NATURE'S SPLENDORS: PUMPKINS

Fall is here and so are the pumpkins! As you may have noticed by now, I get a real kick out of seeing how edible things grow. 
I came across this field near our new home in southern Provence, a region which is better known for its cherries, olives and lavender. The region is so rich, it grows almost everything from apricots, apples and pears to the famous melons of Cavaillon. Not to mention the many vineyards that are responsible for your next great glass of Rosé! And now, as fall has just arrived, the pumpkins are being harvested here, which means that you'll soon be able to enjoy your favorite autumn soup!

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IT LOOKED LIKE THE MOON

Today with a solar eclipse of 70% in this region, I was curious to see what Zurich would look like under a gray veil. I went to the ETH building and its terrasse that offers a wide view of the city. I found hundreds of students prepared to watch the show. Kids and families had come to witness this. Food stands were ready to serve up goodies. And it turned out that the light didn't change all that much. But the real show was the scene, the people! To see how a natural occurrence can bring so many people together in happy curiosity was a real treat. So I went ahead and ignored the sun...

 

.... in fact, when I did look through the filter, the sun... well, it looked like the moon.


SPRING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Sometimes "travel" can mean taking a walk around your own little neighborhood. And with a travel attitude in your mind, you usually discover things you haven't seen before. Not that I hadn't seen these trees before, but after having spent days in the studio I happily discovered that they are in full bloom! Unexpected, yes, because it's unusually early. But then, last year, it was all really late, so what to expect from the weather? Nothing, and take the beautiful gifts it gives. Especially considering the snow that's coming our way in a couple of days...

Happy Spring!
 


NATURE'S SPLENDORS: LAVENDER

I haven't been posting much lately as I'm getting married this summer.... and a wedding seems to be a project like no other! 

I will be getting married very soon in Provence and from the many trips there I'd like to share with you just a few pictures of the wonderful lavender that grows there.....

It is just the time for harvest and driving by the fields is captivating as it smells like lavender around every corner....

I just wish I could bring all of those bundles back to my home !

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MIDSUMMER'S COLORS

Have you been living outside lately too? It's warm.. it's sunny.. it's Summer! A river runs next to my house and it's been great to go down there and cool off.  The sound of crickets chirping accompanies us during dinner on our west side terrasse every evening. The fields are changing almost daily, now shimmering in golden brown tones. Walks through nature are on the daily menu now. Midsummer.... a time when everything seems to stand still in the countryside, when we move slowly, when we eat cold things and seek the shade... and we feel the sticky air on our skin and only wear a little bit of nothing. 
 

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SNOW

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All of this whiteness outside is snow

Our nights, intrinsically dark, now suddenly glow

For weeks and weeks it has been full moon

It's this snow that lights our nights like it's noon

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