Saturday, December 1, 2012

Email to a friend

I emailed this to a friend this morning and thought it so profound that I felt obligated to shared my thoughts with La Monde.


It is December 1st 2012.  I am doing very well here in France.  The rain has stopped and the sun is out.  It will be 15 degrees today but there is a cool breeze.  It is the winter (hiver) season here in the Var but we do not get snow.  Now that the rain has stopped we may get a wind called the Mistral which is very strong and can blow you right off of your feet if you are not careful.  The beauty of the Mistral is that it only lasts 3 days.  When the Mistral is finished the sky is cloudless and so brilliant "brilliant" blue you can see the snow capped mountains to the north very clearly.

In 10 weeks the Mimosa trees branches will start to flower and the whole region will be bright yellow.  I walk with Dave and Alanea up a big long driveway (3km) to Domaine de Plane, a winery, beside our house and look out over the yellow trees.  There are horses beside the winery that people ride and groom every day.  The sun will get warmer and spring will be on the way soon.

We went out for dinner last night with some friends that Dave met at his French class.  We are going to drive to Italy on December 26 for a few days.  Driving to Italy takes about 1.5 hours but we will drive 4 hours to get to our destination.  Have you ever looked at a map to see where we live?

We went to England a few weeks ago to visit Brad and James, see next post, do you remember Oscar the little Schnauzer dog that lived at our other house in Toronto?

We like it here but sometimes we think it would be nice if we had a visitor.

Let me know if you have any questions about where we are or France in general.


That is Dave with a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau 2012.  A new release of this fresh young wine is eagerly awaited every 3d week of November.  Dave says it is not the finest vintage but it is fun.

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