Sunday, October 12, 2008
A wedding that wasn't....
Saturday, October 11, 2008 we were invited to my cousin Philippe's "wedding" as I was told by Marie-Claude. We were to leave bright an early in the morning to follow them by car to Cuers. So off we went, dressed for a wedding, me in a nice dress and small heels and Abigail in a dress and slippers. We met up with my Aunts and Uncles in a little spot near a bridge past another bridge...quite interesting to find, especially with my panache for getting lost. However I found them, after a momentary time of being lost. When we saw everyone in pants and shoes, Abigail asked "Why are we the only ones dressed up?". I found this to be a good question and asked Jacqueline for the reason, since we were all going to a wedding.
"Mais Non!" she cried, he's not getting married...it's his 50th birthday! And on top of that we were heading towards the middle of the country and in the middle of a vineyard! So here we were in the middle of nowhere at Philippe's Cabino ( a small building built for the workers of vineyards to shade themselves and eat a quick bite before going back to work...no electricity or other) There were about 30 of us and we were the only 2 in dresses, quite overdressed as we started trekking through the mud to reach his place.
We had a great time none the less, tons to eat. They even had a lamb roasting on a skewer over a open fire...a big barrel of couscous to go with the lamb, plenty to drink and deserts made by a friend of theirs from Morocco. We stayed there ALL day long and got to meet and visit with family members I had never met before and those that I had years ago. Abigail made fast friends with Julia (Sonia's little 6 yr old girl) and Rudy (her 4 yr old boy), there was also a cat which if I sent you the pictures, you are quite aware of it
....then back in the car for the hours drive after the sunset, waiting for the next time.