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Kristin Espinasse
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Thank you all for your thoughtful feedback on Cécile's story. I love her writing and her way with words. She is a natural. It is wonderful to read your comments and to see so many familiar names, readers who, over the years, have become dear friends. Thanks for the warmth, encouragement, and for continuing to read this journal. Your being there means a lot to me. 💕
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Thank you, Eileen. Cécile will be happy to see your note, too.
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Today, my belle-soeur, Cécile, shares about the carénage--that yearly maintenance all wooden boats undergo. (photo of fisherman caulking a boat, the ancient way--with rope. picture from Wikipedia, by Rmoorlag) Book update: For those reading our vineyard memoir (we are finally telling the story. Do not miss it. Sample chapter here.), Chapter 3.5, written by Jean-Marc, will be posted Saturday.... Today's Word: veinard : lucky person (lucky devil, lucky duck) Click here to listen to Jean-Marc say the following words: Lundi si le temps le permet, il y a de fortes chances pour qu´il aille faire un tour--le veinard ! UN COUP DE MAIN by Cécile Espinasse Il y a de cela un mois frère Jean-marc m´a proposé de lui donner un coup de main pour l´entretien annuel du pointu que lui et Kristi sont sur le point d´acheter. L´organisation de ce petit chantier nécessitait quand même de savoir quand une place pourrait se libérer pour le carénage. C´est en effet la saison où les propriétaires de pointus sortent leur bateau pour leur faire une beauté. A month ago my brother Jean-Marc asked for a helping hand for the annual maintenance of the wooden boat he and Kristi are about to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Hi Suzan, I have just sent you the info via email. If you do more the email, please check any spam filters, and then send me another message if you need further assistance.
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My dear friend, Barbara Barrielle, an investor in our first vineyard and a longtime resident of Aix-en-Provence, has found Provence in the U.S. in her hometown of Healdsburg in the heart of Sonoma County. A well-published travel and wine writer, her travel book on Sonoma County titled THE DOWN LOW allows the reader insight into what the locals know and love in this magical and diverse part of Northern California. Today's Word: carénage : boat service, boat maintenance, careening Click here to listen to today's word (and try your luck at writing what you have heard, in the comments box below) A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse To caréner is to turn a boat on its side for cleaning, caulking, and repair--a chore made easier when two or more people are involved (two to do the grueling work, and another dozen to chat with the two workers while sharing bits and pieces of history, and when thirsty, to share apéro with rosé and olives!). These two brave workers in question were my husband and his soeurette. You may know Cécile through her French stories here and/or through her beautiful woodwork seen on Instagram (she makes furniture out... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, Marianne! Here is a recipe for pissaladière,vfound on the Perfectly Provence website: https://perfectlyprovence.co/recipe/provences-version-of-pizza-pissaladiere/
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Thanks, Suzanne. Frederica lives in Sicily... Our boat (similar looking) is named Chrisline (a previous owner combined the names of his children).
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Hi Patty, No worries. I have just sent you the info, to your inbox. Bonne lecture! And many thanks for purchasing our book-in-progress!
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Hi Lauren, here is more about the word hangry: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/hangry-not-because-youre-extremely-hungry#1
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Chère Natalia, I will be emailing you with the login info. But I just wanted to tell you that I was eating dinner with my sister-in-law, Cécile, tonight, and she was saying how she noticed what lovely, kind, supportive, cheering and wonderful readers come here and the encouraging messages they leave me. So I want to send extra big thanks to you and others that are reading this. And to those who do not see this message, I hope you all know how much you are appreciated. I could not write this blog or book without you. Mille mercis.
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Are French bakers in cahoots? Read on in today's story. Also, see our book update at the end of this post. Today's Expression: Se donner le mot : to pass the word around A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse A few days ago, my husband and I were headed to the old port, to take out the little pointu we are trying to buy. The wooden fishing boat is not ours yet, but the owner has kindly allowed us a few sorties, or outings, until Provencal bureaucracy kicks in and we are granted the honor of purchase. As I was saying, we were on our way to the docks... when we decided to stop for a pissaladière--a delicious pizza-like 'slice' topped with sauteed onions, anchovies, and an olive... Pulling up to the first bakery, we noticed the iron curtain was down. 'Oh, it's Tuesday!' I said to Jean-Marc. 'C'est fermé le mardi...' There was a second bakery nearby and, manque de chance, it was closed too! Having left the seafront, we headed in to town. Oh, stop at that one! I said. 'I hear they make everything on site, and that it's delicious!' Jean-Marc parked à la... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thanks, Sarah. True... but I wanted to throw in the word cerf-volant -- extra Vocabulary. 😂
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K.J., No, the vocab section is staying. Some days, I dont get it posted right away (or at all). It is up now, so you can check it out.
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Thanks, Diana. On my way to fix this now.
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Thank you, Lorinda. 💕💕
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For those reading our autobiography, The Lost Gardens, see the update at the end of this post. If you have purchased our book-in-progress and lost your passwords to access the chapters, leave a message in the box at the end of this post. The beauty of an online book-in-progress is all that can be included in it! I've just added the first photo album to our memoir, and will continue to enhance the story with images. To purchase The Lost Gardens, click here and scroll to the end of the page to purchase. Today's Word: le ragoût : stew A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE, by Kristi Espinasse Yesterday I was making a delicious ragoût with the fresh fèves from our garden...when my son invited me to the beach to watch him kite-surf. After a busy week, I wanted nothing more than to eat this delicious Provencal stew and then take a nice long Sunday siesta. But I know that stealing away with my son won't be as easy as the years march on, and so, You're on! I said, and we headed back to the Giens peninsula, near Hyérès. After renting gear, we found the popular kite-surfer beach and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2019 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, Nina. 💞💞
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Classis, I am so sorry about the loss of your friend. Sending good wishes your way, for your French studies, and many thanks for the kind words you have sent us.💕
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Suzanne, your message is reassuring and just the dose of courage needed at this moment. Thanks.
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