The snow is gone and Jeudi (Thursday) it will be nice and warm maybe 19 degrees. In January everyone celebrates the Epiphany (don't ask, if it involves food I am there) by eating Galette du Rois. Last year I posted a picture of the Galette and this year I am doing it again because Nicky and Anne were here. Alanea and Nicky are holding the little santons that hide in the galette. Nicky & Anne are from Ireland and live here too. They were very nice to me and brought their little girl dog to visit. Now it is spring and I saw some baby sheep and goats at the farm near where I live.
I could not believe it this morning there was a big snow storm here. We watched the snow fall on our jardin and there were 2 green parrots flying around in the neighbours yard. You don't think about snow much in the south of France but Alanea says anything is possible (after living with Dave she knows about strange things). I did not like it snowing and refused to go outside. I used to play in the big snow in Toronto but here it just does not seem right so I stayed inside. Dave carried me outside for a pee but I ran inside very fast. Dave and Alanea took a few pictures but I stayed in my little couch and looked out of the window. I sure hope that the Mimosas are OK and do not freeze. The Olive tree is Beautiful with snow but better with Olives.
Alanea & Dave took me to Italy for New Years eve, that's me getting cleaned up in the bidet, embarrassing or what. We left on Dec 26 and returned home on Jan 1. We stayed in a nice big hotel that Alanea booked on Marriot rewards points and Dave did all the driving (1300 km in total). The hotel was officially in Ciocco but that is close to Barga where we had NY dinner on Dec 31 at Ricardo's. The region around Barga is extremely hilly. We met Don & Sheila staying at the same hotel and we had dinner together. They live in London, England. Barga is close to Lucca which is an ancient walled city and the home of Puccini the piano guy. Alanea went to his house and saw his own piano. I got my picture taken outside by a statue of Puccini with Dave. Alanea bought wine at a few places because Italian wine is different than French wine. We went to see a monastery built into the side of a cliff, where real monks live. That was cool but we also stumbled upon a restaurant just up the road which was built for randoneurs. The next time we go to Italy we will go further south I think. Let me know if you have questions.