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Laury Bourgeois
FRANCE
I am a single, professional social worker, living in the south of France.
Interests: garden, hike, play piano, bike ride, read ravenously, cook and photography
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I am of the habit of going up to bed with a book around 7:30 or 8:00 here in Cadrieu. In the summer, it doesn't get dark until 10:00. I have time to read, watch the birds, pay close attention... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Soar-Dream-France
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Yesterday afternoon I was working feverishly on the computer to research some flights, hotels and tickets for a very special event. My back was to the windows as I worked. The sun was streaming in. When I looked behind me... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Soar-Dream-France
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Back when I started the blog in 2009, I had a special side bar that I called "Books on the Beam!" I loved it, because that was the spot where ALL of my books and journals rested. Today, all of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Soar-Dream-France
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Throughout this process of recovery from the fire for me, many many people have been in my corner. I've tried very hard to let people know along the way that I appreciate them. Yesterday, was a day to take it... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Soar-Dream-France
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The pansies I bought to dude up the window of the apartment in Cajarc were a pleasure that kept on giving right up until a week or so ago. When I left for my travels to Toulouse and Ipswich, Evelyn... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Soar-Dream-France
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It's been a time of heavy loss for me. Really, not just for me...for many close to me. The layers of loss seem to be piling up everywhere. Some of it is loss of the living, but we all know... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Soar-Dream-France
Oh Niels-what great news about your bike ride...it really is petit a petit for both of us. And you know, we really aren't the only ones. I also believe it's a much healthier approach to life these days. Let's keep our mantra going...pas a pas...petit a petit...Love you bunches-hugs to you and Bodil-Laury
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2018 on Slower than Snails at Soar-Dream-France
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Since I've returned to the Chatette, I frequently say that it's petit a petit or a step at a time for me with things here. In most instances, I'm pretty good about feeling my way into re-entry and am pleased... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Soar-Dream-France
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Having shared my "smokey" girls with you throughout our process of return, I thought you might like to see where they have ended up! While they were hanging out on the evier looking beautiful with the rest of the gang,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Soar-Dream-France
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Happy to have found a needle and thread at the Petit Casino on Friday, I decided to go to work on mending my pretty lace tablecloth that I got for a song at the Grealou Vide Grenier (after cutting the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Soar-Dream-France
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...morning has broken on the first day of this weekend. With a week of ups and downs and so much terrible, heartwrenching news in the world, this morning was a blessing. When it all just gets to be too much,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at Soar-Dream-France
It really is an amazing symphony around here! The birds and the lavoir are my music these days...music that I don't make myself on Monsieur Winkelmann, that is! Happy Weekend to you and Bodil-Miss you both-Love, Laury
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2018 on Flowing at Soar-Dream-France
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One of the huge benefits of lots of rain up on the causse and around here for me and those of us in the "hood," is that the lavoir flow is huge, rapid and melodic. We have water symphonies everywhere.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Soar-Dream-France
Hey Niels-it seems that the weather is crazy all over the world. I'm grateful not to be in the scorching heat of New Orleans OR Denmark for that matter. I am finding that the thought of traveling anywhere right now is stressful for me. There is so much going on here and I am much more overwhelmed and sad than I really allow myself to be sometimes and it catches up with me. I'm okay-a day at a time. That said...I'm thinking it's going to have to be next year to visit you and Bodil. I feel like I keep putting you off, but there's just been so much lately-I know you understand. We shall catch up-Hang in, Stay Cool, and know I love you both-Laury
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2018 on Defining Do and Done at Soar-Dream-France
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...looking back have been making me miss Sammie Cat even more than usual. I have been looking for these favorite photos of her and the orange patchwork quilt because I want to put one in a frame for the Chatette.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Soar-Dream-France
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While the last few days have begun with rain, most were sprinkles in the morning and mostly sweet, silly teases. Once it starts to rain, I'm in the habit of immediately thinking of inside projects and assume no hope of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Soar-Dream-France
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During my May 2014 visit, I had a very special Mother's Day kind of blackbird joy. Watching those babies hatch and grow made me smile, but I missed them when they left the nest. These days when I see the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at Soar-Dream-France
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Coming back from the nursery full of flowers that day with Jane, I had plans for most of them. We hadn't been able to truly flower up in years. It was a real treat. I knew where I wanted flowers,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at Soar-Dream-France
Hey Niels-sorry I'm so slow...it is really wonderful to be home and easing back in to what life has seemed to be for me with some wrinkles of heightened awareness. We've had some warm days, but not too hot. I'm not good with the heat either. I'm glad to be here and not in New Orleans right now from what everyone is saying. Happy Sunday and lots of love to you and Bodil-Laury
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2018 on Only a Month at Soar-Dream-France
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Having "Silly Boy" come to visit on and off is making my transition sans Sammie Cat a little bit of an easier one. I still miss her desperately, but watching him and spending time with him make me smile. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2018 at Soar-Dream-France
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Earlier this week, I was pinching myself again. I realized that on May 28 I had been home for just a month...a month that felt like anywhere from a moment to a million years depending on the day. The accomplishments... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Soar-Dream-France
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I have a new fan! Chicken has found a home on one of the twirling chairs that I've put beside our Monsieur. His very round and pudgy body almost takes up the whole twirling seat. He looks like he belongs!... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Soar-Dream-France
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Some days, you just want to have a kir and wander your way to the Lot. That day was Saturday for me. We just found out the copper cable had been stolen again and our whole village was without phone... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Soar-Dream-France
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One of the things that I do each evening before closing the Chatette up and going up to bed, is heading over to the wagon to take the red umbrella down for the night. Coming back to the house up... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Soar-Dream-France
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Days of rain and no phone or internet lend themselves to getting more chores done around here. From the photo above, I'm sure you can see why they are chores. Everything is black. Some things can be saved and somethings... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Soar-Dream-France