Friday, August 28, 2015

Working Hard!

Ann and Anita on the preau
Ann, Anita and I met yesterday afternoon at Anita's lovely restored schoolhouse in Mazerolles. It was an afternoon of hard work dedicated to critiquing our writing. We sweated over point-of-view, grammar, description, plot structure and flow. It was exhausting!

But first...this being France....we, of course, had to eat! A lovely meal of cold melon soup, scallops cooked in creme fraiche and parmesan cheese spiced with curry dolloped on apple slices, a yummy onion tart accompanied by sliced tomatoes dressed with balsamic vinegar, chunks of bread served with the cheese plate and yummy figs stuffed with a herb-laced soft cheese. Oh yes...and a chilled rose. Working hard in France is such a pleasure!!

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Can't believe that I missed National Dog Day. That's what happens when you live in another country, I guess. I don't think France celebrates Dog Day! This little girl had no idea when she wandered onto my back deck where her life was going to go, did she?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015

TBT: Reading

Travis on the porch
Thorofare Ranger Station
Proof that Travis read at least one book while he was growing up!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Light on Stone

We met for morning prayer today in the lovely restored church in St. Peyronis. I'm endlessly intrigued by the play of light on stone. This light filtered through the stained glass window over the altar, then passed through the wrought iron altar railing to make this pretty pattern on the stone floor.
The original church on this site was built by the Templar Commanderie at Lacapelle-Livron in 1236. It was destroyed during the 100 Years' War.and the current structure was built in 1542. The restoration is lovely.
It's such a treat to be invited to use this church for our summer worship. Thank you, Pere Serge!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Time Flies

Time flies! It hardly seems possible that a year ago I was packing my bags for a two-week adventure in Ireland. What a rich and wonderful trip that was! Based in the vibrant and lively city of Galway, I spent eight days with a small group led by Christine Valters Painter and her husband, John on pilgrimage to some of Ireland's most ancient Celtic Christian sites. Fabulous memories that I'll be re-sharing occasionally with you over the next couple of weeks. Love the Long Walk along the Corrib River that connects Galway City with Galway Bay.