• Friends, frolics, fossils

    Friday, May 5, 2017 1 Permalink 0

    We have had a few weeks of visitors and lots of sightseeing, in addition to getting the garden into shape for the season. Today we are just back from Andorra and the cavepainting site at Niaux, which I have wanted to see for years, and now finally have. It did not disappoint. Photos are not allowed inside the ...

  • The last day of January

    Thursday, February 2, 2017 1 Permalink 0

    For a couple of days I have been walking around appreciating the here and now. It is especially easy to appreciate the here and now when it seems under dire threat and you dread what is to come. Here and now seems pretty good compared to what may happen next. Of course in the here and now ...

  • First Frost

    Friday, December 2, 2016 4 Permalink 1

    It came as a surprise. -1c is not supposed to be this frozen. It should pass like a dusting of snow. Instead this frost crept in on the fog, slipped between the leaves, permeated deeply, and then crystallized. The spigots were not turned off. The tender plants were not covered. It's as if everything just ...

  • Leading to thanks

    Tuesday, November 15, 2016 1 Permalink 0

    I don't always feel thankful... Until M is in China and makes it through -25c and what seems like 100 plane changes without incident, in spite of the explosive election results the morning of his departure. Or until the Supermoon comes and I catch an unobstructed glimpse, despite heavy cloudcover all night long except in that one brief ...

  • Into the Forest

    Sunday, November 13, 2016 3 Permalink 0

    I took the dog for a walk in the woods yesterday. I've been so head-down in my little screens in the house lately that I have not been paying enough attention to the larger world around me. Because of that I have neglected what should by now be my thoroughly French reflexes, which every native person ...

  • Late Summer 2016

    Friday, September 2, 2016 2 Permalink 0

    The business of renovating the house and preparing for the big day all this summer has meant less time than usual spent photographing the small pleasures, but here is a sampling of our July and August: M met with great success both in baking projects and in sundrying tomatoes for the first time, the General (the ...

  • The Goodie and the Gold

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016 0 Permalink 0

    Jean-François Millet. The Gleaners, 1857 Metaphor I was raised with many Biblical parables regarding wheat, but having never seen much wheat actually growing, these cryptic parables remained purely hypothetical and symbolic. In my memory the religious imagery has become a bit mixed up: Baby Jesus being laid first in a manger of winter straw, the Devil depicted as a malicious enemy ...