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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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