• La Charente-Maritime

    Thursday, July 27, 2017 0 Permalink 0

    It finally came - my second visit, technically, but the first time I really knew something about what I was seeing. Now I know why this region warrants singling out as its own region. I will be back many times, as often as possible: La Rochelle, Saint-Jean-d'Angély, Cognac, Angoulême, and of course a picnic with my ...

  • The Bees

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017 1 Permalink 0

    The bees are in their full fervor this week, after the heatwave has subsided and before the predicted heavy rains to come. The flowers are doing their best to be available for any and all dates with them. The delicacy of this operation, repeated over and over by thousands of callers on each stem, is mesmerizing. It ...

  • Canicule

    Thursday, June 22, 2017 3 Permalink 0

    It has not really been a heatwave (une canicule, in French) in the same devastating sense as the other parts of the world have suffered this week, but it has been assez chaud, and particularly for the season. We have been going down to the cave each evening to keep cool until bedtime, and have ...

  • The Sexual World

    Saturday, March 18, 2017 6 Permalink 1

    The best two classes I took in college were The Taxonomy of Flowering Plants, and Linguistics 101. They are not dissimilar in the gifts they have continued to give through my entire life since. They both gave me a way of seeing past the surfaces we take for granted, to look closely, toward much more ...

  • 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 ...