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Kristin Espinasse
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Alright, roaring drunk!
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Margaret, you bring up a very good point about integrating into a foreign family. I admit to being *quite* tipsy at the first cousinade, where the flow of wine made it easy to forget my anxiety. I will look for that story, as I do recall writing it down. As for your extended family, please count me in!
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This weekend there were more than 30 of us seated at the table for our family reunion in Fuveau. Listen to the previous sentence, in French, below. "une cousinade" : family reunion Click here to listen to Jean-Marc read the next sentence in French Ce week-end nous étions une trentaine de personnes à table, lors de notre... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
That is interesting! I did not even notice we were resting beneath a formidable creature! I had to study the image to finally see the various formations in the rock wall!
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Thank you for your order, Anne!
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Thank you, Marie, for the helpful corrections--always appreciated. I will update the post at the next chance.
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Spectacular views from every window, a charming, private courtyard, comfortable spacious rooms, and air-conditioned bedrooms make Maison des Pèlerins very inviting all year round. View this rental property. Don't put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear. Ne mettez jamais rien de plus petit que votre coude dans votre oreille. Don't miss the rest of this... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, Gordon!
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On Sunday, we took the long way to the beach, enjoying one of the many sentiers, or walking paths--this one fragrant with sweet-scented Scotch Broom! What with the perfumed air and feel of the sea's breeze, it was a sensual Father's Day morning--especially when my ears began to be tickled by a funny Southern French exclamation soon... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, Joanne! Im going to forward your comment to my father. He told me just last night just where Roland fits in our family tree (Roland is my paternal grandfathers first cousin). So enjoyed your note. Merci encore.
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Whoops! That was supposed to be the word of the day...before it got changed to racines. Le cousin germain = first cousin
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Thank you, Angelique! That is especially good to hear after returning from a break and resuming this blog.
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The fishing village of Porticello, Sicily, where we had a memorable meal and celebration. "RACINES" : roots Hear Jean-Marc pronounce the following sentence. Click here RACINE La famille - Comme les branches d'un arbre, nous grandissons tous dans de différentes directions, mais nos racines ne font qu'un. Family - like branches on a tree, we all grow... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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I have been thinking about you, Millie. So very happy to see your message here 💛
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Ron, I believe you are referring to a slightly different expression with an entirely different meaning. (I did encounter the phrase you mention when preparing this post.)
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In the 5 years we've lived here, I have posted photos of our home here and here and here. This one, of Jean-Marc's DIY waterfall (a garden hose secured by a few rocks) shows the boulders on the side of our farmhouse and the almond trees that shade them in summertime. You can also see the giant... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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A one-line metaphorical update on the sale of our vineyard here in St. Cyr-sur-Mer: For 7 months now, despite a mountain of bureaucracy involved in the transfer of our property, and with a few thousand miles to go...it seems we are about to come in for a rough landing--and I can almost see us all (Mama Jules... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, Margaret, for your thoughtful message about signs and crossroads. A very good and helpful message. And thank you for your words about my photos and subjects. This helps too, and keeps me on my path. Wishing you and yours a lovely week. To all who are reading, enjoy your days!
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Thank you, Gus! That means so much! I will make sure Mom sees your message, too.
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Thank you, Colm. I am so touched seeing your message!
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Thank you, Ellen!
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Thank you Jean and Hubert, for a most helpful correction. I will remember this, now, thanks to the handy example you shared. Now to fix the text...
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Linda, it is thanks to you that I discovered Brian Doyle. While scrolling through my Instagram feed my eyes caught on the wonderful picture of you two, and I stopped to read your note and was lost for the next hour in his biography, having googled for more. Thank you 💛
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Thank you, Dan! So good to hear this and glad to have you with us!
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