I have been home for a few days now, and still have not posted about my amazing journey. A few of my correspondents had been wondering why. But there is no great mystery. I had an excellent time in France, but wanted to put my photographs up with my account of it. As my camera is still traveling with my assistant Giles, and will not be home for another week, I was going to wait.
But there are a few things that should be shared right away, with exclamation points.
Marzipan shaped like apricots and tasting like, yes, Apricot Brandy!
A doll of the Fool, complete with Ratsy on his scepter.
A balloon flight over Epinal, including a brush through the uppe leaves of a an oak, and flying over a nesting area of crane-line birds that had nested in the tops of trees! They were not pleased to see us!
Dinners and luncheons with friends both old and new. With a shock, I realized that some of these people have been my friends for ten years now. Others are more recent, and a few friendships are tiny seedlings just planted this year. All of them, I hope, will yield me harvests for years to come.
The weather was kind, the second Magic Mirrors structure a marvel, and oh, how Imaginales has grown in just ten years.
And why do I always meet English speaking writers inFrance? I had the pleasure of meeting Brandon Sanderson, N K Jemmison and Peter Brett, and reconnecting with Trudi Canavan, to drop a few writerly names. I saw old friends Delia Sherman and Ellen Kushner as well.
Chocolate, books, and many other gifts were showeed upon me. I was glad we had brought such a large suitcase!
So, those brief words will have to do for now, and when my camera arrives home, I will share images that are worth thousands of words of description.
To those who made me feel so welcome and made my visit so wonderful, a thousand thanks!