In a moment of wild folly a few weeks ago I said I'd do a session on Cassini maps to our local newcomers' club - in French.
So over the last few days any moment not taken up with weeding (rain and sun and the weeds are going "whoopee") was spent on putting together a powerpoint presentation and then painfully translating word for word what I was going to say. An hour of sheer terror when I thought I'd deleted six hours work didn't help. Thank heavens for the IT section of Total France and a calm suggestion from Debbie: "look in the recycling bin". Then Yvette and I went through it all in yesterday's French lesson. I took Tod's slot as well as mine, as our progress was slow.
Anyway I did it last night, to a small friendly audience who seemed to catch some of my enthusiasm for these amazing maps and seemed to understand most of what I said.
So today it's just great to pootle, catching up with gossip on the forums I read, posting to a couple of blogs, including an update on the house restoration. I can even look with equanimity on the new batch of weeds that I'm sure weren't there yesterday. I may go out and pull up a few. Later.
And Now the House