Thursday, May 8, 2014

Around Here: Springtime

It's been awfully chilly and cloudy so far this week. Last week was pretty nice, though. We took advantage of some warmer, sunnier weather to plant more geraniums, put out some mulch in the back garden, plant some kresse, and--oh, I don't really recall what all we did. Last week is running together with the week before, when the weather was even nicer. We were outside a lot--planning, planting, and weeding. Despite the current chill (these crazy weather ups-and-downs are par for the course here in May), our garden and other parts of the village are telling us it's Spring. 










Thanks to Husband for the lovely photos (except the one with the colander--I took that while pulling up a bunch of stinging nettles from the back garden and clipping a bunch of the leaves to use later that day in a recipe).

In family news, happy healing to the Boy, who fractured his femur above the knee in soccer back in March (thankfully less major than it sounds, but the healing process takes months). And a big high-five to the Girl, who finished her freshman year of college yesterday!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Annecy, Waterlogued

I had fun playing around with some of the photos from our French Alps trip. Waterlogue is such a cool app!







Monday, April 28, 2014

An Annecy Miscellany

Here are some more photos we took during our four days in lovely Annecy, France:














Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Aesthetes: Eccentric in Tangier

I've been wanting to visit Morocco for quite a while. Marrakesh has been on my list, but now I know I also really, really want to go to Tangier. 



These people and their houses are nothing short of eccentrically fabulous! If you like the video as much as I do, be sure to read the article it accompanied

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Annecy, in the French Alps

This was a Spring Break first for us: we made a last-minute travel decision based almost entirely on the weather. Husband said he was not about to spend the last four days of the break (following mid-week removal of The Boy's braces!) anywhere chilly or rainy. And that was that! So we waited until the day before we planned to leave to make a decision on a country and a city. Based on something from my Pinterest Travel Love board, combined with a very promising weather forecast, we chose the town of Annecy, France, about six hours southwest of here.


Since it wasn't High Season there quite yet, we were able through airbnb to book a quirky, fully-stocked apartment in the heart of the Old Town for four nights. We stood on the living room balcony to take this photo.


Above is a view from the window that opens out onto the balcony. We overlooked the most photographed building in Annecy, the Old Prison.


We cooked and ate most of our meals in the apartment, at this long, old farm table.


There was so much good food to be had. The cheeses were, unsurprisingly, a major highlight. The Boy became a big fan of the regional Reblochon and Tomme de Savoie. We shopped for food in the Monoprix just around the corner and also at the outdoor market, which we got to visit twice during our visit.


The lake? Really calm and beautiful--it's one of the purest in Europe. You can go on boat tours or rent a paddle boat to take out yourself. Swimming is allowed in certain areas during warmer months. 


Annecy is known for its canals. It's often called "Little Venice of the Alps."


Those are my three dudes, right there. The one in the middle got hissed at by a swan. It could easily have happened to the one on the right, who as a youngster was bitten by an ostrich, kicked by a pony, terrorized by praying mantises, and nibbled on by rabbits and goats. I'd say it's unlikely he'll work in a zoo or become a rancher or beekeeper. 


But back to Lac d'Annecy. See how clear the water is? The air is crisp here, and everything feels clean. 


Annecy is just a truly lovely place, and I recommend it to anyone planning a visit to the French Alps. I'll be back with more photos.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Modern Pioneering with Georgia Pellegrini



Hello! I'm just about over jet lag following a two-week solo trip to the States to visit my parents. My daughter, who is a college freshman, was able to spend her spring break with us, and we had a delightful time together doing not much of anything. Though I meant to take some pictures and do a blog post about my hometown, I couldn't be bothered. So there--that will have to wait!

Just before I left for Louisiana, I got in a Spring-y mood and ordered the book Modern Pioneering, by Georgia Pellegrini. It was waiting for me upon my arrival back in Germany, and I'm really enjoying flipping through it. Pellegrini, who learned to hunt and wrote about it in Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We EaOne Hunt at a Time, has turned now to a diverse array of projects, recipes, and introductions to skills that just about anyone (living anywhere) can learn, if they want to live a bit more self-sufficiently.

Pellegrini encourages readers to make small but thoughtful attempts to garden, cook from scratch, forage, put together a pantry, use resources wisely, and maybe pick up a few new skills. Much of the content is food-related, which makes sense as Pellegrini is a professionally-trained chef. To be clear, this isn't a book about homesteading, and there's no info about raising animals. Crafts are not a focus, either. This is more of an introduction or overview--something to whet one's appetite for learning and making, especially with regard to food. It's packed with great photos and easy instructions, and I really do think I'll use it often. I'm happy to add it to my burgeoning collection of books on cooking, gardening, and self-sufficiency. Hopefully you'll enjoy it, too!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Metz Miscellany

My most recent Metz photos weren't all of doors, though it's true that at least half of them were.



We found Le Vélo Rose at 28 Rue Taison, behind the Cathedral. It's a mix of new and vintage items, and I found the prices quite reasonable. Check out the shop's actual "vélo rose"--complete with a set of boules attached to the handlebars!


On the same street, I spied another cute shop with this wonderful jewelry in the window. I'd love to have one of those necklaces made from vintage watches.


On the corner, we found the tiny but very busy pâtisserie-boulangerie Aux Merveilleux de Fred, where Husband fell in love with a couple of warm-from-the-oven pastries with caramelized sugar--so much so that he went back for more! Friend Jodi and I (see our reflection?) took a couple of photos before moving on. Yes, I had one of those pastries, and it was fabulous!


I liked this place's mailbox, as well as their door handles.


And I thought these mini-trucks were pretty adorable.


We flâneurs got hungry (and thirsty) after wandering for a couple of hours. We stopped in this cute café/bar for drinks and tartines.


Now we're seated and looking at the menu boards.


This is Loroyse, a beer from the Lorraine region, where Metz is located.


We enjoyed the food and friendly service at Autour du Zinc. We'll likely return!
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