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MAS DE LA PERDRIX. Lovely months to rent this home France: July, for fields of sunflowers & lavender. September, for the grape harvest! October: fall leaves. The exchange rate is great. It's a wonderful time to rent this dreamhouse. GERER (zher-ay) : to manage, to handle things EXAMPLE SENTENCE Maman, ne t'inquiète pas, je suis assez capable... Read more →


Over the years, you have seen these treasured keys in various scenes at our old vineyard and here, in the window seat at Mas des Brun. Today, I am giving away a precious third key! Reader Gus Ellison won the first in 2012, and shared these touching photos. It's time to share one more cherished antique French... Read more →


I will never forget watching this American speak to the lost soldiers on the beaches of Normandy. Today we honor those who lost their lives, au champs d'honneur. Memorial Day : jour des soldats morts au champ d'honneur (day of commemoration of soldiers who were killed in action) Audio File: Listen to Jean-Marc read the French definitions,... Read more →


Smell the roses, see the butterfly's wings... slow to a snail's pace but not so slow as to sleepwalk through the day. France and Monaco Rentals: short-term holiday rental properties throughout France. Click here for pictures. éveiller(ay-veh-yay) verb : to wake up, to excite... "to pull from sleep" (tirer du sommeil) French Vocabulary & Audio File Hear... Read more →


Happy Birthday Max. We watered you. You watered the vines. And everything just grew. MAS DE LA PERDRIX. Lovely months to rent this home France: July, for fields of sunflowers & lavender. September, for the grape harvest! October: fall leaves. The exchange rate is great. It's a wonderful time to rent this dreamhouse. TODAY'S WORD: fils (feece)... Read more →


Field of poppies in Bandol. See the recent photos of Mom's first days in Provence, here at Instagram or on my Facebook. This is a guest post from Benjamin Houy, author of How to Learn French in a Year and founder of French Together, a website where he makes learning French easy. You love France, you may... Read more →


In limbo. Both Smokey and my Mom were in limbo this week: the one is still waiting for his tumor test results, while the other is about to land in Madrid, si Dieu le veut (God willing!) Here is a picture of Smokey to make us all smile in the meantime. The title "Ironmutt" is in reference... Read more →


I love this picture of my friend, David, at his farmhouse in Lorgues. Notice the garden boot about to fade into the wall beside him. It belongs to his lovely wife, artist (and gardener) Tessa Baker. If you have the chance to attend Tessa's "Painting in Provence" course, this beautiful mas and its relaxing garden will be... Read more →