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Provence and Sunshine… Our Ongoing Journey Through France

Finally, finally two weeks into our trip to France, we arrived in Provence, and encountered sunshine and warmer temperatures. It was even hot one day. Ahhhh. That felt good. The best thing about staying in self-catered accommodation is the freedom …

travel

Up, Up, Up… On the Trail of the Tour De France

Remember the opening line of the “Friendly Giant,” that lovely children’s television show from the sixties? “Look up…. look wa-ay up?” Well, it kind of sums up the next couple of days of our trip. That’s because we were on …

travel

Enroute to Provence. Looking for Sun and Stress-Free Living.

Yep, we’re in Provence….finally. After several emotional days in the World War I battlefields of the north we were ready for sun and stress-free living. Ha! Let’s see, where shall I start? Rain, wind, GPS troubles, narrow one way streets with …

travel

Paying Our Respects … in Northern France

Our trip in France continues apace. Pace being the operative word. I think we bit off more than we could comfortably chew, in terms of how much ground we had hoped to cover in a month. Reminds me of when …

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Adventures and Misadventures in Paris

We’ve been in France for a week now …well, almost. We landed one week ago tomorrow morning. And our flight over was a sleepless, and uncomfortable night. I used to be able to sleep on a plane, not anymore. Somewhere …

fashion

And Aw-ay We Go… Count Down to Paris

In two days we leave on our long awaited trip to France. Two years late…but hey…who’s counting. We’re going, at last. Today I finalized my trip wardrobe. Tried on a few more things, added a pair of walking shorts, took out …

books

How to Get Rich When You Aren’t Even Trying… But Are…Like… Sitting Reading a Book

Oh, I do apologize for the “click-bait” title. Oh course, I did not mean getting rich in the usual sense of the word. Not big piles of money rich, or huge killing on the stock market kind of rich. Not even enormous …

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Black and White … All Over Paris

I’m a very black and white person. Things are either wonderful, amazing, spectacular…. or they suck. I’m either rapturous or (as Anne of Green Gables, my childhood hero, used to say) in the “depths of despair.” I either love something, …

life

Can Eating Right Be Wrong? My “Clean-Eating” Journey.

I heard an interesting segment on CBC radio one morning a few months ago. Anna Maria Tremanti, the host of “The Current,” was interviewing Dr. Steven Bratman, along with psychology professor Thom Dunn and registered dieticians Casey Berglund and Mélanie …

fashion

Not Ready For Paris… Why I’m Stressed About What to Wear

We leave for our long awaited, many times postponed trip to France in three weeks. France. For a month. In the spring. Sublime. We’ll probably miss the cherry trees in bloom. But it will still be France. Arras, Avignon, Provence, the …

books

In Praise of Gentle Reading

Yesterday I had a lovely Pym-ish morning. Hubby was out power walking in the cold wind. But I was lolling on the sofa in our sun room, cup of tea at my elbow, gazing out the window at the sun …

fashion

Fancy Pants.. Or Not… And Spring

How I love this Chanel look for spring! All drapey, and gorgeous, and casual at the same time. Very dressed-up bohemian, and totally seventies. And those are some fancy pants, aren’t they? A bit too fancy for me. And maybe just …

books

Haunting Books

A few years ago I was privileged to head up the English department in a brand spanking new school that was just opening. What an exciting, exhilarating, and exhausting time that was. The English teachers (including moi) worked really hard as a team to build …

life

Rolling That Rock: Still Shopping for Jeans

Yep. There he is. Old Sisyphus, still rolling that rock. And me, I’m still shopping for jeans. reasonandmeaning.com I wrote a post last month about that Sisyphean journey… shopping for the perfect jeans. Seemingly endless, frustrating, often futile… shopping for jeans is definitely worthy of the …

fashion

Streamside Chic… or… How My Other Half Lives

I came across this picture of Karlie Kloss in a Saint Laurent dress and hip waders in the December issue of Vogue. Is this streamside chic … or what? I’m sure this outfit is what my colleagues imagined I’d be wearing …