Sunday, May 28, 2017

International Dining

It doesn't get much better than breakfast on the terrace...with a bit of international flair. Greek yogurt topped with locally grown strawberries, fresh from yesterday's market in Cajarc.
A mug of English tea thanks to my friend, Jean Howling. A dab of lovely rich French butter for my still-warm croissant...

and a dollop of Iowa peach jam, a gift from my friend and jam-maker extraordinaire, Karen Heege. It's like a sweet taste of Iowa summer on my tongue!
And for dessert, luscious cherries picked Friday according to the market vendor and served up in a pretty polka dot bowl made by a regional potter.
Listening to U2 on the computer.
America, Ireland, England, France and Greece
A very international Sunday breakfast!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

This Morning's River Walk

River reflections...
picking white asparagus....
patches of poppies...
new fence going up.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


I'm so proud of my friend. Mandy Jameson! Today her novel, "Landsliding" was published on Amazon Kindle. Mandy and I belong to the Parisot Writing Group. I've followed her progress on this story from idea, to work-in-progress, to almost done to publication. I know the blood, sweat and tears that went into its creation. I was honored to be one of Mandy's beta-readers. Now I'm more than pleased to see it in print and to encourage you to buy it!

"Landsliding" is a story of relationships and secrets and how the two collide in the lives of Julia and Brendan. Julia's marriage has just fallen apart. She feels alone and adrift; her friends help, but something is still missing. Then Brendan appears in her life. Is he too good to be true? Julia's friends seem to think so, but Julia is smitten. When doubts intrude, things take a dark turn. Secrets have twisted more than one life in this novel.

Dip into the lives of Julia, her family and friends and I promise that you'll be hooked. Mandy's clear, direct writing and fast-paced narrative will keep you wondering until the very end if things are really as they seem or if secrets have obscured reality

"Landsliding" can be purchased on

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Round One

It's election day in France. Round One commenced at 8 AM this morning; polls close at 7 PM. The first exit polls will be released at 8 PM. If one candidate wins over 50% of the vote, he/she is declared the winner. That rarely happens and most certainly will not happen this year. The two candidates with the most votes will move on to Round Two on May 7th.
Emmanuel Macron
Independent centrist
Marine Le Pen
Front Nationale far right
No one is making any predictions, but Macron and Le Pen seem the most likely to move on to Round Two. The other two front runners are Francois Fillon, Republican right and Jean-Luc Melenchon, La France Insoumise far left. Really, it's anyone's guess which two will prevail. If you're interested in a brief summary of each candidates' qualifications and policy proposals, the BBC has provided an easy-to-follow article. This is an extremely important election for France as well as Europe. People here want change; they are tired of Francois Hollande's ineffectual government. Popularism is widespread. Hopefully, the French will take a lesson from American politics and Brexit: be careful about the change you wish for. You might just get it and then have to suffer the consequences!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Plants on the Terrace

Fun event this week on my friend, Caroline's terrace. She hosted Terry Tippett of Fleurs de Terry,  who came and set up lots of perennials for us to 'ooh' and 'aah' over...and purchase, of course. Not only were the plants lovely, but Terry was a wealth of information which she was only too happy to share. My unique needs didn't phase her a bit. I needed plants that would grow in pots, take shade for most of the day except for a few hours in the afternoon when they would be exposed to the hot sun. I picked out several before succumbing to Caroline's tasty drizzle bread and carrot cake accompanied by a nice cup of English tea. Delightful afternoon!

This morning I had my work cut out for me, but all my lovely plants are now potted, watered and soaking up the warm April afternoon sun on my terrace.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Coming Home

No matter the season or the weather, the home stretch of our morning walk always delights me.