Thursday, July 30, 2015

TBT: Visiting

On my left: Travis, Bob and Bert McLaren
Summer 1981: Bob heard through the Park grapevine that old time Thorofare Ranger, Bert McLaren was in our area. A pilgrimage ride to his camp was a must. We'd spent many hours reading Bert's log book entries and were anxious to meet the man. We weren't afternoon of good conversation 'round the campfire talking of horses, the Park Service and the wild and beautiful Thorofare.

I wore that tee shirt until it was rags. It sported my motto: "You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you meet your handsome prince." So true, I thought. Then I met my handsome prince!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mary Along the Célé

I spent a morning this past week wandering around my favorite village along the Cele river...Marcilhac-sur-cele. I love its 9th century abbey ruins and the beautiful medieval church attached to them. I've posted photos of this Mary before, but she's so lovely, I think she deserves to be admired one more time.

Friday, July 24, 2015

No! Non! Nein!

I drove into Figeac this week to have some photos taken for my visa renewal. The process begins next week and requires 3 head shot photos, one of which will go on my titre de sejour. To reach the photographer's shop, I had to cross over the Cele river on this footbridge. I was appalled to locks! Say it isn't so! This practice of 'locking your love' to bridge fencing actually began in Rome around 2005 and spread to Paris in 2008. It's been a damaging eyesore ever since. Paris has just recently begun removing bridge panels overloaded with locks which have not only ripped big holes in the fencing, but have also spoiled the magnificent views of the Seine. It's only just begun here, it appears. locks are not a quaint French tradition. They are a recent form of three-dimensional graffiti. They are ugly and damaging and expensive to remove. If you're coming to France, by all means, bring your lover, but please....leave your locks at home!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

TBT: Riding in the Snow

Throw-Back Thursday...back to Yellowstone and a photo to let you know that life there wasn't all warm sunshine and meadows filled with wildflowers! This is Pelican Valley, I think. It would have been fall (Sept or Oct) and we were packing in supplies for Fern Lake and Pelican Creek backcountry cabins. It was a little nippy!

Here's a link to the Musings From Red Bell Farm blog post, The Yellowstone Years, that this photo came from.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

TBT:Vintage Travis

Travis circa 1977
I found this photo of Travis on my previous blog, Musings from Red Bell Farm, and thought it would perfect for Throw-Back Thursday. It was taken at my folks' house in Canon City, CO. My mom decorated the overalls with Travis' name and other things. Seems like there was an American flag badge somewhere on them. He adored these overalls and wore them until they were so short they looked like capri pants. Look at all those blonde curls!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


A perfect summer evening along the riverside...
Dinner with friends...
Spectacular fireworks and a wonderful end to Quatorze Juillet!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Quatorze Juillet

It's a holiday here in France today. I'm sharing a video about what today really means to the French. It's NOT Independence Day and it's NOT Bastille Day. So what exactly is it?

I'll be spending my evening having pizza with friends by the river in Cajarc and watching the pompiers shoot fireworks from the bridge over the water.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday Color: Lace

One of the things I miss about Iowa this time of year (besides fireflies, bullfrogs and oh yeah...sweet corn!) is Queen Anne's Lace. The prolific wildflowers cover Iowa roadsides and ditches all summer with their beautiful white lacy flowers. Technically, Queen Anne's Lace is not a native plant to America; it was introduced from Europe when the earliest settlers arrived. I like to think this pretty flower I saw on my walk this morning is a distant cousin of those I left behind in Iowa.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

TBT: Mash Bash 1987

Life Flight Crew 1987
Des Moines, Iowa
I'm such a technology nitwit! I clicked some button on my Facebook page and voila! up popped several posts that people had sent me for my Timeline. Who knew they were there?! This photo of the 1987 Life Flight crew was one of the photos I found. (Thanks Jo Hansen who was the photographer that day) You can see I was the only one working since I'm not in Army fatigues. Life Flight used to hold an annual Mash Bash party and invite all our EMS friends and supporters to attend in 'uniform.' It was always a great time. And this was a great group of people to work with. Good memories of good times.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday Color: Dawn

We're in the midst of a canicule here in France. A heatwave! Temperature highs have been in the 90's for a week and are predicted to stay there through next week. We've hit 100 degrees a couple of days already. This is a lot of hot for us. I spend the day opening and closing shutters and windows and turning ceiling fans and my portable fan on and off. It stays pretty reasonable, even at night. And if it becomes really unbearable, I can always take a dip in the river.

Because of the heat, Lucie and I have been up and walking early. It's cooler and the air is fresher. And the early morning sky is beautiful. Plus at 6 AM not many people are out and about, so I can walk in baggy shorts and a ratty tee shirt. The crows who keep me company don't mind at all!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

TBT: Knock, Knock!

Who is that knocking on the door of the Thorofare Ranger Station? Baldy, the rascal! It was Travis' job to keep the horses off the porch...easier said than done.