My Life

On Gardening and Les Saints de Glace

There’s a legend in France and other parts of Europe about Les Saints de Glace (Ice Saints), whose feast days are May 11th-13th. The story goes that farmers would invoke these saints to prevent a late frost from destroying their seedlings.  It’s still a pervading legend, and many people won’t […]

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A Year of Wednesdays at Home

When you move to a foreign country, there are things you don’t think about, like, the keyboards being set up differently, or the fact that there is no school on Wednesdays. I quickly got used to the former, but the latter one stumped me for years, even before having a […]

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28 Hours in Lyon

  LunchMenu planningDrawingTractorsPlumGood friendsPuff pastryPiesCookiesHungry HipposDumplingsWineLittle boys playingLots of catching upLaughterVery late bedtimesSleepoverSharing dou dousCoffeePancakesFamilyMusicBirthdayFlowersFive coursesChampagneLots of candlesMusicFuture Plans How was your weekend?

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Reflecting and Resetting

It's June 3rd, and my desk calendar is still showing April. The month of May went by in a blur of holidays, weekend trips, way too much rain and 10 or so days of illness. It's time for me to sit quietly for a bit, and reflect and reset my […]

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A Weekend in Lyon

We just celebrated a super long weekend in France. Both Kieran and Lucas were off from Wednesday until Sunday! We spent Wednesday at home working in the garden and doing other household projects, then headed into Lyon on Thursday to spend the weekend visiting friends. That's Lucy in her teaching […]

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En mai fais ce qui te plaît | Welcome May

Happy May Day! In France there's an expression En avril Ne te découvre pas d'un fil En mai Fais ce qu'il te plaît which basically means that in April you shouldn't pack away the winter clothes yet (literally don't remove even one thread from your clothes), but in May you […]

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