Well, it's almost all Hallows Eve, or Halloween as we like to call it. This is the scariest thing I could come up with (or it could be my parrot Birdie trying to pluck my eye out as I work on this blog). During our 10 day trip to Paris this spring, we forayed two hours east of Paris, in the Loire Valley, and went to Chartres and Chambourg. I really enjoyed this and heartily recommend spending a day or two around there to see how they live outside of Paris. Tiny towns, or villages, dot the countryside in a patchwork mosaic of planted fields. Many of the homeowners also had large gardens. I will show more of Chartres later, though I can't remember whether many of the pics are Chartres or Chambourg, but this old window was definitely in Chambourg. Of course, you're not supposed to open the windows, so what did I do, yes, as my friends scattered, I had to lift the beautiful old latch and open the window. Just inches away, on the sill, was this little bat. It looked up at me and followed me with its eyes. I looked up to see if it had fallen from the roof line, but saw no others. Since bats aren't out during the daylight hours, I surmised it must be sick. Rabies?!! Sorry little bat, I wish I could help you but I'm outta here. I took my photo, then gently closed the window. See what you miss when you always follow the rules. BOO!