April Showers…

April Showers…

Today’s feature image shows apple blossoms from our yard in a little trio of vases.

You know, by now, that I love the garden and I love to bring a bit of the garden indoors on just about any day when things are growing or blooming, but apple blossoms even a bit moreso.

My maternal grandmother passed away at the time that the apple trees were in bloom, and I remember bringing a large vase-full of blossoms into my mom’s house to brighten things up. It was probably the first time I’d ever put together a bouquet of apple blossoms… I mean… who does a bouquet with branches as opposed to stems!?

Well… it worked, and since then, bouquets of apple blossom in the Spring are always welcome.

Care to take a look back at March?

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Cold Coffee

Cold Coffee

Today’s post title is not so much a reference to the coffee I’m drinking (I have a lovely, hot cappuccino parked on the side table as I write), in stead, it’s more a reference to the fact that I often invite you to sit down & get news on our goings on over a cup of coffee…

… and it’s been a while (Feb. 12 to be precise).

I seem to have begun more and more posts that way over the past year or two. There are times when I wonder about the future of the blog, whether I’ll continue or not. On one hand, a reduced impetus to write regularly would seem to argue for a ‘walking away & letting it go’, but on the other hand, it’s been part of our life (and life-line) ever since we began making plans to come to France, making it hard to just let go at the same time.

After all… what does one do with blog content when one stops blogging… where does it go to live? …or does it just ‘get archived’ in the depths of the interwebs?

In any case, today’s not the day, I’m still writing…

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New(s)

New(s)

Though technically this is not my first post of the new year (see my post on Chenonceau Castle, January 1st), it’s really my first regularly-scheduled… somewhat ‘normal’ post of the new year.

Say WHAT!? … 😱

Oh dear, things are not improving over the last half of last year…

Nevertheless… let me bring you up to date a little bit, since we’re both here after all…

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A Castle’s Papier-Mâché Christmas

A Castle’s Papier-Mâché Christmas

Back in early December I mentioned that we’d taken a day and went to Azay-le-Rideau castle, one of the smallest castles in the Loire Valley, but also one of my personal favourites.

I love it because unlike some of the others that impress by their sheer size and sumptuousness, this one is very human-sized (In other words… I could easily see myself living there! 😉).

Today, I’m going to take you on a pictoral walk through the castle, but from a particular point of view. The main ‘theme’ for Christmas decorations this year was ‘papier-mâché’ which many of you will remember from school, growing up. With shredded newsprint and wallpaper paste, you can create all kinds of things. Once dry, they hold their share remarkably well, stiffened by the dried paste.

These decorations are a far cry from anything you made in school, I guarantee you!

Pour yourself a healthy mug of coffee and let’s get started!

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Cheesy Christmas 23: Séchon de Vache

Cheesy Christmas 23: Séchon de Vache

We’re already down to the second-to-last Cheesy-Christmas cheese for 2021. On one hand it’s gone quickly (but simply because the month’s gone quickly in general, not particularly due to the cheese methinks).

Today’s cheese is another that we also tasted in last year’s Cheesy Christmas offering.

Let’s see if it scored better or worse this year (heaven knows we’ve seen both scenarios thus far)

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