Â You know, I don’t think I ever did the interesting things in the States that I get to do here. A chance encounter at the Ansouis market led to an invitation to a book launch party. I wrote before of the book and wine, Extremely Pale Rose. The author, Jamie Ivey, also has a blog and I read about his new book coming out and he was kind enough to invite Maurice and I to a party at his home. We found his home at the end of a road leading through vineyards and olive trees.Â There was live music, all the rose you could drink and good munchies being passed around.
Â Here is Jamie and his beautiful wife, Tanya. Aren’t they cute? She is expecting a baby in October.
Â Here is his new book. It is sort of a play on words of the famous French song of the same name but without the accent on the e in Rose. I, of course, bought a copy and will be reading it soon.
Â Do you know who this is? That’s right, it’s Peter Mayle! The party was packed with English people. I may have been the only American there and Maurice the only Frenchman. Anyway, Peter Mayle lives near Lourmarin and here he was at the party. After a couple of glasses of rose I approached him and gushed all over him. He was really nice and didn’t seem to mind. One of these days Jamie may also have people doing the same thing. I hope they don’t track him down to where he lives like some fans of Mayle have done. I wasn’t one of them. Honest.