We returned to France and were warmly welcomed back by friends and easily fell into the casual, comfortable lifestyle we
We slowly prepared JoLi' for our cruising season. We were still undecided as to our route for the 2005 season. We enjoyed
catching up with our friends Claude & Karine Sixt and marveling at how their children Lucas and Camille had grown since the fall
Claude helped Lisa select and plant the onboard flowers for the year. Instead of one type of flower or one color, we mixed
varieties and colors and resulted in a spectacular garden. We'd always had a pretty good herb garden on the back deck, but this
year Claude added to the garden by giving us two tomato plants. The people we passed on the canal during the summer would
always compliment us on our flowers and then they'd see the tomatoes and laugh, and laugh.
We spent a day on the Canal du Centre with friends Patty & Don of Maria. We cycled along the bike path, helped them
activate the deep locks, and Joe took lots of photos with his new camera of the beautiful french countryside.
We attended Lucas "kermesse" (school fête), in which his class did a little performance in which they were mice, and cows,
or other animals and sang a little song. Soooo, cute. We returned home and watched the replay of days events at the Sixt's
house over a family dinner.