Calling in Reinforcements

Calling in Reinforcements

This morning, rather than sitting down with a hot chocolate, I’m sipping on a mug of hot water, honey and lemon.

Yep… it’s that time of year.

Sophie came home with something 2 weeks ago, shared it with Liz and last weekend I Started feeling the effects. It’s been a long week of having to teach, with a cold & using a mask… therefore going back ‘n’ forth between foggy glasses and a stuffed nose.

One consolation though, is that the honey in my mug is from our own bees. Speaking of bees…

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Praise & Prayer

Praise & Prayer

Welcome to October!

Wait a minute… did I just say “October”?
I did. Difficult to believe. August was a blur and September seemed to be a bit of a ‘tail wagging the dog’ kind of month, getting caught up, and now here we are in October.

Well… warm up your coffee (because I’m a little late publishing today) and let’s catch up, shall we?

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Family Time & “Hecticity”

Family Time & “Hecticity”

Have you ever heard that word before?

I’m not sure that it actually is a word (if you ask the official dictionary folks), but a google search quickly reveals that I’m not the first to come up with it or use it. It can be loosely defined as the following:

– The state of being surrounded with hectic-ness (another admittedly dubious word)
– The state of barely manageable craziness.

How’s that? Better?

Let’s dive in & you’ll see what I mean…

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“Long” time no see!

“Long” time no see!

See what I did there? 🙂

6 weeks…. it’s been 6 weeks (!!!) since we’ve sat down to catch up over coffee.

Hard to believe but true… Part of the reason was just the nature of August this year… let me sum up August with 3-4 main themes: Car, Construction, Covering Ground and Cracking the Books:

Ready to dive in? Let’s go…

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Anniversary and… “Gutted”

Anniversary and… “Gutted”

It almost feels like home.

To date, our weather this summer has been more ‘East Coast of Canada’ than it has been what we’ve typically experienced in western France. The past couple of years has seen us suffering from temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s, but this year… we’re pulling out sweaters… even during the day on rainy days where temps between 19 and 22ËšC have not been uncommon.

I’m not complaining…

you, on the other hand, would definitely have reason to complain, given the lack of regularity with my blogging of late. Not sure what is up…. but I’ve definitely fallen off the wagon. Let’s try to climb back on shall we….

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Canada & France

Canada & France

What could be more Canadian than combining red & white?
What could be more French than lavender?

Put them together and you have the story of our life…

This year, when potting up a small fig tree I rooted, I opted to surround the base with red & white petunias. Such a vibrant contrast was going to be my little nod to home. I’d taken lots of cuttings from the two mother petunia plants & figured I’d fill several flower boxes in time for July 1st (Canada Day). Alas, the snails & slugs made quick work of the poor, defenseless cuttings and only a couple survived.

The potted fig is in a spot surrounded by several lavender plants… also started from rooted cuttings.

Like this image… our life is a place where cultures collide… France and Canada connect…

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Just Came Through Father’s Day

Just Came Through Father’s Day

Mother’s Day, near as I can tell, is a moving target and there’s always a little nagging question in the back of our minds… “Is it this week? …in North America it’s ___, but in Belgium it’s ___. Hmm.. is France the same?”

Every. Blessed. Year.
(thank heavens for Google!)

Father’s day is a little better, but not much. While it’s the same, in France, as back home, it still falls a week later than celebrations in Belgium (where Liz’s dad is). Still, we managed to get everyone in and celebrated rather uniquely here. I’ll get to that, but first, let’s get caught up.

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Pentecost in Châtellerault

Pentecost in Châtellerault

Today’s feature image is of the island pavilion at Dampierre Castle, outside of Paris. It looks beautiful from a distance, but up close, the need for renovation is evident. Plaster and mortar are crumbling, windows are broken and the sparse furnishings inside are in advanced disrepair, due to their exposure to the elements.

Sometimes we can be a bit like that, in varying degrees. All looks good from a distance, but when you get up close… not all is as it seems. Pentecost is the answer to that.

Shall we have a quick “coffee chat”?

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