Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Little Circus Story

I simply fell in love with this pop up book turn video. I played it over & over again. I was charmed from the first moment, by the story of a young girl, who wants to join the circus.

Circus Zingaro was created by the German artist, Tina Kraus, as her design & illustration final, while still a student. It is a work that she says is still in progress.

A big thank you to Kickcan & Conkers for this gem. I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I have!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

House as Art

After the tragedy of 911, Brooklyn artist, Susan Gardener, began to decorate her house with shells, beads, buttons, jewelry, tiles, mirrors, broken cups/dishes and much more.

She started with a simple flower as a way to lift her spirits & those of her neighbors. Since 2001 the mosaic has grown as her house has become a work of art.

I discovered her story on the blog Mille Fiori Favoriti & was instantly intrigued. Ms. Gardener, a teacher as well as an artist, works on her mosaic every summer with the hope of some day covering the entire house.

Her neighborhood has enthusiastically embraced the project, & often bring gifts of broken objects to be added. It is easy to see how this work of art gives joy & inspiration to everyone that passes by.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


OK, I have been back in the states for two weeks now. It seems that it takes more effort to change from the peace & tranquility of country life to the hustle & bustle of city life, than the other way around. In other words, it is easier going from chaos to calm than from calm to chaos. I am having a bit of a hard time adjusting. Not sure how to organize my thoughts or which direction to take. I find myself acting out all the rituals of procrastination. One thing I have been doing & enjoying, is catching up on other peoples blogs. While lolling away the hours in cyber space, I found the above video, which seems to say it all. I discovered it on the blog A Little House In The Clouds. I actually met, Molly, & her lovely mother, Kay, this summer in a cafe in St. Antonin & we exchanged blog addresses. You can read about Molly & Kay's adventures in my little corner of France starting here. Their experiences were very different from my own. They traveled with a group of like minded women, stayed in a chateau & ate meals catered by a gourmet chef. Very luxurious, even I felt a little jealous & I was just a stones throw away. Molly's sister arranges these trips, you can check out her website to learn more.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Back in Boston

I am back in Boston. I am still a little tired & jet lagged. Already my summer in France seems like a distant & beautiful dream. It is always sad for me, when it is time to leave....

But here are some very good reasons that I am happy to be back.....

Happy weekend everybody & thanks for following along & leaving all of your wonderful comments this summer. They were greatly appreciated.

Location:Boston, Ma.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Last Market

Today is my last Sunday in France, my last market. The sun is rising later & there is a chill in the morning air. The shadows are falling longer as summer turns into fall. And sadly it is time for me to go.

I am taking in all the colors & shapes, the sounds & smells. I do not have much need for provisions now, as I leave early Tuesday morning.

I am looking for gifts to take back to grandchildren, family & friends.

Homemade jams & fruit syrups ? Too hard to carry back......

I will try to take in the simple beauty of the fall produce in order to keep the memory alive all winter long.

Back to reality ....or is it?