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Laury Bourgeois
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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On my last day on Columbus Street as I'd emptied out everything except the piano, one of my neighbors said he knew someone who would want it. He mentioned Doreen Ketchens. He plays drums for her. I told him I... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Soar-Dream-France
I have often asked the question above out-loud over the years. Just feel free to fill in the blank with your own "wonderful!" The interesting thing about this is that my "wonderful" often happens. Big things or small things, it... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Soar-Dream-France
It was Downtown Super Sunday in New Orleans. Even though I usually catch the Downtown Mardi Gras Indians at Bayou St. John before they really get rolling; I knew that they would be passing by my corner of Broad and... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
Many have suggested that I set up a camera and take a shot of the same spot at the same time every day for a year. This is way more than I'm interested in doing and/or committing to doing. Talk... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
Today, I'm basically home two full weeks. I'm loving that I got back in time to rescue my roses from the jungle on the terrace and catch beginning buds everywhere. Now, we have actual blooms in the front and one... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
Orchids are not a flower that I often ponder. Interestingly, my friend Gary gave me an orchid when he came for a visit early on in my time on Columbus Street. His only instructions were: "Give it to someone you... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
Although I've made many returns from the states to here, this one is different. I am different. I feel as if everything is new, exciting and a challenge that can be met. It may be something I learned in my... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
There were so many things I had to get done during the stateside time I had on this trip. The house was not the only thing. As I tried to organize and be sure I could get everything done I... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
This will always be a favorite shot of me and my Mom. Here we are out together playing in the rocks at Nannie and Papa's place out in House Springs. I loved that place. There's not a doubt in my... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
As soon as I arrived on Columbus Street on the night of March 15, I hit the ground running. On top of the house, I had many other chores, tasks, errands, and other what-evers to complete. It was overwhelming, to... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
Throughout my time in the states, Eric was diligently working on beading this masterpiece by Modigliani. He has beaded a number of others, but this might be my favorite. Maybe, because I got to watch her come to life before... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
Look at all of those ornaments! These were all part of my "cherished" stash that I had planned to have shipped to me in France. Once I found out about specific packing lists by item and amount that were required;... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
It just goes to show you, the one treasure that I spent a lot of time wrapping and packing is the one that had a major casualty! We lost "Garlic" from the china spice rack! Am thinking I might be... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
Sitting at my table again this morning from Cadrieu, I am reflecting. Reflecting is a luxury that was not afforded me during the last six weeks of run, do, blinders, react and respond in the moment. How wonderful to be... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
YIKES! Just wrote a long note here that totally poofed away. I guess I'm too tired and distracted to be doing this now...I will try again another time! Lots of Love to you and Bodil-Laury and Lola
Toggle Commented May 2, 2022 on Where to Begin? at Soar-Dream-France
Home and happy and looking back through my photos, it was difficult to know where to start. So much got done in such a short period of time. Even so, this one photo captured the essence of everything about this... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
Riding with a friend from the village to hear classical music at one of the village Chateaux, they turned to me and said "It's Goldilocks Weather!" I was puzzled, but then they went on to say..."not too hot, not too... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
Not quite to count down to stateside return, but realizing just how much needs to get done-I began readying the guest room this morning. Since there will be a couple of nights of overlap with Pam and I, I am... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
As I write here on Wednesday afternoon, we have had three mornings of beautiful sunshine and no rain. However, it is raining now. I knew the predictions and tried my best to get done the things I knew were important... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
This week held more events, activities, people and meetings, than I've had since my return. As it turned out, I: felt accomplished with important tasks of stateside return; enjoyed two different 20th anniversary celebrations with friends; moved some money; and,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
Imagine coming down a very steep, single lane road from the Cadrieu Mairie, as this sight comes into view. That first time certainly took my breath away! We pulled into the drive of the Chatette in Stu's rattling white work... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
Thinking about what I wanted to do to celebrate our 20 years of WE, I had time to order some special treats from Thiriet that would be delivered today in time for anything I might want to do. I thought... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
I recently mentioned that coming up on February 22, 2022; the Chatette and I will be a WE for 20 years! It feels like a big deal to me! I wanted to do something to mark the day, or at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
With 5000 miles and an ocean between us, my sister and I have turned finding small sweet things to mail to each other into an almost science. I've written before about the package of The du Louvre that she mailed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
Thanks, Niels-it does feel huge to me when I think about it all. A lot is coming home to me these days in terms of the changes in my life and the world in general. Hope you and Bodil are doing well-Love you both bunches, Laury and Lola
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2022 on Big Day Ahead at Soar-Dream-France