I could count many reasons why it is lovely to spend time with my brother. He is fun, witty, loving and generous..He has transformed his new house in a cosy home. He loves cooking and entertaining and we have met most of his best friends at diner parties that he throws sometimes at the spur of the moment. Today he took us to the Marais Poitevin where his friends Christiane and John live. John is an English man who has lived in France for numerous years and whose French is extremely good. In the photo below, Christiane, my bro, my hubby and John. They are blessed to have their house facing the canal and Christiane was saying how busy the place gets in the summer. Implying that summer has gone, it is true that the temperature has dropped a lot, it feels more like autumn!

 that looks quite quirky with its odd steel bridges, his bent ditches full of water and ‘ragondins’ and its green fields providing sweet pasture to beautiful white horses and sheep. However, we could not understand why the poor horses were covered with flies. 

Back in Niort we went shopping in Leclercq and then my brother prepared one of his speciality, a couscous with all the trimmings. Then I had a dip in the dimly lit swimming-pool.This was rather nice! 

I give thanks to the Lord for an awesome holiday! What about you, what did you do this summer? N.

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