Purchased in a store near the Musee D'Orsay. 6 little plates for 6 little duyvkens. Each with a message in french about table manners. The kids' favourite? The admiral saying Je ne mange pas le poulet avec mes doigts. (I don't eat the chicken with my fingers).
There are lots of rainbow lorikeets in my neghbourhood and sometimes they swing by to beg for fruit. I think their favourite flowers, berries and nuts must be running out because they have come by a couple of times in recent weeks. They fly down as we get out of the car, perching on the verandah, chirping and chattering at us as to let us know they'd love something to eat. Yesterday they came to the back door and twittered until we got them something. They prefer apple cores but, after some chatter amongst themselves, they seemed to enjoy the corella pear we offered.
Stage 11 - The Living Room. What a day! Our champions were only a few seconds apart at the start of the stage and were keeping pace with each other throughout the day until a crash in one of the final corners slowed down the little striped guy. He managed to stay on his bike but unfortunately he couldn't make up the time lost.
Which means the winner of Tour de Duyvken 2015 is...
...the little blue guy! Just look at the delight on his face.
Stage 8 - The Hallway. Race stewards are investigating one of our champions today. After a fall that left him several minutes behind the peloton he was attended to by the team doctor and spent a little too long holding on to the car. Thankfully his injuries won't keep him out of the tour but if he gets a time penalty it could put him out of contention for the title.
Hang in there little blue guy.
Stage 3 - Col du Glandon. Here are the riders warming up the legs and jostling for position at the base of the climb with one of the beautiful alpine rivers for which the area is well known behind them.
An AG2R quilt for an AG2R baby. Blue and brown is a beautiful combination especially with such a crisp white. I think I'll have fun with this one. With thanks to Patchwork on Pittwater for helping me choose fabrics.
I am having some trouble getting back into the swing of things after the holiday. It turns out that regular life is a lot of work. So here's a photo of the little cyclists I bought in Belgium. They're on the Tour de Duyvken. stage 1 - The Bookcase.
We managed to fit in some queueing practice today at Versailles. We were a little rusty but today's 1 1/2 hour intensive class was not for the weak (those map heads nearly didn't make it) and I am proud to report that our certification has been renewed.