Friday, May 15, 2009

Tennis Anyone?


Tomorrow is the bi-annual tennis round robin at our very sweet tennis club in La Croix Rousse, and hopefully we will all be brave enough to play, haha. Not wearing an outfit like this however...

Les Ados + being an Expatriate


Oh la la to be 14 again (no thanks :) I never pictured myself living on my own with 2 teenage girls and 2 dogs in France. But, here I am and while this is truly the most challenging experience I have every had, it is also the coolest and most fulfilling. Every single day, I am stretched in ways I have never been before. fascinating/hard/lonely/amazing/thrilling/frustrating/allthat

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mowing the Fields




I am really behind on yard work and when I say yard work, I mean really field work. When we arrived this weekend at Balmont, I was flabbergasted by how high the grass had grown (and is it really grass?) Surrounding our house, all the way up to the front steps was knee-high green. "Je dois tondre les prés," I say to the farmer next door, who looks at me like I am absolutely out of my mind, images of Carrie and "Sex and the City" flashing through his head. My daughter, Abbie, asked me if I had ever owned a pair of Manolo Blahniks. I must draw the line somewhere. These days, I can be found exclusively on the weekends in my old pair of leather Vejas, painty, ripped pants and comfy "le love" shirt {a Basic French exclusive,} cutting down les lilas to offer in bouquets to my neighbors, pulling up the endless mauvaise herbes, and mowing the fields...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Night Sky


It's staying light until about 9 at night. I love that.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Le Printemps




I have become such an urban girl again, living in Lyon over the last 20 months that I truly have a hard time dragging myself out of the city to our amazing little country house only 50 minutes from the center of the Presqu'ile (almost island.) But wow, when I do, I can't believe how unbelievable it is and how truly rural France is. And the funny thing, after a day or two, I truly have a hard time dragging myself away from our little hamlet. I am blessed with my lovely, blossoming girls, my sweet and loving dogs and this dual life I lead. I am so grateful.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Trop Fun!

It was so beautiful in les Monts du Lyonnais and we just had too much fun.

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