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Golf

Golf adventures in Europe!

The Gates are Open

It’s both a joy and a luxury to travel freely through gates of time and place, to explore and to return, as we have done this year. Arriving home after living for a year in France, everything seemed strange and familiar all at one. As our friend Linda, who had cared for our home for … Continue reading »

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The Compass

Our compass bends toward “true home”: to that place where we must return, “définitivement.” The day of leaving France has been foreseen since the day of our arrival, but set aside, well out of sight, until now. Our plane leaves Marseille on September 3, at 10:15 am. We will be ready. Leaving our home in … Continue reading »

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Time and Customs and Cultures

It’s full-on summer now – no escaping it. Outdoor concerts abound, including the famous Aix Festival. Before setting off for England, we treated ourselves to a quintessential French dinner in the courtyard of “La Salle à Manger” in Salon de Provence. After dinner we enjoyed an evening of world music by the group Lo’Jo in … Continue reading »

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Of Swallows, Marmots and Alpine Splendor

 A summer afternoon thunderstorm is building in the view outside my window. Sainte-Victoire is conducting a swelling chorus of clouds;  the percussion section prepares to take its turn; the air freshens.    But the swallows, les hirondelles, take no notice of the approaching storm. They are busy catching dinner for their babies perched in the … Continue reading »

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Of Sheep and Turtledoves

Standing outside our front gate today, Ken pointed high into the chestnut tree and asked how many doves I could see. At first I saw only one, balanced on a limb in the cool shade of the broad leaves. And then I saw another and another, at least five, all standing perfectly still in the … Continue reading »

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Show and Tell

With any luck, I’ll be able to share in this post many photos that will give you a sense of what we’ve been up to in the last month since I’ve written here. We’ve been traveling and exploring, golfing and painting, and all the while with a heightened awareness that we will be leaving here … Continue reading »

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Short Timers

“Time keeps on slippin,’ slippin,’ slippin’ Into the future.”   Here we are in May. Time feels like a landscape, and we are rushing through it on our personal “train à grande vitesse” –tgv, traveling fast now not because we are anxious to get to the other side, but because the speed is already set … Continue reading »

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Souvenir

     SWEETPEA April 20, 1999 – January 26, 2013 Change happens so fast sometimes.  You think you’re all prepared for the day, the week, even the month, and then change turns the world upside down. We learned from the Veterinarian just a few weeks ago that SweetPea had a large mass in her abdomen. … Continue reading »

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A little bird told me . . .

“Mon petit doigt me l’a dit . . . ” is the french expression to say “A little bird told me . . .” In this case it was a little bird, to be sure.  As I settled myself to write these few words, the sun was setting over Aix en Provence.  I gazed inward … Continue reading »

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YES – the word for a new year

What’s not to love about a golf course that places a sculpture at its first tee saying (in french of course) OUI  or  YES .  After Christmas and before New Years, we drove two short hours to the southeast from Aix to try out Golf Opio Valbonne. Situated between  Nice and Grasse, it gave us … Continue reading »

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