Back In Provence

 Yes, here we are, back in Provence. My time in the States all seems like a dream now. The first week back I had very vivid dreams of my grandchildren, especially Micah, probably because I spent the most time with him, even in the wee hours of the morning when he wanted a bottle. Once I put him in bed with me and he wiggled all over the place, talked in his sleep, put his head up to see who was there with him and he even managed to pee on the bed that I had just changed so I got to wash the comforter and sheets again.

 We decided to come and check on the house here, put away all of the watering hoses before the cold weather comes and I was hoping to get some fall planting done. I have discovered that you don’t plant iris bulbs in the autumn but in August and I couldn’t find any for sale anywhere. Apparantly, iris is a specialized thing in the nursery world here and isn’t sold by any random nursery. Maybe next year. I also wanted to plant some more lavender but we were told it was too early for that. We may be back in January for a week or so and maybe I can get it done then. I managed to buy one rose bush. I hope it will survive while we are gone as we can’t leave on a watering system. Just one of the problems of not living in a home year round.

 On another note, I find that France has totally spoiled me when it comes to food. I found that I no longer like American wine or cheese. And everything tasted either too sweet or too salty to me. I was really surprised to see how much processed food is sold, and eaten, in the States. It’s all that my grandchildren wanted to eat. I find that I eat much more natural food here in France and that I cook most things from scratch. I do use canned vegetables occasionally and I keep a frozen pizza or two in the freezer and I use already prepared pie dough. Maybe all of this has to do with the amount of obesity in the States. It’s catching on here.

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A few photos of cheese and one of bread. You just can’t beat the bread in France.

6 thoughts on “Back In Provence

  1. I hope the national consciousness here will work to change the dependence on convenience/prepackaged/processed food. According to the food oriented blogs I read, there is a groundswell for better, locally poduced food out there.

  2. I try very hard to stay away from processed foods as well. But must admit every now and then we go for junk food…….

    Those images are wonderful. I’ll take a loaf of bread and some good cheese for breakfast, thank you. Yum.

    Oh my gosh, I thought you lived in this house year round. I’m disappointed ! I love it so.
    Well maybe I shouldn’t say that as I’ve not seen your other place yet, right?

    Glad your travels have been safe.

  3. Glad you are back, Linda. And to hear bits about the USA. Haven’t been back in six years and I sometimes wonder if I’d find it entirely changed. The food here is something remarkable. I wonder why the US can’t accomplish the same though. You’d think with all those resources. On the other hand, life in France is more basic perhaps and the priorities are more clear. I haven’t been to the Mall in absolutely forever, although we seemed to survive only through constant major shopping trips back in Arizona. That shopaholic convenience lifestyle is gone, as though it never existed. And you have to wonder why it was so important. I certainly don’t miss it.

  4. Agree that the food here is awful (U.S.) unless you spend a lot that is. The only American wine that is usually better than anywhere else is Zinfandel — for the next time you’re here. 🙂

  5. Oh, my mouth is watering just looking at those pictures. I agree that the food we eat here is pretty sad, but hubs and I try to shop at natural food stores. I think we would be VERY happy eating in France.

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