The Fine Art of Procrastination

I have no e-mail awaiting me saying that they (sis and s-i-l) were declined boarding and hauled off to prison for attempting to smuggle controlled substances (lipstick) onto the aircraft, so, I assume, that they will arrive on schedule today. Time to do one last readiness run-through: I spent 12 hours cleaning chez maison, yesterday.  … Continue reading…

Lawn Ornaments, aka: Garden Decorating….a French Perspective

On the drive to my mother's house in Wisconsin from Minneapolis there is always one house/yard that causes me to do a double-take.  In mid-western fashion, taken to the nth degree, there is, on this one modest lawn: 2 life-size deer and 1 Bambi, 2 little 'Dutch' children kissing, a miniature swing set with Snow … Continue reading…

Biking in the Venise Verte…and more Cucumber Salad

First the cucumbers:  They are worse than the zucchini!  They are dividing and cloning overnight!  We're eating as fast as we can!  What is it with the cucurbits (cucumber, zucchini, cornichons, squash, melon)?  They produce like crazy, cross pollinate and produce strange, yet disturbingly familiar offspring the next year?  I digress. My Mother's Cucumber Salad … Continue reading…

Carnac, Standing Stones & Vannes

We have been wanting to spend some time in Brittany forever, but, as it is so close, we never seem to get there.  Our last effort was foiled because the doggie-hotel that the girls like (It has heated floors in winter and a doggie swimming pool in summer) was full.  We finally threw caution to … Continue reading…

The Mobile Distillery – Liquor on Wheels

Here, deep in the French countryside, things are 'still' done locally.  The bread truck comes to the house twice a week, the ham truck comes three or four times a year, there is often a notice in the post from one of the local farmers for eggs, chickens, beef, pork or homemade sausage.  So it … Continue reading…