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I first saw The Serenity Prayer at a friend's house. We were 13 years old at the time and had free rein (her parents were rarely home). Skipping through the hallway one day, a curling iron in one hand and candy bar in the other--the words in a picture frame stopped me in my tracks. I hope... Read more →


From Portland to Bandol to Assam, India -- people all over the world are paying tribute to Steven Smith, who passed away on Monday. Hats off to you, Monsieur Thé. le thé (tay) : tea AUDIO FILE: Listen to Jean-Marc: Download MP3 or Wav Aujourd'hui nous rendons homage à notre ami, Steve Smith. Et nous levons notre... Read more →


Smokey, a kid at heart, about to prance beside a carpet of anemones. Today's word is part of a very useful list of French baby talk. See it here (including a recording of each word). dodo (doh-doh) : beddy-bye, night-night France and Monaco Rentals: short-term holiday rental properties throughout France. Click here for pictures. AUDIO FILE: Listen... Read more →


Une bonne heure with my son in Aix-en-Provence = le bonheur. (See Max in the doorway?) Beautifully renovated and decorated home in the Luberon. 4 bedrooms and a study with a sofa bed, each with ensuite (full) bath. This villa comfortably sleeps 7-9 adults. EN L'OCCURRENCE Strange to think I have never used this French expression. I... Read more →


Poilu : a semi-truck, a hairy person, or a soldier?

Today's post is sponsored by Thomas Hulston Collections: exclusive French made clothing now available for purchase online http://www.thomashulston.com/ Bonjour ! Our telephone lines are down again, so I am moblogging--using my tiny smartphone keyboard to compose this blog post. You can imagine how fun that is... so this will be short and sweet : Short, for today's... Read more →


Purple tansy, or phacelia cetifolia, is an excellent insectary plant and heaven to the local pollinators (a veritable bee magnet!). While phacilia is known to attract les abeilles, my husband, alias Chief Grape, uses it to clean the soil of his vineyard (folding it into the soil, once the flowers have passed). The parcel, above, was planted... Read more →


Yesterday morning. Do you remember the lively scene, last June, when we picked the almonds from this tree? Click here for those pictures and the story: "A food that guarantees happiness, luck, health, and offspring." arrosage (ah-roh-zazh) : watering, spraying Improve your French pronunciation with Exercises in French phonetics. Click here. AUDIO File: Listen to Jean-Marc Download... Read more →


Jean-Marc, watering 5,600 baby vines by hand. When I posted this picture on my Facebook, Jeanne Asakura wrote: Such a peaceful scene. There's a reverence about it as well. Jeanne, your words couldn't be more true. Read on in today's story... Tirer sa révérence : to go, to pass away Beautifully renovated and decorated home in the... Read more →


Baby vines are capped in red wax. The leaves will soon burst through. Bonjour! Mostly pictures for you today--an exciting phase 2 in the story of our Bandol vineyard, "Mas des Brun." Enjoy and thank you for reading. (To see the videos, visit my instagram page.) planter les vignes : to plant vines AUDIO FILE: listen to... Read more →