The Truth about Autumn

Oh autumn, with your pretty colours, your shifting light and cool days. Everyone seems to be madly in love with you. “My favourite time of year” appears to be the overwhelming sentiment. So why exactly is it that I don’t feel that same way about you? Why do you fill me with dread?

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The Rain in Spain

Apparently, it falls mainly on the plain. However, for us, it mostly fell on the motorway as we were leaving town, thankfully. The rest of the time it was scandalously hot with a lot of humidity. It was exactly what I expected from Spain.

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South of France Bureau

My dear friend Elspeth spends much of her summer at her cottage in Ontario and often refers to it as the “northern branch of EC Consulting”. I like this idea so much I am stealing it. And this last week, Vacqueyras has truly been the South of France branch of my office.

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Home. Happy.

Another year has passed and I am finally back “home” in Provence. I now have the time and motivation to get back to writing. This blog is a journal really; a memoir so when I get hazy, I can go back and relive some of my most treasured moments.

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Crazy Weather Lady

People always ask why I leave for the summer. Why on earth would you want to leave when the weather is so nice? The short answer, I leave to get an actual summer. A real one, where temperatures are around 30 degrees consistently and the sun shines. You feel heat, even in the shade. That’s why I leave.

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Cinq à Sept, Apéro Time

Cinq à sept is a Quebecois term for cocktail hour. The term is not generally used in France, but I find it a delightful turn of phrase, which literally refers to the hours between five and seven pm. A time to unwind after work and enjoy a drink with friends before dinner.

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