Sunday, April 26, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

What a Fierce Fellow!

Coffee at Denise's Monday morning to wrap-up and debrief our wonderful writing weekend and put together some feedback for our presenter, Amanda Hodgkinson. We were greeted by this fierce fellow in the foyer. Isn't he great? He's a replica of one of the terracotta warriors from the Mausoleum of.the First Qin Emperor, a UNESCO World Heritage site in China. Denise bought him on her visit last year. He stood guard while we drank coffee, nibbled treats and re-lived our great weekend of writing.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Writing Weekend

Parisot Writing Group with Amanda Hodgkinson
April 2015
What a great weekend I had! How can you beat good friends, good food and good, hard work? My writing group met in Anita and Richard's lovely restored schoolhouse in Mazerolles for a weekend of writing with author, Amanda Hodgkinson. She facilitated our workshop last year, so we knew in advance that we were in for a hard-working treat. Each of us submitted 2000 words of a work-in-progress for Amanda and our fellow writers to read and critique. We spent Saturday expanding our work with exercises on character, setting, and dialogue. Sunday was critique day when Amanda and the others offered thoughts on each person's creative writing. Interspersed with the work....treats, lunch, wine, Bob's homemade sloe gin, and a lovely potluck dinner with spouses. It was a wonderful way to spend a weekend. I've come home fired up to write!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Working the Fields

It's that time of year here.
The mounded rows of black plastic cover asparagus plants. Yum!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Changing Perspective

Occasionally it's good to change your perspective. Especially after a long winter of being stuck inside with only my own thoughts and Lucie to keep me company. So, this morning I physically changed my perspective by driving across the river and up on the causse. That's my house down there. No, not the big one in the middle...that's the Chateau. I'm the little one on the right in front of it with the red tile pointy roof. I took this photo from the site where the parapentists take off. Don't ask about crawling under the farmer's electric fence to get there!. When the guys are sailing out over the Lot River, this is their perspective. Today it was mine, too.

This photo was taken from my upstairs window. That bare stretch across the horizon is where I was standing. Two perspectives, one isn't necessarily better than the other...just different!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Smell of Spring

The smells of spring are everywhere the past few days. The fragrance of wild plum and domestic fruit tree blossoms mingles with the sweet scent of freshly-mown grass as villagers begin to tidy up their gardens.
But for me, the real smell of spring wafted in my window this morning as I opened the shutters to greet the sun just peeking over the causse...the smell of damp night air lifting up the rich, earthiness of newly-turned dirt. Farmers have been busy preparing the soil for planting, the true signal that spring has arrived!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

A blue sky Easter morning, clear and crisp. Perfect for Easter egg hunts and
the daffodils and tulips in Helen's garden!

Happy Easter