Halloween! I think you all should send me some photos of you and/or your child
in costume so I can post them here. Ok?
just going to ramble a minute and post a few photos.
gonna be our President y'all??? Yikes! and God help America.
just found out that Erik's class is going on a week-long trip to Paris in May.
Definitely a perk of living in France ... a field trip to Paris! Jason is going
to do an exchange to either Massachusetts (same school Kerry's kids went!) or
to Canada. He hopes to go to Canada. We haven't heard anything about a trip or
exchange for Emily's class yet.
took Jonathan to the airport Monday, a little later than usual ... at 10am instead
of 5am. That's a much more agreeable time to be operating a motor vehicle <haha>.
He'll be gone for a 9-day trip to Stockholm, Copenhagen and Milan, one of his
usual routes these days. He has some long layovers in Stockholm so maybe he will
get out to do some exploring.
got some things accomplished while he was home for the week... mostly he
got things accomplished. He took the car to get the brakes fixed, got new wipers
put on, picked up the headboard to a bed we bought, replaced a lot of burned-out
lightbulbs (why do I hate doing that??? ...maybe something to bring up
in therapy?) and Jonathan, Emily and I cleaned up the car. It looks so nice! Both
of us are the world's worst at keeping the car clean so we are still feeling all
pumped up over that. For those of you who keep your car clean, I know you are
scratching your head over this one.
and I went out to eat Soupe de Poisson one night in Aix while he was home. It's
nice that it's soup weather again. I'd love to have some of the soup that the
ladies of my mother's church make for fundraising every week during the fall/winter.
And one of their homemade chicken salad sandwiches ... oh-là-là.
we all went exploring. It's the first time we've all been exploring together for
a long time. The kids always complain about going now even though they end up
having fun. Jason always asks even as we are walking out the door if he can stay
home. After he asked for the umpteenth time 'when are we going home', I told him
that my father died when I was his age and I would give anything to spend
a day anywhere with him, so he should stop complaining! It worked for a
few minutes! Anything to promote family bonding time...
went to Lourmarin and had a picnic next to the playground and watched a soccer
game in progress. The kids had a good time playing on the slide and merry-go-round
(old fashioned kind ... you sit on it and spin it).
We walked around the village and went to the shop where we had previously bought
a sculpture of, what I call, my little sad man. Unfortunately, he looks really
sad now because he shattered into 4 pieces when I knocked him off the nightstand
while making the bed. The artist is Belgian, lives in France and he started making
these men out of smoked clay after being inspired by seeing victims of the war
in the Czech Republic. I love them ... they are so different and soulful and I
was really sorry I broke the first one. So thankfully, they still had more at
this shop and we bought another one with 3 little sad men on it. My little sad
went in another shop with household things (pillows, plaques, tea towels) with
French "quotes" on them (note to self: return to this shop without Jonathan
and spend too much money).
Jonathan and I stopped for a café crème ... American-sized coffee
with steamed cream.
We drove on to Bonnieux and beyond to see if there was any fall color. Most of
the color in the area is pale yellow ... not very spectacular, but the weather
was definitely beautiful and fall-like and we drove around with our windows down
and our arms sticking out against the wind.
drove to La Coste for the first time and walked up to the chateau ruins. This
chateau was owned by the master of 18th century debauchery, the Marquis de Sade.
Heard of Sadism? Mmm-hmm. Since this is a family-friendly site, let's just say
the Marquis was arrested and jailed for a large portion of his life for committing
various indecent, incorrigible and illegal acts. But then, the end of the 18th
century was a time of decadence of the most extreme forms in all of Europe, and
some say in France especially. The Kings were involved and immensely enjoyed the
freedoms and indulgences of the social upheaval of the time.
La Coste, we drove on to Roussillon and stopped for a quick walk around the block.
Roussillon is famous for its beautiful red cliffs and ochre quarries and is in
the heart of one of the biggest ochre deposits in the world.
it was dinnertime by now, we drove back to Bonnieux for a salad and pizza at one
of our favorite pizzerias. Thankfully all the villages in the area are close together
and it's easy to explore a lot in one day.
a Happy Halloween and don't forget to send me some photos! Keep in touch! VOTE!
with a few miscellaneous photos ...
sent me this sign funny!
and Erik at the Sous Prefecture in Aix.
Yes, once again it was time to renew
the paperwork that keeps us here legally from year to year. We always feel like
we are going to some hugely important inquisition and that we are on the verge
of being immediately deported or swiftly imprisoned <g> Of course that's
not true but it's still always a mystery. Part of it is because Jonathan is gone
so much and we only have a short window of opportunity when he is home and the
time is nigh for staying legal. Jonathan is meticulous about providing everything
they require but this year they asked for a photocopy of our current Carte de
Sejour which is NOT mentioned on the list. That has never been required before.
Thankfully, she made the copies for us instead of us having to reappear with the
Been there, done that.
playing his Gameboy after his bath. Looks pretty comfy doesn't he?
doing KP with a flourish.
bed we bought
we passed through Cadenet, we noticed an early Santon fair set up. We bought a
lady holding pumpkins and a totally secular Santa Santon!
"hand" fountain in Cadenet
carefully preparing bread for cheese and Jason enjoying chips in Lourmarin.
kids playing in a pipe on the playground.
Little Sad Men!
fat cat. All of these little villages have tons of cats that come out in the evenings
... it really is like the Broadway musical!
was a nice little market stand. Look closely in the case to the right...
heads! The sign in the front of them says 'Dit moi Bonjour' ... Say Hello to me!
tower and campanile at La Coste
(wrought iron bell tower) ... built here because the strong winds in the region
could topple a solid one.
kids at La Coste. The little village in the distance is Bonnieux.
and the ochre cliffs.
buildings in Roussillon are especially beautiful at sunset.
of sunsets ... back to Bonnieux for pizza and a great sunset.
you for stopping by! See ya soon!
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