Monthly Archives: September 2010

Emergency Kits Must Include Corkscrews

My parents are in Burgundy now, staying at La Maison de la Vieille Vigne and I am feeling very jealous delighted for them.  Two nights ago they had a lovely cheese fondue dinner at Martial and Isabelle’s with Charlotte and Marco and all the gang of kids while I stomped around an articifical turf here in Victoria at my Charlotte’s Saturday morning soccer game (something I promised myself I would never agree too, but as Franck always says, Ne dis jamais “Fontaine, je ne boirai pas de ton eau“) trying very hard not to think of all the fun and delicious food that was going on without me. 

Luckily they were eating cheese fondue, which I made myself so completely sick on when I was in my mid-20s (not the fault of a bad gallbladder at that point, but rather of sheer gluttony) that I still cannot stomach it even to this day.    Still, that wasn’t enough to make me not long to be there with them. 

Anyway, the next morning Le Monstre Vert  (our ancient Ford Mondeo) that my parents are borrowing died in Beaune and my Dad had the smart idea of Martial.  Within minutes Martial came roaring up in his impeccable black sedan and whipped out his toolkit.  As I said to my dad on the phone, I have never met anyone as well equipped as Martial in every occasion. Anyway, out came Martial’s roadside emergency kit.  My Dad eyed it, impressed.  Martial unzipped it and pulled out the first item on top which was…a corkscrew.

Ahhhhhh Burgundy.   Vous me manquez.

Glad SOMEBODY’S Blogging!

Sorry for the continued lack of posting – I haven’t been very well and have spent most of last week at the doctor’s office – with an exciting middle of the night ER visit two nights ago just to break up the tedium! Anyway, really keeping fingers crossed that normal life (and regular posting here) will resume soon.

In the meantime, our most recent guest at La Maison des Chaumeswho also happens to be a writer for the travel industry posted a few posts on her French vacation blog about her stay in Villers-la-Faye.

To read more,  just click here. Enjoy!

Back to La Routine, and a Big Hole Too

You may or may not have noticed a definite dearth of posting here in August.

There were a few reasons why I took a break.  First of all, I really felt I needed to step back and think about what direction I wanted this blog to go in in the next year. I figured August was a good time to do this as many people are away from their computers (and rightly so) to enjoy their summers.

We were also extremely busy with friends here from France for the whole month of August and with the planning of our new house that is now actually a huge excavated hole (thanks to out lawn ornament as seen in the photo above).  My computer time was severely curtailed and it was all I could do to get the absolutely essential emails done for work, let alone blog about anything.  My lack of tiem meant that I had to choose between living and blogging about living; I chose the former.

But today the girls are back in school and Clem is back in daycare.  Ahhhhh….there is something very reassuring about going back to a routine.  So I will be back to blogging again about life in France, life in Canada, and that murkey area in between.   Oh yeah, and The Hole.