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Provencal Garden Party
2017-07-26 07:43 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

Provencal Garden Party, Corey amaro



Because Chelsea and Sacha were home, Because the summer evenings in Provence are so mild and delicious, because Philippe makes paella, because the City Hall lets the community use their hall tables and benches (delivers them too), and because I love throwing a party and getting stressed by French Husband's casual attitude like...

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It Takes a Village
2017-07-25 06:54 UTC by Tongue in Cheek


A baby's cry always gets my attention. Their cries makes the mother in me go on alert: Where is the baby? Why is the baby crying? Is there an adult caring for the baby? Is the baby being abused?

Such was the case the other day in the grocery store. A mother was pushing her crying baby in a stroller. The crying baby was looking...

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Rainy Day in Provence: Art on the Window
2017-07-24 06:55 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

rainy day in Provence, Corey Amaro,





As the sky darken over the mountains where we live, I knew we were in for a fast and furious downpour.  These are some of the photos as we drove home.



rainy day in Provence, Corey Amaro,



As it doesn't rain much in Provence compared to the rest of France, when it does rain the landscape...

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Lessons Children Learn while in the Garden
2017-07-23 06:11 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

                         Snail in the garden


When my children were little, we had a magical, organic vegetable garden. We had tomatoes until December, green beans that made Jack-in-the-bean-stalk, look like any Tom-Dick-or-Harry-kind-of-ordinary-guy, and spinach that...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2017-07-23
2017-07-23 04:00 UTC

  1. Why I Travel
  2. Snapshots from Cassis and Dinner in our Place
  3. Family at Home
  4. Last Weekend in Ardeche
  5. Smoothies, Detox and Ice Cream Bars

The Pig Costume
2017-07-22 05:09 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

Brother Sister fun


Sacha's selfie in his pig costume, teasing Chelsea.



Brother Sister fun



Sacha and Chelsea have been Chez Nous for the last week, a holiday at home. I have enjoyed every minute and am thinking of kidnapping them back to childhood. Why do children grow-up and leave home? Well, maybe according to these...

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Not Detox Pasta, but Delicious
2017-07-21 06:15 UTC by Tongue in Cheek



When life throws you a lemon catch it.

In a saute pan swirl chopped garlic and walnuts. Which will give them a chance to share perfumed notes with one another.

When the two are golden brown let a river of cream flow over them. Though before the cream should start to boil add the juice of the lemon that you caught, nice and steady as not to...

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Last Weekend in Ardeche
2017-07-20 06:10 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

Lavender with Arnelle in Ardeche



There is something tangibly romantic about driving around lavender fields in a classic French vintage car. Arnelle and I drove around the back-back-back roads of Ardeche where she lives part of the year. We gleaned the orchards for apricots too. I felt like I was in a French movie.



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Why I Travel
2017-07-19 06:54 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

Corey amaro antique papers

The words on the letter say, "Big Kisses".


Chelsea is back from Bangladesh, and if anything she is deeper and more beautiful than ever. I am amazed by her depth, kindness and generous spirit. I am grateful to be her Mother.

On her latest blog Chelsea posted the following:



"This is why I love to travel.


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Smoothies, Detox and Ice Cream Bars
2017-07-18 06:40 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

apricot smoothie



This morning my children told me we were going on a detox together. When I dared ask, "Who did they mean by "we" and what exactly did "we" have to do?" They started with their plan of action: Sacha would make smoothies for breakfast, then we would exercise with Sacha as our instructor, followed by lunch that I would make, and...

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Family at Home
2017-07-17 07:10 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

cassis at twilight


Chelsea is home.

And all is good.

Sacha is here too.

All four of us, family, together.

I will write more, but at this moment all I want to do is be with them.



If you haven't ready Chelsea's blog while she was in Bangladesh look at it here 

If you have been following here, thank you, your comments...

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