Tuesday, November 25, 2014

In the Fog

 On Wednesday I posted a photo of this same spot on a beautiful, light-filled morning. This is what it looked like today when Lucie and I made our morning walk. The Chateau and the houses along the road were lost in the fog...a frequent occurrence when you live in a river valley.

The Chateau looks a little eerie looming out of the fog, doesn't it?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Morning Light

The Chateau
Cadrieu, France
After several days of clouds, fog, intermittent rain, and grey, damp skies, it was a pleasure to be greeted by a few twinkling stars and a sliver of moon I opened the shutters this morning. The light certainly made our walk more colorful as the sun peaked over the causse. I have to admit, though, this view as Lucie and I walk the last leg towards home is amazing even on cloudy mornings!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Lure of the Sea

Lacanau Ocean on the Atlantic coast of France
December 2013
I was born and raised in southern California. Some of my earliest memories are of spending time at the ocean with my family camping, splashing in the water, body surfing the waves, and hanging out with my dad while he surf fished. We never lived more than two hours away from a beach. I've always believed that landscapes seep into your subconscious and leave an indelible sense of place on your soul. The ocean is my place. I miss it, and sometimes I'm almost overwhelmed by the desire to see, feel, smell, taste and hear it. Today is one of those days!

Since the nearest ocean is four hours away, the best I can do this morning is wander through my photos and re-live some beach trips here in France. Last winter I spent Christmas on this almost deserted beach in Lacanau Ocean. The weather was fierce...gale force winds with intermittent rain. The waves crashed, the sand blew. It was glorious!
Collioure
I've tried to scratch my beach itch with the Mediterranean. Beautiful as it is, it just doesn't do the trick. I need the ocean. Maybe it's time for a road trip? Interestingly, one of my very first blog posts at my previous blog, Musings from Red Bell Farm, was about the ocean.  You can read it here.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fascinating Face: Ray

Aquarium
Galway, Ireland

Today's post just goes to show you that you can find Fascinating Faces in the strangest places. This ray was on display in the Galway Aquarium. I visited him during one of my walks on the Prom. He made me chuckle...kind of goofy looking, isn't he?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Multiples: Velibs

Parisian velibs
One of my favorite photographers, Virginia Jones, is flying to Paris today for a few days of loving on the City of Light. She's excited that the weather forecast is for fog. Paris in the fog....I can hardly wait to see her photos on her blog, Paris Thru My Lens. So...a few velibs today to welcome Virginia back to the city she loves!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remembrance Day 2014

The 11th day of the 11th month, and we gather at the village war memorial at 11:45 AM to offer homage to those who died for France in WWI, WWII and the Algerian War. Children lay a wreath, my friend Christiane who is the adjoint mayor offers a brief eulogy, and the names of the dead are read aloud by our mayor, Jacques Durand. After each name, we intone 'mort pour la France.' Two young children sing The Marseillaise, their little voices pure and sweet. And afterwards everyone gathers at the Mairie for a drink and a nibble. We have remembered the village war dead in this WWI centenary  year.

And thanks to two very interesting blog posts, I have remembered American war dead as well. By coincidence both blog authors are from Iowa where I used to live. The first by Joe Weeg offers a poignant look at Omaha Beach this day. Read "Do You Know Joseph Haymoff" here. Then ask yourself...what young men from your hometown might be lying there in the Omaha Beach cemetery.

Lori Erickson is a travel writer and ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church. Although she is based in Iowa City, her Spiritual Travels take her all over the world. Her post today, though, is about Iowa and an artist's project to honor its veterans. Read "Thanking Veterans, One Rock at a Time" here. As a former Iowa resident, let me explain a little about big rocks in Iowa....they are few and far between! The lack of rocks in the state is one thing that makes it a great farming state. Big rocks are quite special, then. When I lived in southern Iowa, we had neighbors who actually proudly moved their big rock to a prominent place by the lane to their house using it as a landscape feature.