We now have a deadline.
The Beaune wine cellar under our apartment building at #19 rue Rousseau Deslandes has to be ready for May 17th.
Well, because Franck and I have scheduled the official “baptism’ ceremony for the cellar (including naming a cellar
godmother and cellar godfather – essential procedure as far as cellar baptisms
go in Burgundy) for May 17th
and have already started inviting people.
Tip: This is sometimes, especially when you have three kids and a very busy life, the only way to get a renovation project finished.
As a consequence the cellar work has been going full tilt over the last few days. Franck and our mystery cellar expert have installed the ancient stone sink and stone washboard for rinsing off the glasses after a tasting.
I picked out the dragon’s mouth bronze tap. Chouette, non? Even better – it works!
The next task is installing the metal door over each individual wine storage “block” (there are 18 in total) so that everyone can have a key to their own independent wine stash. You can see these “grilles” leaning against the wall in the above photo.
I have to say that Franck and I are very, very pleased with how the Beaune wine cellar is coming along. I think we actually may have it ready before our May 17th deadline, which would definitely be a first.
If you want more information about becoming a member of the Beaune wine cellar – the official name is being revealed at the baptism ceremony – which includes renting a wine storage unit (or several) and enjoying free access to the cellar for entertaining and tastings, just contact me directly.
In the meantime, in vino veritas!
Children and brocantes, otherwise known as antique fairs, are not a great mix. Not only does there tend to be a lot of breakable items at brocantes, but as children generally don’t have a house or apartment of their own to furnish, they find them fist-gnawingly boring.
This is why I don’t go to nearly as many brocantes as I would like. Then again, it is probably a good thing I am reined in by my bevy as my bank balance could never support the extent of my brocante addiction.
Of all my favorite things to do in France, going to brocantes comes pretty darn high up on the loooooooong list.
Not only can you find beautiful, one-of-a-kind stuff at bargain prices, but even if you don’t buy anything you walk away with a whole new appreciation for the way life was lived in France for the past several hundred years.
Besides having more permanent brocante stores per capita than any other town in France, Beaune also has several big brocante fairs ever year in the covered market halles just across the street from the entrance to the famous Hotel-Dieu. These fairs are always extremely popular for both locals and antique aficionados from farther afield.
And guess what? There is one coming this Easter weekend on April 11,12, & 13th.
And if you miss that, here are the dates for the other Beaune antique fairs in 2009:
Beaune Antique Fairs 2009: Sous Les Halles
May 30-June 1st
October 31-November 1st
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You guys are far too clever! Hardly anybody fell for my Pam Anderson April Fool’s joke (well, my little sister Jayne, but only for about five minutes and she has the excuse of being pregnant which as we all know does odd things to one’s brain chemistry).
Although I had a lot of fun concocting the “Pammy and Her Heels Come to Villers” post I have to say it is going to be hard to ever top my April Fool’s post from last year
Life has thrown us a few little “jokes” of its own this week. Nothing major, just discovering the car needed a surprise overhaul, Clem has come down with some scourge that seems to include sleep deprivation for everybody concerned, and there was a leak in the wall of an elderly neighbour’s apartment in Beaune that we have spent the past two days helping her repair.
So no Frenchitude
this week malheuresement
. Must go and retrieve crying, sick baby from crib now.
As my other sister says, shame about those little black rectangles. So what do you think? Do you think the video is for real or a montage?