Lessons in France: Cussing abroad

Sunday, August 6, 2017 1 Permalink 0

In the aftermath of Mr. Scaramucci's brief but colorful tenure in the White House, I thought it was a good time to discuss how your own swearing changes when you live outside your mother tongue. Cussing M is having a small problem at the office this week: The French have asked him to refrain from cussing. It's not ...

La Vierta again

Saturday, August 5, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Earlier in these pages, there was a long and tortured story of another dinner at la Vierta at just about this same time of year. That dinner was mysterious, sultry, ominous, supernatural, and then revelatory, washed in rain and ash. Not so this time. A couple of years on, the Tzigane restaurant hidden in a low ...

Fruiting

Friday, August 4, 2017 0 Permalink 0

We may be more attracted to flowers, but it is the seed, fully formed, that sustains us. We eat the fruit and the seeds. The flowers are just an attractor toward the goal of fertilization. It's what comes next that propagates life - both of the plants, and our own. It is that time of the ...

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 ...

Fête au Village

Sunday, July 23, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Adaptation Originally our quaint little village of la Magdelaine sur Tarn was the leper colony for Villemur sur Tarn, the noble and larger town downriver. We may wonder why anyone would locate their contagious sick upriver, but such was the logic of the Middle Ages, and it is not ours to question. Presumably our house was at ...

If you find a baby owl

Monday, July 3, 2017 5 Permalink 1

This probably applies to exactly no one but me, but it really did happen, so I feel I should prepare the rest of the world, just in case. Because I learned alot today. If you find a baby owl that is not obviously injured but only young and wobbling around on the ground looking cute as ...

Around Solstice

Thursday, June 29, 2017 1 Permalink 0

The days are impossibly long now, with dawn by 5:30 and twilight past 10:30. The sun rises through the north windows of the house, at a place on the horizon across the river where you could never imagine it going in winter, when it rises maybe 45 degrees to the south. Before the rains came this week, ...

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 ...