Monday, June 15, 2015

Mother - Daughter Time

Pages From Jan's Travel Journal: April 17, 2015

Finally, Darcy had a day off! She was finished with work and school except for a couple of times when she would need to be present for makeup tests with certain students. We slept late and after Darcy finished work on a paper she was writing, we headed out the door to go shopping. I was looking for baby clothes to take home to some of my nieces and nephews. There seems to a baby boom going on in our extended family. It was so nice to wander the shops with my daughter, talking and laughing, savoring every moment together.

A friendly neighborhood kitty.

Darcy had some business to attend to at the prefecture which would take a while, so I walked over to a cafe across from the cathedral, where I enjoyed a cafe creme while doing a bit of people-watching. I was quite content. After Darcy returned, we strolled over to a wonderful bakery on Rue de Bourgogne where we picked up some sandwiches for lunch. Darcy chose the duck breast with herbed cheese and fig jam. My sandwich was pate and onion jam. Both were on crusty baguettes and were quite good.

We shopped a bit longer and then headed home to prepare the crepes for our evening meal. We made buckwheat crepes for the savory gallettes and some wheat flour crepes to be filled for dessert. It was fun taking turns swirling the thin batter around on the pan and watching the stack of finished pancakes grow higher. 

It was fun to make crepes with Darcy.

When Mathieu came home from work, we persuaded him to bring the car around so that we could all go to Mr. Bricolage and pick up a patio set that was on sale there. Now that Darcy and Mathieu have a semi-private courtyard, they were in need of furniture to place outside. The hardware store is on a pedestrian street, so we had to carry the patio table and the four chairs to the parking garage nearby. A couple of men appeared out of nowhere and began to assist us, though we were doing just fine on our own. One of the men was very drunk and kept speaking to me in rapid French. All of a sudden, he leaned over and gave me a hug and planted a big kiss on the top of my head! The other man asked Darcy, "So, how do you like your new dad?" I was shocked and Darcy and Mathieu were angry, but I felt the best thing to do was simply laugh it off. We continued on to the car and stuffed the furniture in. Darcy volunteered to walk home, since the table and chairs took up most of the room in their small car. The traffic was so heavy that, even though we had only a few blocks to travel, Darcy actually beat us home!

When the patio set was unwrapped and placed in the courtyard, we went upstairs for drinks and chips before dinner. The savory ham and cheese gallettes were wonderful! We enjoyed dessert crepes of strawberries and whipped cream, drizzled with chocolate. My, they were tasty! Darcy also made one of chestnut paste and chocolate and Mathieu concocted a Margarita crepe. That was a fun meal.

 A mouth-watering dessert crepe.

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