pecheur & the big news revealed!


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Mas des Brun, where we moved to last week.... and where the seagulls sing (or maybe that's the neighbor's chickens?) Photo by Michael Moss, taken in December 2008 after an exceptionally rainy November (we hear the grass is not usually this green!)

s'installer (san-stal-ay)

    : to settle in

Audio File: Listen to Jean-Marc read the following sentence, in French: Download MP3 or Wav file

On s'installe tout doucement au bord de la mer. We're slowly settling in beside the sea.


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

It's day six at our new* home and we are settling in nicely. On s'installe tout doucement, I keep reminding Jean-Marc, who seems to want to have every box unloaded hier, yesterday. I understand his excitement, but I also know about the need for some endurance: some sprinting, a little jogging, a bit of catch-your-breath walking—and we'll soon make it to the finish line. Then we can twiddle our thumbs.

After the initial flurry to get each major item in its place (the kids' beds, the armoirs, the canapé, nightstands, dogs, and télé, we are now taking our time to déballer the rest. As I type, Jean-Marc continues a steady stream of industriousness: putting in wifi receptors, hooking up the telephones and, just now, dangling over the balcony to prune a giant, fruit-laden figuier. I watch as he takes down just enough branches to reveal a Mediterranean mosaic: from our bedroom window, I now see an olive tree, a cypress, an amandier, and several pines. Soon we'll see the meadow with more centuries-old oliviers, in groves.

Walking Jackie halfway to school this morning, I noticed the ground outside is covered with pine needles. The scent brings me back to my childhood, to weekends spent at Kohl's ranch in Arizona. Exploring these new stomping grounds, just as I explored the Arizona forest, I am as delighted as that 9-year-old, by the unexpected discoveries: the thousands of asparagus that carpet this Mediterranean floor (hello les omelettes d'aspèrges)—and there are enough fallen leaves from the old olive trees to start a mulch factory (oh happy potager! But do olive leaves make good kitchen garden soil? Maybe the fig leaves would be better... I see Jean-Marc has built piles of them!).

Another bright discovery is all the cactus growing here. After ignoring the nutritional value of those cactus pears that dotted the desert landscaping of my enfance, I can now experiment in the kitchen with the figues de barbarie that are nestled in around our new property (a YouTube search reveals that the cactus pads are edible too. Let's make nopales stew or even cactus couscous!). Having learned the hard way, I will wear gloves this time, when harvesting—to avoid being stabbed by a thousand invisible, hair-thin needles. It was no fun tossing and turning, during a noon time nap, only to discover the needles had followed me all the way to bed. Aïe aïe aïe!

Trial and error. It is all part of the adaption process. Off now to harvest some cactus for lunch. Will wear gloves this time.


 * "new" home: this mas dates back to 1875.

 French Vocabulary

on s'installe tout doucement = we're slowly settling in

hier = yesterday

le canapé = sofa, couch

la télé = TV

déballer = unpack

le figuier = fig tree

un amandier = almond tree

un olivier = olive tree

une omelette = omelet

une asperge = asparagus

le potager = kitchen garden

une enfance = childhood

la figue de barbarie = cactus pear

nopales = a vegetable made from the pads of a prickly pear cactus

aïe aïe aïe = ow ow ow


How are the dogs getting along? Just fine! They sleep inside at night. By day, they have good shelter in this former cabanon de cochon, or pig hut. Don't tell Braise, but we'd love to put a few chickens there...

Jean-Marc, pruning the figue tree.

Mom's paintings need to be hung. Meantime, they look like a work of art sitting there on an old trunk.


Some chaos and our 17-year-old, who started school today. He'll be at the lycée in la Ciotat. 

The kitchen and some swiss chard, or blette. There are maraîchers on every corner! Have you ever had a swiss chard smoothie?

A yellow canary melon, some roasted peppers, and a few thirsty dogs drinking from their gamelles.

Jean-Marc and Jackie preparing for a game of boules. Smokey and Braise looking on.

Bar toutous
Thanks, Caroline, for taking this picture of the ceremonial "opening of the new house". Caroline and Thomas, who bought our home in Ste. Cécile, were with us on this special day. Handing me the keys, were Maggie and Michael Moss, who sold us this memory-filled home. It was a tearful and exciting moment and I am so happy these women thought to make a ceremony of it, for I would not have thought to. Thanks again Caroline and Maggie! Michael Moss also took photos of this scene, as well as the gorgeous opening photo, at the top of this post.

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Ann Mah

Congratulations on your new home!! It sounds like you have a whole new region and climate to explore. I am brimming over with excitement for you.


SO exciting! Congratulations. I love adventures. Looks beautiful....all those ancient trees! What a setting. :)

Angela Sargent

Welcome to your new home.What a beautiful place and you're smiling!

Lisa @ Tarte du Jour

It looks charming!!May you be blessed with many years of joy in your new home!

Rose Chandler Johnson

News flash! You just might feel like you're on vacation tous les jours! Charming! I've been to Ciotat. What a lovely area. Year round pleasant weather and beautiful skies. [Fig preserves are absolutely the most delicious. You must try them sometimes.]

Jacqueline Bucar

The kids must be in a new school and faced w/ making new friends. How's that going? Any resistance to the move?

Marika Ujvari

Beautiful place! Oh Kristi, you will be so happy here. I am so excited for you and your family. Please post LOTS of pictures, I want to see every nook and cranny. In Hungary we had a custom when we moved into a new place: we had to count all the corners, and whatever we dreamt that night would become true. Don't forget to count the corners! I'm sure there are many.


A thousand good wishes for your new home in your new home! May you spend there many many happy years, dear Kristi!


What a lovely place! A dream come true? Thank you for sharing with us! Bonne installation et heureuse rentrée à tous!


alors..what a beautfiful new home. Where is the vineyard? bonnes Chance and happiness in your new place!!


Just beautiful!! What a lovely place all those ancient trees and everything looks so green and don't the dogs look happy!
would love to see some photos of your views..
Kids OK re the move ? Remember to take lots of breaks you have forever to unpack...ENJOY!!


Sigh from my apartment-sur-Central Park... It all looks so inviting and ideally self-contained. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you and your family many years of joy in your charming home.


Je suis tres triste we missed visiting with you in the old place last summer, mais milles souhaites a tous. Spent my honeymoon at kohls ranch.

Rina Rao.

What a lovely Farmhouse/home you will make of it, Kristin---in these very beautiful surrounding.
Thanks for taking out the time to share it with us. Hope and pray you and your family have a wonderful life together, in your 'new' home.
Take care.
Love, Rina.

Suzanne Codi

Your new home looks perfect for all of you! And I'm sure Braise would be a great chicken watchdog against foxes, or whatever steals chickens around there!!!Not so sure about Smokey, though...
Love all the figues, asperges etc... Hope you plant yourself a great big vegetable and flower garden, je suis si jalouse du climat et du soleil!!
Je vous souhaite beaucoup d'annees de bonheur dans votre nouveau Mas! And I second the question, do you have grapes there?
Gros bisous de nous trois xox

Mike Hardcastle

Salut les Espinasses',
You seem to have moved so quickly, I signed my compromis de vente in June and I don't move until 15th October. I'm still packing books and selling and giving away stuff.
Very best wishes for your new life on the coast, France has such variety, there is always something new to discover.

Karen Whitcome

I love to hear of the "count the corners" tradition, Marika! And Kristin, it makes so much sense to have all parties together as a home - the soul of family life - is transferred. What wonderful ideas that just make sense.

You are so fortunate to have such Joie de Vivre that even your teenagers followed you to the sea. How are the doggies fairing? Is there any fencing?

Looking forward to cactus and fig recipes!!!!! AND....... photos! But take your time and soak in your new life. There will plenty of time for unpacking and writing later in winter.


Love the old house and the beauty of the setting, and am so impressed with your joy amidst the chaos of transition! Looks like a fabulous move for all.

Eileen - Charlottesville, VA

Congratulations to you and your family! I hope you will have make many happy memories there! It looks beautiful!


Congratulations! We also have moved very recently by the sea in CA and love it. So I certainly understand all of the work involved as well as the adventure. Love that word! Looking forward to hearing more of them. Vivre sa vie.

Cheryl in STL

Congratulations on the new, old mas! It's a lovely building and I am sure it will be an even lovlier home for the four of you. Those old trees are wonderful...a steady anchor. Enjoy this new adventure!

Amber, Peoria, IL

Wow! That's really what comes to mind. Your move has been a whirlwind for your readers! I think we are all still getting used to the idea. And, I noticed others have the same questions I are the kids handling the move? What will you do now? You mentioned Olive that the next thing to press?

Milles felicitations! This is an exciting new chapter. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

sue j.

blessings to you all in your new home and community.

Jeanne of Maumee, OH

I have been gone and out of touch with France and today I see that you have moved! What, no more vineyard? I feel so out of the loop. Where can I read about your move and why it happened.

William and Lee Mears

We were so happy to see "French Word a Day" in our e-mail in-box this morning. Your new home looks wonderful and we wish you much joy and peace in your new life's adventure. Lee & Bill Mears, Bradenton, FL

Nancy in Fort Worth, TX

Thankyouthankyouthankyou for the lovely photos. Keep them up and do let us know how the adjustments for all are going. The piggy dog-house is maybe icing on the cake for the pups.

Johanna DeMay

Chère Kristin,

Mil félicitations! You have found a wonderful new world to explore and make your own. We so look forward to sharing it with you! And now that you are so near Marseille, we will be able to visit you next time we are there.

Amitiés à tous,

Johanna & Will
Albuquerque, NM

Vivian Langley

Beaucoup de bonheur.

Erin  ( from Ontario, Canada)

Best wishes to you and your family on your beautiful new home! I hope you have many years of happiness there together.


Lovely to see the photo's and start to share the new chapter. Two things - fig ice-cream, which we had in Italy the other year - is incredible so when you have mastered the technique let me know and I will be there! In the meantime, Ikea seems a good meeting point - let me know when you have a yearning to catch up or just eat Swedish meatballs!! Gros bisous. Michele xoxoxo

Alice Freeman

Aha! And now is Jean-Marc to become "Chief Fig"?
May your new home bring you great joy!

Marilyn Wheless

No more vineyard?



Herm in Phoenix, AZ

Salut Kristin,

What an exciting adventure the Espinasse family has embarked upon! bon chance!

Oh, the refreshing scents of northern Arizona. . . Enjoy! I’ve got two weeks left in Flagstaff and then it’s “Back to Phoenix”. There has been lots of rain in Flag this summer and that’s really brings out the pine scent.

That Swiss chard is excellent when blanched, coated with a mixture of equal parts bacon drippings, sugar and vinegar with a sprinkling of bacon pieces on top…Yummmm!

Sevahn Merian from Michigan

Dear Krisin,

Beautiful landscape! Just like all the good wishes you have read, enjoy and be blessed as you are a blessing to all of your readers. Good news for the thrice-weekly fans--we will get our Monday-Wednesday-Friday comforting routine back in order soon!!! No rush--well maybe un petit peu!

barbara lynch

Congratulations!! So happy for all of you. Bonne chance!!

Cassie Alexandrou in Dallas, TX

Wow! From a vinyard to the sea -- two such beautiful spots. Congratulations and much happiness in your charming new home.

Perhaps I missed a few of your posts. I'm curious to know more about what led to your decision to move. Whose idea was it? How did you find the house? How do Jackie and Max feel about their new life? Sorry to be so nosey, but I feel as if I know all of you!

Nancy Barbour

Congratulations on this new adventure! The pixs are great!


Thank you for the photos of your lovely new home. I especially love the impromptu art of your mother's paintings. :)


I think it is fabulous! Félicitations, Kristin! More lovely adventures to drool over across the Atlantic. I am sorry we missed you in July, but one of these days... Bring your book tour to Durham, NC next time around!

alicia brown

best with the unpacking and discovering new surprises each day!

Jan  Hersh

Nopales are an excellent addition to an omelette with cheese and salsa.
I am thrilled for you and your new adventures.

Robyn York in Albuquerque, NM

Salut Kristin! After weeks of being on needles and pins on your great news, I am both relieved (you not quitting us after years of great fun) and happy for you and your family. I love the "new digs" and I know with great confidence that you brought happiness with you. Being one of your American Indian friends, when we move from place to place, we smoke cedar and or sage in our new home and prayer for good things, protection of our family and to allow the old things including old spirits to move on and allow the new things in. Instead I will send warm and happy thoughts to you. I love that you are close to Marseille and look forward to new stories about live on the Mediterranean!!!

Robyn York in Albuquerque, NM

Ooops, meant to save "life on the Mediterranean"...only excuse is trying to hurry out the door while saying Congratulations and happiness.

Kristin Espinasse

It is so touching to read your comments, to recognize all your names, and to remember your previous words of support over the years. I am especially touched by the comments from new readers. Thanks. I have a good friend from the UK who teases that, quote, Americans are always talking about *blessings*. Since, I have been so careful not to use the word... but I am breaking my pact and saying it now: you are all such a blessing to me and my family! Thank you so much for your interest in these stories. I will try to answer your questions in the upcoming posts.

Jeanne asked about which post mentioned our move. Here it is (and we are still waiting for Jean-Marcs details on what prompted the move. No, adventure was not part of it. More like rest: 

judith dunn

Dear Kristin and family! Congratulations on surviving the move! May your new home be blessed for all of you... it looks like a most wonderful and enchanting place... and close to the sea. I am 71, married 51 years ( two children, 11 years apart!) and have made 18 moves in our lives together, all around the world, including 3 years in Paris! that was and remains our favorite place. Each place was a great adventure, and I learned to 'grow where I was planted' each time! We all look forward to many photos and charming tales of your newest adventure. Fresh figs in cream for brekky, I can't think of anything better right now! Best wishes for a long happy life in your new home...Jules' paintings will complete the family circle there...Judi Dunn . Tallahassee, Fl.

Faye Stampe, Gleneden Beach, OR

Congrats Kristin! Your home looks wonderful. I wish you much happiness in your new home.

Stay well!

edith schmidt


We live in a old house too. Your new old house looks charming and I'm sure you'll make it even more so.
The dogs look content too. All those new sights, sounds and smells to explore must make them very happy indeed!

Edie from Savannah

Herm in Phoenix, AZ

Salut Kristin,

I forgot to mention in my previous post:

If your cactus is similar to our desert’s Prickly Pear. The pads are eatable and sold in some specialty store here in Arizona. The fruit when ripe and peeled smells similar to watermelon. It can be used to make to make a white wine. There are numerous recipes on the internet. A challenge for Jean-Marc?

“porchene”==>“poulailler” or “maison de chien”? (pig sty ==> chicken coop or dog house?) Keep us posted!


Loved the pictures of the new place, Kristi! Thanks for taking the time, in what must still be a whirlwind of moving activity, to update us on your new diggs. I'm sure that the change in scenery will calm the frazzled nerves of the entire family. I know it must have been so tiring (though rewarding), trying to maintain a vineyard and having to work year round just to make it happen. Now you can have some quality time together and become "reacquainted" with each other. :-) So happy that you have some childhood memories coming back to life with the cactus. I love nopales, especially when they are cut into thin strips and pickled. They are also good cooked in a chicken soup! It was so easy to buy jars of them at the grocery when I lived in Arizona. Unfortunately, there's not a nopal in sight here in Wales.


Welcome back and bonne chance! Will we be tasting olive oil from you in Phoenix this winter at Vincent's?

Jennifer in OR

From Jeremiah 6:16, a lovely word for you today: ”Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls."


It's gorgeous. Everyone looks so settled in already. Congratulations.

Tom Mann

Kristi and Jean-Marc, your new home looks beautiful. I wish you and your family all the happiness au bord de la mer à Bandol.

Kristin Espinasse

Thanks, Jan! We eat a lot of omelettes here. Ill try the nopales-Jan version!

Kristin Espinasse

Thanks Marika and Robyn for the house-moving traditions. Counting corners and cedar/sage burning--so interesting. We have sage growing here beneath the prickly pear cactus...

Rosemary Deshaies

Sooooooo happy to see today's post, and share the excitement of the new location. J'ADORE!

Most challenging might be that you changed the kids' schools--been there, done that--I can appreciate the complications you face.

Will look forward to hearing more about your new life as it unfolds!

Fleur de Lisa

Wonderful happy photos !!! Meilleurs voeux, maintenant et toujours !!!

"Home is key to happiness, somewhere to call your own; a castle, house, caravan or tent, a place you call your own. With family and friends to nurture your journey on this earth, you create your unique identity, giving you a sense of worth. Home is that key to happiness and your hearts will guide you well, as that home is where the heart is, a place were you can dwell" attributed to P. Oliver

Nancy Reynolds

Your new home and the grounds are gorgeous and I am so happy for you! As a former Navy "junior" (not "brat"), I've never lived inland and I fear I would suffocate if I couldn't get to the coast within 30 minutes (now it takes me about five). You will LOVE living near the sea!

Marilynn Gottlieb

Thanks for all the photos of your "new" mas! I'm looking forward to more photos of the area too.

Mary Scott

I think I may have missed a post while on vacation! Is this a new vineyard you've moved to? An olive orchard? We've stayed in a mas in France before - are you going to have turn this into a B&B/Mas? Sorry for so many questions! It sounds like a beautiful place - congratulations on the move! But I AM looking forward to learning more!
Mary S

Phil Anderson

I think one of the big questions most of us - everyone? - now asking is: are you still in the wine making business or in to something entirely different? Did the new home come with adjacent vineyards or is this truly a complete change of career field for all of you? Will Max be spending some time soon in the air force and, if so, for how long? Have the children adjusted as well to the move as have the two dogs who seem happy with their new but quite old stone 'dog house?' All in all, we wish you the best of luck with this move and look forward to reading and seeing more of your new life in new surroundings.


Welcome home, Kristin! A very beautiful place in a uniquely Mediterranean way, with wistful light that can whisper life's secrets, but only if you are alone and very quiet. And it puts you to mind of your childhood. This place will inspire you to do what you do best. God bless you and your family.

Karen from Phoenix

CONGRATULATIONS!!! The new home looks beautiful and very relaxing. May you and your family have many happy years here. Look forward to new recipes and here about all the new adventures.

Love to you all.


Dad in smokey, burning Idaho

Keep those pictures coming...take one of the beach ten minutes from your home! I am so happy that you are happy!


Oh my, this is lovely. And you sound (almost) like yourself again. You no doubt have a wonderful new adventure ahead of you. Good luck!

Cynthia Lewis in Salisbury, Eastern Shore of Maryland

Dear Kristin,

As you can see from all of these postings that everyone is excited and happy for you and soooooo pleased to have FWAD back in our lives again. I send my very best wishes for much happiness in your lovely new home by the sea! Thankyou for all of the photos...especially the one of you smiling as you enter your new home. Bises, Cynthia

Claudette Kunsay

Bonjour la famille Espinasse d'une lectrice du Québec ! Je vous souhaite une merveilleuse fête pour cette nouvelle rentrée à Bandol ! Beaucoup de bonheur dans ce coin de paradis ! I just love old "Mas" and old places like yours ! I remember when we visited Avignon, we stayed in a Mas and enjoyed it so much ! A dream place ! J'ai hâte de voir les photos de la MER !!! Bisous à tous,

lynne pardoe

How lovely Kristen!!! It looks a gorgeous place, I'm sure you'll be very happy there. My husband and I agreed to have an adult gap year when our 13 yr old daughter leaves for university partly because of your newsletter. I loved hearing about the moving customs of other countries too. Take care, Lynne.

Lisa A.,Los Angeles, CA

Congratulations on your new home! It's just lovely.


Congratulations on your new home...I don't think you are going to be complaining : )

Susan Levine, Berkeley, California

Congratulations on your new home. Our last trip to France we had lunch by the ocean near your home. I hope the children adjust to new schools and friends, that can be difficult. Best of luck, I love your posts and photos. Thank you.

Kathleen from Connecticut


Thanks for the update. The area in which you have moved is very nice and being close to the sea is especially good. So as someone before said....what are your plans now? You, I assume, will still be writing, but what about Jean-Marc? He is still promoting the vineyard, but what else?

I am sure that you will be happy in your new home and it is great that you were able to make the the change at this time in your life. When you get older it is harder because you get settled in. I often thought that it would be great to retire in France, but that is a bit scary.

Bon chance in your new home.



So good to finally learn what's going on. Still waiting though for the reason for the move.

Does Jean Marc know Kermit Lynch? Lynch has a well-known wine store in Berkeley, California, but he also has a home east of Bandol.


Thank you for the photos! It looks lovely and a fig tree, olive trees, asperagus! I'll send a recipe for baked eggs with asperagus and parmessan cheese.

ronnie faraldo

I´m sure you will be happy and centered here.

P.V. Hadfield

For a wonderful dessertto celebrate your new locale: Take some figs, fill them with local goat cheese, wrap in fig leaves (or grape leaves, if you still have some vines in your life) and pin with a toothpick. Place the petits cadeaux on the grill for a few minutes to heat and soften the cheese; then serve. Let each recipient open their little bundle and trickle some local honey on them (perhaps lavander or acccia)..a beautiful gift from the land..

mary murray

Hi Kristen.....Congrats!!!! What a lovely looking excited for your new adventure!! I am sure the dogs are loving all the new smells!!!!!
Hopefully someday we can visit you there!!!!!
XX00 M2

Bob and Angela, Monterey Park CA

Mas des Bruns -- just like a Cezanne painting!

Bill Facker

Next ! ... Aloha, Bill

Judy Arrieta

I wish you a lot of happiness in your new home. Thanks for your little French lessons and your wonderful blogposts!

Kristin Espinasse

P.V., what a delicious recipe. Will forward to Jean-Marc, who will fire up the Weber on Tuesday--lunch for longtime friends coming in from Marseilles. Grilled daurade stuffed with local fennel -- and those chevre-figs!

Merci encore for these recipes, home-warmings, and for the generous welcome. 

Suzanne de Cornelia

How exciting!! It looks very peaceful and so green. Wishing your family much happiness in your beautiful new old home!!

Martine NYC

Kristin--Je n'ai qu'un seul mot--"Wow!" Tu m'inspires enormemant. C'est incroyable de changer la vie deux fois. Brava! Martine

Candy in CO

What a beautiful setting in which to begin new adventures, new memories - and new stories! Felicitations, chere Kristi!


After several days absence from the Internet, imagine my delight at seeing this latest post! Here's wishing you all joy, health and prosperity in your new home!
Big hugs from New York,
Linda D.

Diane Young

Chere Kristi,
Mille remerciements for the pictures and note from your new home. I felt withdrawal symptoms not knowing how long it would be before you had a chance to write us. What a beautiful and different place. Many happy times ahead for all of you. PPerhaps for Noel you can have figgy pudding a l'anglaise! May God bless your new home with much love.

lynne in the new forest

Home is where the heart is , and your heart will always be with your husband and children. I am just as excited as you. As a newcomer here I have been catching up on all your old posts and have read both your books. Now I feel I am in on the start of a new adventure!LOVE TO YOU ALL


Félicitations !!! Congratulations, Kristi & family!!! What a lovely house!!! I'm sure you'll have lots of happy moments here.
I thank you for all your posts. I haven't stopped learning and enjoying from the very moment I subscribed to your French Word-a-Day (April 2010). Please, don't stop posting and smiling!!! ;-)

Irene (Girona, Spain)


Our dear Kristin,
.....And they lived happily ever after!!!!!
This is the wonderful Espinasse family in their beautiful new home!
Thrilled for and with you!!!
Loved your post (as always) and the pictures(ditto!)
You make us feel like we're right there with all of you! What a privilege for us!
Love, Natalia XO

Geary Arceneaux

So nice to hear your news, see the pictures, and read all the lovely sentiments expressed on your behalf. Best wishes,


I totally agree with Lynne's post-home is where your heart is. After 6 states in the past 8 years, "home" has always been where my heart is and that is with my husband and children.

Enjoy and looking forward to your new adventures!
Michelle--currently from Milwaukee WI

Julie F in St. Louis, MO

Merci for taking time to post some pictures. I'm sure stories will follow in time. Braise and Smokey seem content with their new surroundings; I hope the rest of the family adjusts as well. Bon chance to your two teens as they start the new school year because it can be a challenge at that age. I don't think I'll be trying any cactus recipes, but I look forward to stories of you starting a garden (will the Dirt Divas travel south to help you?)

Susan Carter (Westminster, CA)

Welcome back, congratulations & Happy New Home! Thanks for the pictures & please continue to post more as the house looks charming as well as all the ttree laden property. Fig jam is my favorite so I'd love to have a fig tree. I'm anxiously awaiting the news of why you moved and hoping it isn't that the vineyard wore Jean-Marc out & affected his health. I know I'll enjoy following your new adventures as much as I have had following those in the past.


Your new home sounds (and looks!) lovely. May you and your family enjoy many, many happy years in it!

All the best,

Lorna Peterson

Oh, it's so lovely!! How charming, love the landscape too.

May you all have

many happy and healthy years, in your new home.

Blessings abound!! : )

Love, Lorna


Go Kristi and Jean-Marc!

Can't recall a recent photo of Kristi with such a big smile. Good times.

Dave in Maryland

Angela Sargent

Since my post early today Isn't it fabulous how many of us are in touch. You've also created a real hub of friends. Are we allowed to know your address? I understand if not - just have something to post to you! You see,you've given us all something to feel good about.

Janine Cortell

Bonjour Kristin:
I am so excited about your move to the Midi.
It is my favorite part of France having lived there for two years. How are your kids adjusting to their new home? Has it been a bit difficult for them leaving friends and school behind? Dogs seems happy as long as they are with you.
Wishing you great happiness in your new home.


Make sure you peel a thick enough layer of peel off the prickly pear fruit! Otherwise you may end up like me, in front of the bathroom mirror with tweezers picking prickles out of your tongue! Enjoy them, and your new home :)

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