Posted: 07/09/2017 at 10:51
Good morning! Have read back but it's pages so I'll just say Hi and hope all are well but Pdoc - I agree, can't sum up a life or a personality in an email so keep it brief and suggest a meeting somewhere neutral. Then you can take it further or not as you see fit but do remember, it's not his fault he's an unknown half-brother but he does share half your genes. He may turn out to be a kindred spirit or someone with whom there is no spark of connection at all.
Came home to ecstatic dogs, purry, cuddly kittens and a tired OH. He'd been busy all day clearing up after the tree surgeon. We are now minus 2 big ash trees, both too close to the house and one badly damaged by winds. Lots of mess but we'll have plenty of firewood and mulch.
3 days of chateaux were fun but exhausting. We started at Ussé - inspiration for Sleeping Beauty tale and very pretty with a small garden now used for cutting flowers then headed to our hotel in Tours and a lovely evening in the old town. Next day was Chenonceau which is definitely on a grander, royal scale and has a photo of a big ginger cat at the entrance and a warning to all dogs that he is on guard. Beautiful chateau for powerful women and with 2 stylish, formal gardens plus the maze and green garden and farm. Amboise is stunning and definitely a place for a powerful man with commanding views and a feeling of security and formal grounds all surrounded now by a lovely little town.
Clos Lucé, down below, is where Leonardo ended up and is fascinating - gardens full of his experimental engineering from flying machines to locks, bridges, water management and gardens full of trees and shrubs to give him light and shade and perspective and now hung with his drawings and paintings. Fabulous. Ended up with Azay-le-Rideau which is a little gem. We stayed in Tours which is a lovely town full of well preserved old buildings but also newer stuff which the planners have kept to scale and matched the traditional colours of materials. Lots of pedestrian bits, trees, trams and bridges over the Loire and a lively centre full of bars and restaurants spilling outside.
Now to get Possum ready for going back to Namur with all her stuff. First tho, a check of my beds and pots.