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Honey bees abound in France’s wild bay laurels

Walking in the garrigue, the scrub oak land above the village of Sauve, France a few weeks ago, I was listening to incredibly diverse bird songs including the most elaborate symphony with a rossingnol or nightingale as the featured soloist. … Continue reading

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Prés du rivière Vidroule

To live near a river as vivant and ever changing as the Vidroule in the Gard region of southern France is a journey of discovery.  Every walk or bike ride reveals more depth to the living eco-system of this rich … Continue reading

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Muguet des bois ~ Lily of the valley

I took this dramatic photo of my “porte-bonheur” or bringer of happiness. It is the french tradition to give these delicate fragrant white bells, muguet des bois, as a gift to a loved one on the first day of May.  I … Continue reading

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La couleur d’Avril ~ The color of April

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Thyme in my Pocket

Here is the cover of my new book I wrote and published this summer with Illumina Press!  It was a wonderful creative experience to paint the watercolors, write the prose, and design the whole book.  I am back in le … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day two weeks past…

It was on my hike up to Lough Anna that I came across these shamrocks growing near an abandoned stone cottage at the side of the road.  It was my intention to write a St Patrick’s Day post on the … Continue reading

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Tête a tête: le premier Mars

Yesterday I received a phone call from my dear copine Charlotte sending me wishes for a bon anniversaire, the first of March.  She then told me that I might want to know that her first grand son arrived safely into … Continue reading

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Une petite vacance á Irelande

Knee to knee upon the wood chairs with worn woolen warmth tea in hand you read to me from a line of sox… I want to embrace you you in your rose mohair sweater like Maori the cat soft and … Continue reading

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St Cecile des Vignes

Sometimes the most wonderful things happen when you least expect them.   Two weeks ago I met this lovely writer Kristin Espinasse at her home just outside of St Cecile des Vignes east of the Rhone with a gorgeous view … Continue reading

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Noël a Sauve

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Well December came and went as quickly as the sun sets over Sauve in winter! The beautiful lights which span the passages in between buildings in the villages lit up the first of December and are still dancing across the … Continue reading

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