Posted on October 26, 2010
Posted on October 15, 2010
I’ve decided to enroll in a local art class, and I’m really excited. It’s been SO long since I’ve been in the art classroom. I’m trying to decide between two different classes, and visited them both this week. The first one was an adult class at a community center, and was really low-key and laid back…no worries about grades! There were five ladies taking the class, and the teacher is the super sweet and has lots of cool ideas. Yay! It was tons of fun and I felt like I used to feel back in elementary school when we had art class on Fridays, my favorite time of the whole week.
Posted on October 14, 2010
Posted on October 10, 2010
I recently discovered Katie’s blog, and I just love her commitment to celebrate all things happy in life. I have the tendency to be very aware of negative things… so, inspired by Katie, I’m gonna start being deliberate about being positive. Here are a few of the happy things about my weekend working in the Chateau kitchen!
Posted on October 6, 2010
I’ve been re-reading James Herriot’s book, All Creatures Great and Small. It’s a semi-autobiographical work based on his experiences as a country veterinarian in England from 1940 on. It’s the kind of book that makes you feel cozy and happy and optimistic about life, as he warmheartedly recounts his interactions with farmers, rural folk, and their animals.
We have a friend here in France who is a country vet, specializing in cattle. Today he and his wife took a group of us to visit a cattle auction where he serves as one of the vets who inspect the cattle before they are sold. It was incredibly efficiently run, with all sorts of modern, tech-y systems in place…but I still felt like I was entering James Herriot’s stories! All the farmers wore these long, black jackets, had tall rubber boots, and carried wooden sticks to keep the cattle in line. Their faces, mannerisms, and clothing perfectly fit my American imagination of a classic European farmer…and for some reason it’s always satisfying to experience things here that fit what they’re “supposed” to be like in my mind. Just how I’m sure a French person would be so tickled to go to America and see a cowboy!
Posted on October 3, 2010
Jay’s been wanting to do a several-day bike trip for a few years now. I’d been dragging my heels a bit because every time we would go on a bike ride and hills were involved (which, in our neck of the woods is pretty much every single time) I felt like I was going to die within roughly three minutes. So I couldn’t really imagine trying to ride all day long for multiple days in a row.
We started going out on more and more short rides, and I realized I really enjoyed it, and I even began to conquer my hatred and fear of hills. We worked up to doing a 50 mile ride two weeks ago and deemed ourselves ready for a trip.
We rode for four days and covered 300 kilometers, making a loop throughout our region of the Saône-et-Loire. Yes I was saddle-sore, yes I had to squelch my grumbling during a 25-mile hilly stretch (and when our 65 kilometer day turned into a 98 kilometer day), and yes sometimes biking for hours on end does get a bit boring. But mostly it was just incredibly satisfying to journey through the countryside with Jay, enjoying the beauty, the challenge, and the discovery together. I’d do it again.