight served to the other 13 humans!! :-)

Interesting - they all had Champagne with their meal .........
and we did of course!

We had some fun as well as some good grub.
All these extra courses were little taster type things.
WOW - these French humans know how to eat-out!

One amazing course was the cheese trolley.
It had a choice of 20 cheeses.

I could go on a rant about it all - but I will spare you ......

We really had a great time and the hard driving home - through the driving rain ......... no problem.

With iPod music of course.

New Years Eve - we have some friends around for food
and Champagne at midnight.

Hope yo are ok as the clock turns tomorrow ........... it would be great if we could stay close .....

I leave this as we step into a new digit
which is always
a step along



Travelled .........
"Grace strikes us when we walk through the dark valley
of an empty and meaningless life…
year after year, the longed for perfection does not appear,
when the old compulsions rage within us as they have for decades,

when despair destroys all joy and courage.

Sometimes at that moment a ray of light breaks into our darkness,
and it is as though a voice were saying,

‘ You are accepted.

You are accepted,

accepted by that which is greater than you,
and the name of which you do not know.

Do not ask for the name now;
perhaps you will find it later.

Do not do anything now;
perhaps later you will do much.

Do not seek anything,
do not perform anything,
do not intend anything.

Simply accept the fact that you are

If that happens to us,
we experience grace."

paul tillich