Monthly Archives: July 2013

separated by a few hills

What makes the cornfields happy, under what constellation It’s best to turn the soil, my friend, and train the vine On the elm: the care of cattle, the management of flocks, The knowledge you need for keeping frugal bees: all … Continue reading

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chocks away

Off to the annual dinner at the altiport.  When we arrive, Pascal is sketching in the middle of the runway.  He’s a very quiet, self-contained man and I’ve barely spoken to him before.  Whatever the weather, he always wear a … Continue reading

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in the time of cholera

La Peyguiere was a little hamlet, just under the Col de Tourettes, on the road to Serres.  In 1860 a cholera epidemic swept through the Drome, taking with it all but three of its inhabitants.  Seizing the moment, the French … Continue reading

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le jour de gloire est arrive – pictures from the 100th tour de france

  Lunch in Bourdeaux, on the plateau above the village.  The patron of the bar made a huge paella, which was really secondary to the mounting excitement of the day.  Most of the houses had hung decorated bicycles out of … Continue reading

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