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family traditions and being thankful

As my American friends celebrate their Thanksgiving; bringing their families together,  I’m also thinking about our traditions and our many reasons to be thankful wherever we are. Family traditions may look meaningless from the outside, but to those who enjoy and perpetuate them, they are full of importance and comfort and enjoyment.   Continuing a tradition is a reiteration of love for the person who taught you that tradition, our way of saying “you got it right, thank you,...

a long weekend in paris – staying in st germain

This short little story is the second part in the tale of Zelda, who we saw last week, finding herself unexpectedly packing for a working trip to Paris and free to plan for a bonus long weekend alone in the city of lights .   You can read the first part HERE, or scroll down to find out how she enjoys her weekend in Paris. Zelda’s working week in the business district sped past in a blur.  On Friday morning, after a full and busy week , she bid goodbye to   her team and wished them...

a long weekend in paris – part one – the packing!

Zelda pulled her biggest suitcase out from the back of her wardrobe then frowned.   “This is  meant to be a business trip, they’ll laugh to see me turn up with some huge bag like a tourist. ….  Think Zelda think …. you’re only going for a week, and most of that is going to be business meetings .  It’s just the last weekend where you can take time to explore Paris” “Explore Paris”, she couldn’t even believe she was saying those words! ...

autumn food – the tarte tatin

  When I was writing my entertaining book, with all the different tablescapes and ideas for entertaining through the seasons, my editor Madge Baird suggested that we include some recipes.   Just a few to illustrate how we like to live and eat by the season here in France. Having grown up in a large family, then having raised our four children, it was easy to come up with a list of favorite dishes, that are more about traditional family food than fancy cuisine.   The Tarte Tatin or upside...

talking of food

  My husband calls his parents each week.   His mother is not so chatty, so he mostly talks with his Dad.    Theirs is a beautiful relationship.  Bereft of judgement; caring, respectful and kind.    They live many miles apart, but these conversations keep them up to date with each others health, mood, and daily routine. I’m often close by when the calls take place and cannot help but hear snippets of the conversations, that always make me smile.  Of course there is talk of a mundane...

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