Around Here

Dear Blog…..hello.  It’s been a while.

So, we’ve finally moved and the stress and chaos involved is almost (does it really ever end…..) over.

We (me) are in the process of settling in to an early 1700s hotel particulier.  I’m in love with the soaring ceilings and open spaces not to mention the original cobbled stone courtyard at the center of the building.

Being in a smaller village is a welcome change of pace.  One of my favorite things is wandering the narrow streets and seeing history before it has been covered up or remodeled.  Seeing buildings that date back to medieval times amazes me and I love every minute of it.

In addition to everything else that is happening, a showroom space for the shop is in the works.  Those visiting Provence and wanting a taste of the brocantes will be able to get their fix in between weekend events.  The space will be ready by June 1….but May is the real goal.

If you are wanting to stop by to shop be sure to let us know as visits are by request. We are within 15 minutes of St Remy de Provence and 20 minutes of Avignon and Arles.

Be sure to follow along with our daily inspiration on Instagram and I will work on popping in here a bit more frequently!

Simone

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A French Dream Revisited

The most frequent thing I hear is “you are living my life / dream“.

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I laugh and think…..nooooo……   Trust me, it isn’t always a dream.

It is however mine….full of bumps and bruises and mishaps along the way.

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No matter how much you love this new country, you are a fish out of water.

Your intellect and personality suddenly gone because you lack the vocabulary to express it in this new language.

I tell myself that each and every one of these ‘bumps’ provides an opportunity.

So, while everyone is chatting away, I take notice of what is around me.

I use my eyes to absorb with my ears can’t.

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The French love routine and tradition.

Americans tend to eschew them make their own way.

Do I think people, especially new family members, are being unkind when they look at me and question or laugh at what I do?

No.  I try to remember that I am just an anomaly.  It does however, allow me to process the cultural difference and adjust how I do things.

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Is this journey an easy one?  Far from it.

Change isn’t easy, no matter how much you love the surroundings.

You will lose people along the way, some that you love more than word can express, some that encouraged you to come here.

Your change and the growth won’t be comfortable for them.

I choose to believe that I will adapt and allow new experiences in to fill the void, no matter how slowly it seems.

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I love the brocantes…..every single detail about them…..and that is what I focus on when the journey is bumpy or downright turbulent.

I love learning and expanding my appreciation of what is at my finger tips, immersing myself in the history of each piece.

I love that in the space of a few steps I can hold a silk waistcoat from the 1700’s and then a document written in 1634.

I hope that I never lose that sense of amazement, nor allow anyone’s opinion or behaviour to dull it.

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Am I happy?   Yes, but that is a conscious choice each and every day.

My hope for whatever comes next is that I thrive where I have chosen to plant myself…..

even if it means doing it alone.

Beyond all of it?  I am proud that I have survived this journey.

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Start to Summer

Start to Summer

It’s hard to believe that we are almost at the end of May.

Soon the cigales will return to Provence and the lavender will begin to bloom.

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Mistrals will turn warm and olive trees will shimmer in the sunlight.

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Days will be filled with time at the beach and family vacations.

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There is a slower rhythm to France in the summer and I am looking forward to it.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to all those celebrating this weekend.

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Simone

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