Indeed this was a week that I will not complain went too quickly. I am happy it is Friday--happier that it is the weekend--and absolutely most happy about what is ahead just right around the corner. As I said on IG I was simultaneously reaching for the parental instruction book, the marital bliss guide and the banish self-doubt brochure----all in one evening.
Over the last 24 hours I realized that I am over due to pick up my camera and spend some happy-shooting time getting perspective on this beautiful life. It seems especially good to do this when times are tough. The lens can open your eyes to the details and the loveliness--that might be there all of the time but harder to see without the focus of a camera.
So that is as much about the week that I will share--and move on to a relevant 'flashback' for this Friday post.
Have a wonderful weekend! I am in giddy anticipation for a very special visit from a 'chere amie' next Thursday when she arrives at Rabbit Hill and then coming up after that --- a MUCH NEEDED getaway---to PARIS--with that gal and also two other sweet ladies who I cannot wait to spend time with as well. Right after that is my 19th wedding anniversary (at the end of the month)...
April is just turning out to be fabulous.
April is just turning out to be fabulous.
Bon weekend mes amis! I always appreciate your coming by!
In France, there is beauty all around. It's a photographers utopia--whether you are only shooting with a cell phone or with a fully loaded 35mm with interchangeable lenses and gadgets. I recently commandeered my husband's Cannon DSLR and collection of lenses on our last visit to France. After playing with it--there was no going back to my little 'Sure-Shot'. I am still just a beginner, but in time I hope to master at least the ability to shoot some artistic representations of the way the images flash in my mind.
But back to the confessions. So my feeling is that it is easy to portray in images, the outrageously beautiful scenery and much coveted 'life-style' found here in France--(you can literally shoot anything here and make it look charming)...the life here as seen through the camera, or to the visitor for the first, second or even third vacation can appear to be superior to any other place in the world.
Living in France, is not exactly as seen in those pictures.....and it is not always how it reads in books---and trust me, I have read them all. Cultural travel memoirs, books about culture and cuisine especially, and books about European lifestyles are my genre; fiction, non-fiction...I have devoured every book I could get my hands on. Maybe it began with Peter Mayle's, "A Year In Provence", (followed by "Toujours Provence" and "French Lessons"). Years later "Under the Tuscan Sun", "1000 Days in Venice", "Le Divorce" and "Le Marriage", "On the Rue Tatin", "A Vineyard in Tuscany", no to name countless design and decor books and most recently, "Eat, Love, Pray", "Recipes for the Perfect Marriage", and last but not least, Elizabeth Bard's "Lunch in Paris".......to name a FEW. In the stack on my nightstand: "French Spirits", "Paris to the Moon", "Suite Francaise".....and for fun, "Talk to the Snail" by Stephen Clarke.
I read dozens of blogs and many of them written about the joie de vivre of the French lifestyle, the beauty, the cultural landscape, the relaxed-pace of living in France...some have stunning images of country homes, Parisian scenes, and like mine, the markets, the food....the 'life' that appears so idyllic.
And I recently have been speaking with the natives and quite a few Frenchies that have also spent time living in the US--and they all shared the common opinion that the French lifestyle as perceived by 'outsiders' is often a bit skewed by the cliche lunettes de couleurs roses. Living here, working here, fully entrenched in the daily grind of being French---is a much different reality.
So there it is my friends....another side of the proverbial coin. This weekend, after 2 long grueling weeks of being 'fully entrenched' I plan on returning to the mission of seeking what it is that is seen in those gorgeous and beautifully written books and blogs- I am heading out with my camera, spending hours in my tiny kitchen, and taking a stroll with my darling French husband, so that at least for a short time I can enjoy ma vie en France!