1 Month… Say What!?

1 Month… Say What!?

There have been times, every now and again, where I’ve missed a week, perhaps two, but as I sit down to write this morning, I realize that it’s been a full month since I’ve touched base via the blog.

Oh, it’s not as though I’ve really ‘touched base’ though other means either though, at the expense of the blog. Sometimes, there’s just not enough ‘umption to gumption’ as my grandma used to say.

Sure, things have been a bit busy – but that’s never really stopped me from fitting in some blog time in the past. Hmmm… Not quite sure how to diagnose the patient other than to say I guess I just haven’t been feeling it.

Want to play ‘catch-up’, the March version?

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Dancing Grapevines – #3GoodThings

Dancing Grapevines – #3GoodThings

Yesterday was a strange, long & kind of surreal day.

It was a teaching day in Angers that was actually in Angers (first time since late October / early November). After only 3-hours sleep the night before, it started out not so pretty, but when I look back, at least #3GoodThings helped redeem the day (more really, but I’ll quickly highlight 3)

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A Walk Around Chambord

A Walk Around Chambord

Every once in a while I post a #Travel Tuesday post, just for fun. Today is one of those days.

As so many of you have been aware, Covid-19 lockdowns have affected just about everyone in some way, shape or form. One of the big things, here in France, has been the confinement that kept us almost exclusively at home back in the Spring and quite close to home in the Fall. Although we managed to get out and about during the ‘in-between’ times, once the second lockdown hit, we were limited to local trips, for specific reasons and always with government issued paperwork.

That’s why a recent Saturday was a real treat for me.

I needed to go up to Seine-et-Marne (77) for work, back on the 12th, and had all the appropriate paperwork to justify a trip out of my region. Since, on our attestation we have work-related tick-boxes and a tick-box for short periods of outdoor exercise, I took full advantage of both boxes and broke up my 3.5hr drive home with a walk around Chambord Castle.

Join me as I give you the short version of a one-hour stroll around one of the incredible castles of the Loire Valley.

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L2 – Day 33: Bubbles of Solitude

L2 – Day 33: Bubbles of Solitude

Since it’s lockdown and there are four of us at home this week, we all spent a large part of today in our personal sound bubbles.

Ever heard that term before?

I heard it for the first time in a TEDTalk by Julian Treasure, entitled: 5 Ways to Listen Better (If you’ve got 7.5 minutes, I recommend it). He says that we retreat into personal sound bubbles when we insert headphones, to take refuge from an overly noisy world.

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L2 – Day 32: Bee’s a’Flyin’

L2 – Day 32: Bee’s a’Flyin’

I had a little bit of ‘Bee therapy’ yesterday.

One lesson learned during confinement #1 was the importance of small pleasures. Had it not been born out of necessity, it might be considered virtuous, but alas we were obliged to find pleasure in the little; we couldn’t get out to procure the ‘big’.

Thirty minutes of bees was a nice reset yesterday…

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