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Les Verrines from Above

Les Verrines from Above

Les Verrines from Above

120 degrees of Les Verrines. (The view from my office.) Click through for QTVR media

Four Seasons

“The Road to Les Verrines” over the last year…

Spring

Spring

Summer

Summer

Autumn

Autumn

Winter

Winter


A Look Back at Winter

Now that winter is officially over, here’s a quick look back in pictures…

The view from the bedroom window in winter.

The view from the bedroom window in winter.

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Filou’s Igloo

Because snowmen are boring. Fighting long winter day depression.

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Snow in Les Verrines

La Chapelle du Mas Saint-Jean

La Chapelle du Mas Saint-Jean

Winter has been in full force in Les Verrines for the past few weeks… Dark days, lot of rain, and sometimes even some snow! After a week of unseasonably warm weather, the last week of February we found ourselves buried again under a fresh 25cm that’s still sticking around… Now the days are slowly growing longer, and there’s some warmer weather forecast for this week. Here’s to enjoying the snow while it’s around, and looking forward to SPRING!
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A Day in the Fog

Apple Tree in the FogSometimes the fog seems to define autumn in La Creuse… but there is some kind of a haunting beauty to those really foggy days.
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Mass at Mas Saint-Jean

June 26 is the name day of Saint Jean to which the tiny chapel in Mas St. Jean is dedicated. Every year, once a year, on Saint Jean’s day, the chapel is opened up, dusted off, and a mass is held (outside since the congregation has outgrown the chapel’s size) under the great Tilleul tree which stretches over the tiny tiled roof. I’m probably not the most devout Catholic, but I had never seen the inside of the little chapel, and I had a few sins to wash off my hands anyway- so one warm Sunday in the end of June, I headed down the dirt path through the woods to Mas St. Jean to attend my first mass in a few years. This is everything church should be! Warm weather, fresh air, SUNSHINE, friendly greetings, and of course, the obligatory goûter afterwards…

Postcard from Le Mas St. Jean

In Front of La Chapelle du Mont St. Jean with the Renault

Spring in La Creuse

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One Year in Le Vignaud

Intimacy with another country is ripened by pleasures but also by loneliness and error. It is nurtured through long wet winters as well as radiant days.

–Shirley Hazzard, Italian Hours

Le Vignaud, 2 November 2008

Le Vignaud, 2 November 2008

It’s been quite a while since I have had the time to write or share any photos on the website- things have been busy over the past few months. Needless to say, I have plenty of stories and photos to share! I should have regular internet access coming soon, so expect to have some new updates on the way…

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One year has passed since I drove from Germany in a rickety old Renault truck, bound for my tiny village in France. It has been a wonderful ride- I have made life-long friends, followed a longstanding dream, overcome many obstacles, and fallen to others. But through all the cold, the rain, the sunshine, the good food, the up and the downs, I wouldn’t trade a day of the last year for anything else.

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