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Cat and Calvary (c) Kristin Espinasse
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insolite (ahn-so-leet) adjective

    : unusual, out of the ordinary

Insolite is also a noun, as in "aimer l'insolite" (to like the unusual).

A Day in a French Life...
by Kristin Espinasse

"Heaven Bent"

What attracts my eye, in photography, is that which tickles the mind to see: the unusual, the whimsical, the eccentric and extravagant... might even say "all things heaven bent"...

I enjoy that which is "quirky" though I do not fancy the word "quirk" (perhaps because it rhymes with jerk and smirk and, especially, beurk! and, come to think of it, homework).

I like the wonder that whimsy causes—
as it stops us in our tracks... catches our eyes and draws us.

 Garde Manger (c) Kristin Espinasse

DSC_0032 A sack of patates hanging in a window sill
some leeks, and oranges, and daffodils.
Just like that my havocked heart hushes, 
and in new-found calm I walk on.

My soul no longer scattered
in an uruly tent
I have the chance to fasten my eye
upon all things heaven bent.


De Bouche à Oreille
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 Cat and Calvary (c) Kristin Espinasse

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J'aime les fenêtres insolites: les sujets inattendus comme les chats et les croix pendues.
I love unusual windows: with unexpected subjects like cats and hanging crosses.

Speaking Bettery Frenchinsolite = out of the ordinary
beurk! = yuck!
une patate (f) = potato, spud
de bouche à oreille
= by word of mouth

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