|Church Saint Lazere, Autun France|
This blog will start with the end of May. If you read last months Blog, you know I finished it early because I was going to the USA.
At the end of May the history assoc had an outing to Autun (in April I had some photos from the pre-trip). Autun was founded by the Romans, and was called "Augustodunum" after the ruler Augustus.
Here are just a couple photos that I did not include in the April blog (because I took them in May!!).
|Panoramic view of Autun|
|Eve picking a pomegranate, from 1139.|
Adam and Satan have been lost
Eve was over the side door of the church
First stop was Ann Arbor and Saline Michigan. I stayed with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law in Ann Arbor, and visited with my father-in-law who lives in Saline (about 15 minutes between residences).
We went shopping, visited and played dominoes. Also we had dinner with a cousin and family, fun to see them too. It had been too many years since I had seen AJ when he was 13 yrs old. Now he has grown teenagers.
My sister-in-law is a great cook and made a great dinner that night as she did every night.
I was treated like royalty and had a fantastic visit. Between visiting and shopping, I was busy and did not take many photos!
The downtown areas of both Ann Arbor and Saline are charming. Makes one almost want to live there.
I have one photo of the puppy Desmond. He is so cute!
|Rocky beach on the creek|
|A day at the rocky beach (panoramic a little warped!!)|
|Another creek view with the road next to it|
|The dirt road|
|an old barn|
|Black Swallowtail - male|
|Deer - had to take this one fast -in the backyard|
|Sky started out blue, but slowly change to grey|
|Building and tractor|
|Fire pink ( but it is red?)|
|Panoramic view from one stop, imagine fall color|
|Hucklebuck's real BBQ meat in Ava Missouri|
|On his way to the train and heading to the mountains|
96° and humid is a little tough.
|Young girls dance line|
|Local band getting organized|
|Grand picnic-many more tables not in the photo|
On Friday night there is the picnic for the photo club. If it does not rain, I will add photos in the July Blog.
And I must note ...
One last note, the neighborhood cat that likes to sleep at our house, is now our cat. The other neighbor who sort of had jurisdiction over Tim is moving and gave us the papers. They thought he was an outdoor cat, and he is not, so that is why he came to our house to sleep. He more or less moved in last November when it got cold. What can I say, I was not going to leave him outside in the cold when he had those big begging eyes, meowing to come in!
|TTC or Tim the Cat|
Recipe of the Month
It is summer and it has been so hot. This month the recipe is not french, but Vietnamese. Not that hard to make, and a light dinner for those hot evenings.
The dunking sauces are varied. I made a hot sauce of Fish Sauce, vinegar, pepper flakes and a smidgen of sugar. Peanut sauce is good too. Easy too look up on the internet and find something to your taste.
Go creative with the rolls too. Leave out the shrimp and add other vegetables. Go for it.
INGREDIENTS(only for the rolls)
- 1 package of round rice paper wrappers (mine had nine papers)
- fresh mint leaves -2-3 per roll depending on size
- 2 to 3 cooked shrimps, peeled, per roll
- lettuce leaves (either nice large leaves (one per roll) or chopped, because small pieces -scraps - are hard to handle when rolling)
- 1 package cooked rice vermicelli, cooled down (mine was the smaller package)
- fresh bean sprouts (optional)
- chopped basil (optional)
- Prepare a large flat bowl with tepid water
- Layout all the ingredients at an easy reach
- Put one rice paper in the water until it is pliable
- Pull it out of water and lay flat, then add; some vermicelli (not too much), shrimp, mint leaves (and optional items) and lettuce.
- Fold side edges over ingredients.
- Then fold in the top (over the ingredients)
- Pull tight and roll ( when done roll again to make it secure - little back and forth on table)