The Chateau looks a little eerie looming out of the fog, doesn't it?
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
|Lacanau Ocean on the Atlantic coast of France|
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!
Sunday, November 16, 2014
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
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
|St. Augustine's Church|
Friday, November 7, 2014
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
When I attended the Parisot Literary Festival last month, midterm elections in the States were certainly not on my mind. I was there to listen to several published authors discuss their books, perhaps be inspired by them, and certainly to purchase a few used/new books for my winter reading. Curiosity about a famous British television star brought me to Sunday morning's cooking demonstration.
Robin Ellis starred in the 70's TV series, Poldark and as I understand from my British friends, was quite a heartthrob! A bit older now (but no less attractive) Robin now lives in SW France where he enjoys semi-retirement and writes cookbooks. Diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic in 1999, Robin's books feature healthy and easy dishes suited for his diet and beneficial to anyone who wants to eat healthy. He chatted about acting and his careet while stirring up a yummy and quite easy pumpkin soup. And in this endeavor, he was assisted by his lovely wife, Meredith. Here's where we connect the dots...
Meredith Wheeler is a retired American writer/reporter for ABC News who met Robin while interviewing him for a piece. After the demonstration, I introduced myself to her as a fellow American...we are few and far between in this part of France. After 'hello' the first words out of her mouth were "Are you voting in the midterm elections?" For a moment I thought she meant in France, but as she went on, I realized she was talking about the US midterms. She is passionate about politics! Feeling a bit embarrassed that I wasn't even registered to vote since moving my official US residence to Nevada, I gladly took her card on which she jotted down website information that led me to join Democrats Abroad as well as to register to vote.
Which I just did by electronic absentee ballot!
And I'm making Robin's pumpkin soup for lunch.
See the connection now?
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Some of the graves, though, don't need any flowers are all!