Thursday, May 28, 2015

TBT: Lazing in the Sun

I always loved that we could let the horses roam in Thorofare. They enjoyed lazing around in the sun by the cabin and never wandered too far away. If they did, a few hollers of 'Here boys!' usually got them running homeward. See the rope strung across the end of the porch? That was to keep those rascals off! They liked to sleep in its shade on hot afternoons. Sometimes we'd find two of them on the porch with a third lined up behind standing on the steps. Life with horses!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Color: Red for Pentecost

Sunlight streams through the stained glass windows in the Cathedral St. Etienne in Cahors splashing the chairs with the red of Pentecost.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TBT: Making Camp

Making camp...the Yellowstone years. It was certainly a lot more fun than it looks like in this photo! That was my favorite green hoodie. I think we were at the headwaters of Escarpment Creek in Thorofare country.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Poppy Season

It's poppy season in France! Wisteria and iris are fading, but poppies grow wild and are 'popping' up everywhere. No large fields blanketed in red like you see in Provence, but they're pretty in smaller clusters in my neighborhood nonetheless. To me, poppies bring the promise of summer and long, hot days ahead. (Not today,'s cloudy and cool)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

TBT: Lost in the Grass

Three of us lost in the prairie grass
Promise City, IA
It's been fun receiving a few old photos newly-made digital. This one dates from the around the mid-1980's. Blackberry and Sweet Pea loved playing in our prairie grass. Guess I did, too!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

TBT:Travis at Trail Creek

Travis on the dock at Trail Creek Cabin
Yellowstone Nat'll Park
 I recently received digital images of a few of my slides from the Yellowstone years. This is one of my favorite photos... Travis fishing from the dock in front of the Trail Creek Cabin on the southeast arm of Yellowstone Lake. He was 8 years old, I think. Who knew that Yellowstone would capture his heart? Amazing that 35 years later, he's still there!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Happy Birthday, Jean!

Our friend, Jean, had a special birthday this past winter during her stay in England. You of those that ends in a zero. So we decided we needed to celebrate her when she returned to Cadrieu this spring. Yesterday 10 of us gathered on Greg's terrace to wish her bon anniversaire. Everyone brought a platter of 'apero food'...deviled eggs, phyllo pastry stuffed with mushrooms, another stuffed with black pudding, toasts topped with smoked salmon or tuna, cheese crepes. Greg made spring rolls. There was lots of champagne, an impromptu rose wine tasting and of course, pastis for the men. Rhubarb tart with ice cream and citron shortbread ended the afternoon on a sweet note followed by coffee and armagnac. Anytime there was a lull in the conversation, someone burst into another round of "Happy Birthday" sung in both English and French We toasted Jean at least six times during the afternoon. Give you any idea of how much wine we drank???
Jean, our birthday girl

Friday, May 1, 2015

May 1st

Daniel's Depot was locked up tight when Lucie and I walked by it this morning. All the wheelbarrows were idle, all the heavy equipment inside. There will be no moving buckets of sand or roofing tiles today. It's May 1st...a holiday here in France that celebrates workers. Everything is closed; everyone has the day off. Too bad the rain started just as we were arriving home. It's a good morning for taking a nap. I suppose for the hard-working builders that's just as good as a sunny day for a picnic!