Seichamps / Vannes-le-Châtel, January 20, 2015

To catch up from last night, here’s a photo of Jacqueline taken at the meeting last night. At the end we had cider and galette, the special pastry for mid-January. Jacqueline did a really good job of running the meeting.

Jacqueline talks with supporters talk finishing refreshments

Jacqueline talks with supporters after finishing refreshments

This morning the world was pretty white, from snow and frost.

View from Jacqueline's kitchen, complete with white trees

View from Jacqueline’s kitchen, complete with white trees

View from Jacqueline's kitchen window. In the distance you see the small town of Seichamps

View from Jacqueline’s kitchen window. In the distance you see the small town of Seichamps.

After making the dough for tonight’s crèpes and some specialty with mirabelle liqueuer, we set off for Vannes-le-Châtel and the Maison des Arts Verriers. This is aimed at research and glass blowing, but the shop has a lot of fused pieces. Jacqueline called in advance to find the director and arrange a possible meeting. I took along some of the pieces I’d brought (and will leave with Jacqueline). By chance the regional person for the arts was there, as well, so I had two people looking at the wall pieces I’d brought. The director said it’s difficult to do demonstrations of fusing, fusing isn’t that well known in France, and those who know it think it’s a hobby thing and not something really professional…. At any rate, I left my card.

This group has quite a nice shop and some displays by glass blowers. The shop, the director explained, is trying to develop affordable glass pieces (plates, etc.) to compete with the likes of Ikea, so people buy local artists instead of “made in China” at the local store.

Fused glass sign at the Maison des Arts Verriers in Vannes-le-Châtel.

Fused glass sign at the Maison des Arts Verriers in Vannes-le-Châtel.

We stopped at another huge shopping center on the way home, where we each bought a long-sleeved top on sale. Then on home and dinner of crèpes with mirabelles (sort of a cross between cherries and plums, a local specialty).

Tomorrow I catch a TGV from TGV Lorraine, in the middle of nowhere, changing once and arriving at the airport for my 1:55 flight home. It appears to be on Air France, not Delta, which will be another experience. I haven’t flown AF for a number of years. I’ll be curious to see if there’s more security. The French keep finding more people who may have been involved in the attacks on “Charlie Hebdo” and others.

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