Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday Color: Mediterranean Blue

Collioure France
One of my favorite photos from my first visit to the Mediterranean.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

TBT: Working

This is how firewood....and hauled around at Thorofare. Guess the horse was doing most of the working here! Geez...we were young

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Fete de la Musique: Seuzac Style

We gathered in the early evening in front of the small, lovely restored church in Seuzac. This is the third year I've been part of the group that sings here on the summer solstice. We set up tables outside and everyone had a nibble and a glass of wine. The setting couldn't have been more pastoral.and beautiful. A perfect summer evening

Food and bottles of wine appeared out of nowhere
View from the churchyard couldn't be prettier
The men seemed to enjoy the evening. I think they're discussing chainsaws or something!
After everyone was fed and 'watered,' we went into the church to present our program of song. 

Then back out into the superb summer evening for more refreshments and a group sing-a-long. Even the men participated in this as we sang old French favorites.
Song sheets for everyone!
It was the perfect way to kick off summer. I think even Joan was pleased....
Joan of Arc

Monday, June 22, 2015

Music Everywhere!

The summer solstice is celebrated all across France with music. Big cities, small towns and tiny villages...all host music festivals. This year Cajarc held a really big event. There was non-stop music in three different venues in and around the church. Over 30 groups...singers and musicians...performed throughout the afternoon. The Cajarc brass band marched 'round the town entertaining folks enjoying a cool beverage outside at the PMU, Le President, and La Pause.
When we arrived, there was a small rock band playing in front of the Mairie, a pair of guitarists entertaining the audience with some great Django Rinehardt jazz in the square in front of the church, while inside a group of strings was playing classical music.

Channeling Django
I sing with a small group of women which was invited to participate. We sang before our biggest crowd ever...70 or 80 people inside the church. Our repertoire included some pieces of world sacred music, some French favorites from everyone's childhood and even a song for the Anglophones in the audience...'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot!' But our afternoon of music didn't end in Cajarc. There's more to follow....

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day

Because all my old family photos are in storage 5000 miles away, I don't have many to choose from here in France when I want to post something about my family. This one of me and my Dad was taken in 2011 during a visit I made to Nevada. Today it celebrates Father's Day! Happy Father's Day to my Dad!!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Introvert vs. Extrovert

I've been doing some reading lately about the differences between introverts and extroverts. While they are attracted to each other, introverts and extroverts sometimes have difficulty getting along if they don't understand how their differences impact their relationship. It's been fascinating to learn that being an introvert doesn't just mean needing time alone to recharge, but also how that introspective personality effects others. Guess you're never too old to learn more about yourself!
Now the trick is how to apply this new knowledge to everyday life. Which are you...introvert or extrovert?

Monday, June 8, 2015

Decorative or Plain?

One thing all the open gardens we visited had in common (other than flowers, of course) was non-floral decorative touches. Like this pretty face sculpture hanging on a tree. This garden had several different faces dotted throughout it.

Another garden served as a backdrop for of its gardeners is an artist.
We were welcomed by classical statuary and sweet fat chickens...
as well as numerous birds on sticks!

How about your garden? Decorated or plain?

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Messy or Neat?

This weekend is Open Gardens weekend in France. Professional and amateur gardeners alike open their gates to the public for a peek into their gardens. Yesterday Maggie, Bill and I visited four gardens in Villefranche. The French are avid gardeners, and most French gardens area combination of flowers and vegetables.In France, food always takes center stage...even in the garden. Despite the hot afternoon sun, strolling down the tiny ruelle along the Aveyron River was a pleasant way to access each garden.
This garden was not on the tour, but we peered over the fence to have a look at it. A very formal center surrounded by plots of veg...
Maggie and I decided that although this neat and tidy garden is lovely, we prefer the messy variety...plants growing wild and intermingled, rows of vegetables tucked in between overflowing beds of blooms and plants (or weeds, in one case!) grown simply because the gardener loves the color and texture of the leaves or its pretty flowers
What's your preference...messy or neat?