I spend my time offering support as needed, looking after the facility, making new contacts, planning events, booking whatever is necessary for upcoming programs and groups, and this year preparing for a major event, VCCA Virginia's 40th anniversary celebration in Auvillar.
Shortly after our move Nancy and David, our new Vancouver neighbours, stop by for a few days of their French road trip. We enjoy getting to know them and scouting the countryside together hoping to find some illusive French birds.
June is not all about work, there is some time for play. John's brother Geoff and his wife Judy arrive from California and we manage to escape to Barcelona for a few days and immerse ourselves in the work of Gaudi and the Spanish cuisine. I find that the tapas is an interesting break from the French meals we've been enjoying and we have an especially wonderful experience when we are invited to lunch by locals, friends of G & J, who take us to their neighbourhood restaurant el all i oli!
Figueras is a sureal ending to
Back in Auvillar John, Geoff and Judy kindly stretch my canvases for my upcoming exhibit while I resume my role as Resident Director.
The annual weekend long festival of St Noé takes place as it has for some 400 years. St Noé is the patron saint of winemakers and the festival is filled with traditions; the planting of a tree, processions, mass, dances, music and of course sampling the local wine.