We went to the Columbia outlet store the other day. Columbia makes outdoor apparel and Louise wanted a pair of boots—mud-certified, tromp-around-the-back-forty, muck-up-to-your-knees boots. She is convinced that our upcoming three months in France will be essentially an immersion in ooze, punctuated by emancipating forays to the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Parisian shoes she has plenty of. Mud boots, not so many.
Really? Are we about to embark on a cruise in the Sea of Slop?
She may be confused by the river. The River La Claise flows across the back of the property and riverbanks can be muddy. But pictures from John and Jackie depict an idyllic waterfront—populated, no doubt, by cavorting faeries and mischievous gnomes—with not a splat of mud in sight.
No, it’s not the river. It’s not history either. The city of Châtellerault, near where we will be staying, receives 2.7 inches of rain in January, 2.0 inches in February, and 1.8 inches in March. By comparison, Portland averages 6.5 inches in January alone, roughly equal to what Châtellerault gets for the three months combined.
So what did provoke Louise to visit the Columbia outlet? Faithful readers know the answer: She’s a varsity-level shopper, and a pair of boots is merely a catalyst, as if a catalyst is required at all, for another heroic plundering of les galeries des supermachés.
Yes, she’s incorrigible. But did I mention? I bought a pair too.
Credit for photo at top: http://camscamerashots.blogspot.com/
Weather data from http://www.worldweatheronline.com/
Michal sheffer said:
Your pair is darling
The location sounds WONDERFUL
Thanks, Michal. I full report on the mud (and the boots) will be forthcoming.
When you have a house-sitting assignment in summer in the south of France, please advise. Otherwise, Mr.Otis send his regrets.
Shipwreck, while we slog in the muck of Central France, we’ll watch as much YouTube as we can, starting with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gP2UypjZbMo.
Anita Blanchard said:
Beautiful boots, both sets. Shame they have to walk in the mud. This opportunity in France is wonderful, exactly the kind of opportunity freewheeling adventurers would wish for on a star. You both sound so energized and excited. By they way, I am very much enjoying the book you wrote. Love the extra details and expanded reflections.
Thanks, Anita. I’m glad you like the book, and you’re right: this *is* a star-wishing adventure.
maureen bulliung said:
Love the boots. Envy the trip. Can’t wait to hear all about it!
Oh you will, Maureen. You will!