Oct. 2, Wednesday: Gardening, Lunch, Work & Rest.

Today, Wednesday, October 2, was our first day to begin work at 8 a.m. Although it was still dark when we got up at 6:30, it felt good to head off to work when the sun was shining at almost 8. Today’s task for Cathy, S, and I was to dig up bulbs, weed and

03 Oct 2013

Oct. 1, Tuesday: La Garde Freinet & Grimaud

I can’t believe it is already October. Just like at home in North Adams, here in Bormes-les-Mimosas the dark comes earlier in the evening and the light in the morning comes later. Tomorrow we will begin work in the garden at 8:00 instead of 7:30, and end at noon. Today, instead of gardening, my job

01 Oct 2013

Sept. 29 & 30: Sunday & Monday: Resting and Renewing.

Well, Saturday was so full that it has taken me two days to rest up from it. If you have read the post just before this one, you already know that on Sunday I spent from 9:30 to 2:30 writing the post for Saturday’s 3 village extravaganza. Something quirky started to happen about halfway through

30 Sep 2013

Sept. 28: Saturday: St. Tropez, Ramatuelle, and Gassin.

I want to begin the blog post with yet another huge thank you to our most marvelous new friends, Tobias and Sabine! Without their generous spirit and their nifty convertible, Cathy and I would not have gotten to see and do all that we have seen and done during our stay here in Bormes. Tobias

29 Sep 2013

Sept. 27: Friday: Another trek on the Sentier Littorale.

So…are you bored yet with all the photos of the Mediterranean coastline? I hope not, because that is what I have more of for you today. Of course we began the day with our gardening work from 7:30 till…it was noon today. Then back to the apartment for lunch, and we met S & T

27 Sep 2013

Sept. 26, Thursday: Domaine du Rayol

Today began as all our weekdays begin right now, gardening from 7:30 to 11:30. The work is very physically challenging for me and it tires me out, but there is something satisfying about working outdoors with all the plants and flowers, so no complaints. After showers and lunch, we got into the convertible with S

26 Sep 2013

Sept. 24, Tuesday and Sept. 25, Wednesday: Rather Quiet.

Yes, Tuesday and Wednesday were comparatively quiet. And we needed some quiet. But neither day was totally uneventful. On Tuesday, Sept. 24, we worked in the garden from 7:30 to 11:30, then went back to the apartment and had lunch. After that, Cathy went out wandering and doing errands (she found glue sticks for me

25 Sep 2013

Sept. 23: Monday: Sentier Littorale, La Faviere.

By now you know the drill – Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., we work in the garden. Sometimes it is closer to noon before we actually leave, depending on what we’re doing. Then it’s usually back to the apartment for lunch, unless we go to the outdoor market on the way, as we

24 Sep 2013

Sept. 22, Sunday: A Day of Rest & Relaxation.

This will be a short post because we really did take it easy today. I wrote about our slow Sunday morning in my last post, so I will continue from there. I finished yesterday’s post this morning (Sunday) at around 10 and Cathy and I headed out to wander and make some art.   The

22 Sep 2013

Sept. 20, Friday and Sept. 21, Saturday: Hyeres & St. Tropez

I’m working on my St. Tropez tan. But you will have to wait to hear about that, since that is Saturday’s story. I’ll begin with Friday, Sept. 20. As always, we worked in the garden, then went home to eat lunch (arugula with cherry tomatoes from the garden, tuna, and olive oil, cheese & bread

22 Sep 2013
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