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Pandemic lockdown #13: Holy Saturday

Worked in the yard/garden today. Trying to think of a future with flowers and vegetables and herbs–eventually! Scenes from recent walks. The rapeseed fields are about to burst into bright yellow bloom. Those are the Jura mountains in the background. … Continue reading

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Pandemic lockdown #12: a quick walk with the girls

Still lots of work to do, today and tomorrow, but getting out for a short walk is becoming imperative. We went out into the fields and took in the splendor. This pandemic is completely unreal.

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Pandemic lockdown #11: in which we visit many more dead people

I have been doing some serious writing for work and am tired by the middle of the day and in need of a break in the outside air. The weather is still unbelievably beautiful here. Poppy and Ivy and I … Continue reading

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Pandemic lockdown #10: photos along the route

No time to write today, as swamped with work. Managed to squeeze in a very short walk. Here were some scenes along the way.

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Pandemic lockdown #9: in which we visit some famous dead people

We went for a short walk in the freezing cold today. We passed by the former home of the co-founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross. It’s a beautiful house, with loads of daffodils and tulips in bloom. … Continue reading

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Pandemic lockdown #8: A poem for the morning

I just heard this on the BBC and had to share it with you. ‚ÄúThis is the time to be slow, Lie low to the wall Until the bitter weather passes. Try, as best you can, not to let The … Continue reading

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Pandemic lockdown #7: minor news on a number of fronts

I’m happy to report that God’s little beady-eyed creature that made itself at home on Alice’s bed the other night went to meet his Maker yesterday. He had the grace to die out in the open, praise be, and not … Continue reading

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Pandemic lockdown #6: In which we have a visitation

I awoke early this morning (question for later discussion: will I ever sleep again? is anybody sleeping?) to find all the lights blazing in the living room and Alice looking a bit bleary and reclined upon the sofa. What on … Continue reading

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Pandemic lockdown #5

I ran across this quote the other day, which seems peculiarly suited to the current moment: “One must live every day as if it were one’s last, and as if one would live forever, both at the same time.” –Alexander … Continue reading

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Pandemic lockdown #4: Morning Coronabaking edition

I see that a lot of people are making bread these days, as am I (even though our boulangeries in France are open, but of course, bread being an utterly essential item here, and lack of same leading to riots … Continue reading

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