* Between The Sea (the Med) and The Alps -- {Pronounce: ontruh la mair eh lay zalp}

Friday, January 30, 2015

Small town humanitarian aid

Tsunami 01The first time I remember ever hearing the word tsunami was with the Indian Ocean earthquake of 2004, now ten years ago.  (The day it happened was also our very first visit to our current church.)  It ended up being the deadliest tsunami in recorded history.

Our little village created a humanitarian relief organization, and we just had an exposition to show the results.  I thought you might enjoy seeing humanity at work all over the world.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Another trip around the Sun

Doc 68 1Since I started blogging last year, I've introduced all the members of our family and paid tribute to them on their birthdays.  Except for the patriarch of the clan. 

While Doc Leo has the earliest calendar date birthday each year, he's ended up having the last birthday on my blog.  Today we shall rectify that!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Alpine rain

Rain 1

Winter rain in our region often changes the appearance of the landscape.  Yesterday, we got rain.  A fair amount of it.

So I thought you might enjoy the beautiful view we had from our balcony this morning.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A project to start the new year

Planter 01

After completing my Christmas project, I was enticed to continue with a New Year's project, especially considering how perfect our weather has been for such concepts. 

Apparently, all the November rain we had (five times normal) is supposed to be holding us over the rest of the winter, and all the heat we did not have in summer is trying to manifest itself in the middle of winter.

Both conditions create a perfect environment for some serious earth rearranging.  So I took advantage!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Our mayor's best wishes for 2015

2015 Galette 01

January is always fun in France in general, our village in particular for us.  The town sponsors an open invitation to everybody to participate together in sharing the Galette des Roi, or King's Cake in English, as part of the New Year's and Epiphany celebrations. 

The French eat it all month long; our night out with the village was last Friday.  You might enjoy how it works, at least in our current world.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Bring on 2015!

New Year 2015 01I would like to wish everybody both near and dear to me, as well as those I may not ever have met, a wonderful beginning to another year. 

No matter what we may have faced in the past, we are all still here with a promise for the future.

So, Happy New Year, version 2015!

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