Alanea is the other way. Dave is shown in this historic photo drinking his 1st Coors Light since Sept 2010. The 1st Canadian visitors brought him a can. The brought 2 other brands but Dave is saving them for George from Denmark. Nice, 3 nights in 1st class accomodation, food, wine tours and stimulating conversation and all Dave gets is a can of Coors Light. It was worth it and Dave would do it again. Alanea did all the work and Dave took the glory.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Holy invasion the Crawford / Birtch nee Silcox clan descended on Villa 24 on June 14th and Alanea & Dave were very happy. It was fun to see the family, Dave's 2 sisters Dianne and Joanne and their husbands Bob & Warren. I went with them everywhere except the Frejus market but I have been there and it was too hot for me. I liked the attention and only barked a few times to let Dave know that they were coming for breakfast. I got my picture taken at the Chateau D'Esclans with everyone. We ended up at Chateau Palayson speaking to Alan about his experiences as a wine maker and historian. The 1st Christian church in France was discovered on his property. Dave always saves Alan for last because he really likes Alan and the wine is great for anyone who enjoys a more robust northern, warm by the fire at night wine. Alan's wife Christine is nice to me but she has a problem with Alan sometimes.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
So when Dave went out for his morning run little did he expect to see Marcel. Dave was running hard up the hill toward Domaine de Plane, a vineyard close to home, when much to his surprise Marcel was standing there looking at Dave. Dave nearly crapped his pants because Pierre, Dave's running friend from Paris, had told Dave stories about Sangliers and other wild beasts in the forest. Dave thought that Marcel was a wild and hungry or horny beast and went to the office at Domaine de Plane to report the danger. After much gesturing and terrible Francais the owners started laughing. They said that is Marcel the pet goat (with massive horns). He is tethered to a tree so that he can eat grass and not run off into the wilderness to have wild, noisy goat sex with unsuspecting female goats (or runners). Needless to say Dave was relieved to hear that Marcel was not wild and even happier that Marcel was tethered. Dave had just shaved his legs for cycling and did not want to be mistaken by a near sighted, long horned, randy billy goat for hot female goat playing "hard to get". The vineyard owners drove Dave down the hill and all was well. The story of Marcel.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Alanea is a bookworm! She is always looking for books and decided to create an English book library in Roquebrune Sur Argens. This is the first contribution of 250 books from Alice. Alice and her husband (I think Leon) donated the books. Now Alanea has too catalogue all the books and find a place for the library. This is a big undertaking which could involve lots of wine, cooperation by the Mayor and advertising for more book donations. We love France and the people but reading books in English is easier for now.
In Ontario, Canada wine and spirits distribution is highly regulated and sales are prohibited through any outlet other than LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) stores. In France Dave and Alanea can buy wine like we buy gas for the car. Dave still cannot buy Coors Light but there is light at the end of the tunnel John our friend from Switzerland found the Nectar (Coors Light) in Zurich and will soon be here with the Dave's favorate brew. In France we have discovered many excellent wineries restaurants and new friends. I like it here, Lola lives across the road (I will get Dave to take her pic, she's is a Boxer), Enzo lives down the street he is white and fluffy. There is a big guy that live up my street but I told him who was boss a few days ago.