Category Archives: Life in France

Late summer

On a summer evening some years ago, two of the South’s most celebrated writers, William Faulkner and Katherine Anne Porter, were dining together at a plush restaurant in Paris. Everything had been laid out to perfection; a splendid meal had … Continue reading

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French style and elegance

Perhaps it’s the charming backwater where I live, but I have noticed that, for all their vaunted style and elegance, the French do some extremely odd things. As in today’s photo, which is “something new.” I’ll say. And no, I … Continue reading

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From Siberia to . . .

This has been the most brutal winter I have known since moving to France. Next week I will be in Bangkok and Siem Reap. Just checked the weather forecast for Siem Reap. Heat index: 132 F !! This is going … Continue reading

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The story of the santons

Via friend Corey, here is a beautiful post about the Provencal creche, a tradition I have happily adopted.     

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Day out in Chamonix

Friend Sarah is visiting from the UK and wanted to see a bit of the Alps. So we went to Chamonix, which is an easy hour’s drive from here. It was a beautifully bright and sunny day, and we had … Continue reading

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Some things of little consequence

Was Googling around tonight for where to buy peanut butter M&Ms in France (yeah, yeah), when I chanced upon the M&Ms Wikipedia entry. Some fascinating stuff here. Today was a good day at work, despite the lack of heat (organization … Continue reading

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New Year’s Day

The peas are on the stove for Hoppin’ John. My favorite recipe, courtesy of the late lamented Bill Neal of Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill. Hoppin’ John Yields 4 to 6 servings Southerners may make resolutions for the New Year, … Continue reading

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Adopting a provençal Christmas tradition

The santons of Provence are beautiful and fun to collect and to read about, as here. Here is my crèche and some of my santons:

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Christmas at ave du Bijou

I bought a fabulous old church candelabra from friend Sian, my local brocante dealer. Decided to make it this year’s Christmas “tree.” Enjoy!   More photos coming soon, including of my creche and santons.

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Melancholy jam

First problem: my beautiful new copper pot for jam-making won’t work on my induction stovetop. Arrrghhh.  Second issue: do we think that when Google translate says “wear to a shiver,” it really means “bring to a simmer”? Life in France. … Continue reading

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