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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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I've known ever since I bought the Chatette more than 20 years ago now, that I would have to do something about what I came to call the "addition." The addition had been separating from the Chatette even before I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2023 at Soar-Dream-France
This morning, I had the laptop on because I was going to be facetiming with my brother Jim who lives in California. We always schedule. You see, there is a 9 hour time difference. His 9pm call in California on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2023 at Soar-Dream-France
When all my goodies arrived last week, I asked everyone to guess what was the first song I played? I'd given it all a lot of thought. Afterall it has been almost six years with no music here besides me... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2023 at Soar-Dream-France
There are so many things that stir the memories. I knew Niels and Bodil were planning to come in September, but we hadn't finalized it all. They had both been during the late summer of 2012. Here we were talking... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2023 at Soar-Dream-France
When I first came back to the Chatette and Cadrieu during March of 2018 after Christmas of 2017; I was still living in the apartment in Cajarc while the repairs were being made after the November fire. I would ride... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2023 at Soar-Dream-France
These last weeks, the media has paid a lot of attention to loneliness. I have a visceral reaction to these discussions. You see, my Mom would (sometimes dramatically) say to me: "You are all alone!" Yes, I was divorced. Yes,... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2023 at Soar-Dream-France
Every time I see this card I think of our Nannie. Mom lived with Nannie and Papa after her Mom died when she was a teenager. Her Mom and Nannie were sisters. To Mom, they were always "Auntie and Unk!"... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2023 at Soar-Dream-France
What do you do when you know you're not yourself, but you aren't really sure what you are? I've known that I've been wandering through my life for the years since the fire. I accepted it. I rolled with the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2023 at Soar-Dream-France
Early days of here sometimes feel like another lifetime ago for me. I'm so grateful I write in many forms, and that either I, or others, hang on to much of what I've written over the years. Interestingly, we have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2023 at Soar-Dream-France
As the new Voie Verte is becoming a reality; I'm realizing that I am grieving the train all over again. It hadn't really hit me until I heard that the tracks will defintely be raised to lay the new path.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2023 at Soar-Dream-France
I really seem to be feeling my way with my life here these days. I am more focused on: me; our life here; France; French; and, being as in the moment as possible, while still honoring the memories and looking... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2023 at Soar-Dream-France
We've all heard the overused expression: "When one door closes another door opens!" I know, I've used it regularly myself. With so much change and loss in my life these days, I'd always felt comfort when I heard it. Then recently, I heard someone comment that doors are made to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2023 at SOAR to Success in SOCIAL WORK
Back when Dali, Sammie Cat and I came here to clear our heads after Hurricane Katrina so I could make some difficult decisions; I read Thomas Wolfe's "Look Homeward Angel" for the very first time. The meaning of "home" had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2023 at Soar-Dream-France
Hi Ron-sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, but hadn't turned the laptop on until today. Thanks so much for your feedback and kind words. Glad you enjoyed the photos! Have a wonderful weekend-Laury
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2023 on Begin Again at Soar-Dream-France
This is a post to say that I am trying to feel my way with how I want the blog to fit into what truly does feel like a new and different life for me. All of this change has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2023 at Soar-Dream-France
We are no strangers to Advent Calendars in my family. Last year, I went a little crazy with them for family and some special friends. Here in France, I treated myself and my neighbors to a Foie Gras Advent Calendar... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
I love taking photos of chairs. There is a lot that I love. These days, I'm finding myself struggling to settle into a wonderful new life or the "new book" that no longer has the structures, constraints, and musts of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
I have been having a horrible time getting my photos into my blog posts lately, so this is a test. These shots from the inside of the tunnel are just so pretty. I don't really need any additional barriers to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
Throughout my professional life, I've done more exercises in "perspective" than the law allows. The old tried and true in a workshop is to have a participant stand on a chair that then gives them a "different view." Living in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
I've been working outside a lot ever since Ava and Nick headed back to the states. It has felt good to get us looking even more beautiful, and the weather has been perfect. I try to get out early and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
Friday's voyage to and tour of the Clos Triguedina winery, was an adventure in directions and lessons in more than wine. It was a beautiful day, after a day of rain. We did well until we diverted from the route... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
One of my resolutions of being here MORE physically and emotionally, is to work harder on my French in my own time. I am pleased to say that I have taken concrete steps to encourage that continued learning. I treated... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
Our last stop on our two-day wander around the valley, was St. Cirq Lapopie. After we finished our lunch at Lou Bolat, Ava, Nick and I, wandered down the steep passages of St. Cirq Lapopie to head over to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
After so many days of working outside last week, I needed to move inside and begin to focus on getting ready for Ava and Nick arriving on Wednesday "apres-midi!" Yesterday was some pondering and planning and prioritizing. Even so, I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France
Once Gabriel had unearthed, de-ivied, and de-brambled us in the lower terrace; I knew I was going to have to gather myself together to open the door to the vernissage cave and look at it again. It's still difficult for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2022 at Soar-Dream-France