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Tuesday, July 01, 2014


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Au contrary les histories de flasques makes me run out and exercise.
Great day to all!


Oops, typo ... Tablet didn't like "contrare" ... Desolee

Alison at The Gracious Posse

Another great picture of Jules. Her impromptu tablescaping proves that she is as talented as you.

David Sheegog

That "bee flower"is Vetch, a close kin to Afalfa. It fixes Nitrogin into the soil, and bees really to love it. In fact, Vetch honey is the best honey in the world. The other good thing about the plant it is encourages microrizel(sp?) organisms which are also good for the soil.

I don't know how many varieties of Vetch are in France, but I know of two for sure - the one you have in your yard, which I have in mine, and another variety I've seen in fields on the road over the Montaigne Noir to Mazamet.


I know the "bee flower" as phacelia . . .

Sarah LaBelle near Chicago

Ah you meant the photo was altered automatically, making the berries look a stronger orange than they realy are. I am slow this morning! Automatic edit meant words to me, until my brain engaged.

Wow, just saying the word for flabby or thin or fat gets a reader upset !! Well, my body has gone flabby on me, so it is a reality I face, and thus need a word for it.

Almonds in their shell do look great on the table. I never saw that before your photos. I see them shelled, ready to eat.

Monarda is a bee attracting flower, but I am not sure if those in your photo are monarda didyma or something else.


The "bee flower" I am familiar with is Bee Balm -- as Sarah says, it's Monarda. But the leaves are very different from the leaves of the plants in your photo.

By the way, counter-intuitively, it's "pizzeria" not "pizzaria"; and I think you mean your picture is a smidge lighter. It's the abbreviated form of smidgeon.

The reader who objects every time you explain a word relating to weight would do better to be concerned at the fact that 34.9% of U.S. adults are obese (most recent figures from Centers for Disease Control).

Kathleen from Connecticut

Your mom looks so beautiful. When you look at her, you can see how beautiful you will continue to look as you get older. Love her table arrangement.
...and of course Braise is a beauty against the flowers.
A family of beautiful females.
You are blessed...least we forget the handsome men in your life....and beauty is not JUST skin deep but dedicates out from within .... The spirit and soul.

catharine ewart-touzot

you are indeed fortunate to have so many lovely pictures of your mother..glad she arrived safely.


Vous avez une mere amiable et l'adore. Je vois votre visage dans le sien. Quelle chance :)


Our dear Kristin,
Another wonderful post today!
How privileged we are to spend such happy Summer adventures with you!
No better way to start the week!
Thank you!
Natalia XO

Cynthia Lewis

I enjoyed the format today and always learn so much. Of course Jules stole the show! It's no wonder she has happy and unique adventures for she has an open, generous heart to match her beauty. And you are the same, Kristin. Thanks so much for today's FWAD.

Diane Young

Jules is one of those people whom you miss as soon as she leaves. Thanks for sharing her visit, pictures and interesting fruit. It is tres humide ici, quoique seulement in the 80's (Fahrenheit)/ Il y a un orage dans l'Atlantique and that makes me a little nervous although the weathermen say it will likely go up the coast around the Carolinas and as yet isn't large. Dinosaur the word contains "saur" which is used for various reptile types in addition to the many big creatures of long ago.Greek;deinos (terrible) and saurus (lizard).

Chris Allin

Wish I could meet your mom, Kristin. She reminds me of the free spirits toward whom
I gravitate,the kind of friends who just make everyone happy to be around.

A beautiful photo of Braise. I think FM might have pointed out the flower...phacelia tanacetifolia or more commonly purple tansy?


Bonjour Kristin
I put a several drops of sea buckthorn oil in my facecreams. Supposed to be good for the skin and has anti-oxidants. I get it at WholeFoods in Vancouver, B.C. (where I live). I love your writings and I hope to meet you one day when I am walking around a market or village in your area. I haven't been to France in 5 years, but just retired from teaching and would love to spend a few months in Provence improving my French. I am always looking at the "housesitting" websites in hope of finding a little gem that speaks just to me!! Maybe one day !!! All Your writings are so fun and informative - I always look forward to your next adventure. Merci et A Bientot ! Patricia in Vancouver

Judy Feldman from Flagstaff, AZ

We also stayed at the Maison des Pelerins in Sablet - a few years ago. I agree, it's a wonderful house to rent! And so nice of the owners to sponsor Kriistin's blog.

Philip Hicks

As a luddite, I don't have an MP3 player or am I able to download the pronunciations as you suggest. Please put in the OLD fashioned guide you used before. eg. (seen crew say') This might not be correct since I can't even get back to your column to check it.
Thanks, love your bits and pieces.


Wonderful post and comments; yet again!
Thank you Kristin and readers. You help this brain from getting flasque! And I am to-ta-le-ment incrustée in this blog... (evil smirk!).
Here are my "typos du jour":
Coupe du monde
Yours in universal love of words, languages and herbs!
Jacqueline in sunny and very cold Brisbane. Propoer winter last!


And another thing:
I would be most interested to find out the final identification of the the blue flower.


L'argousier is fabulous! It has become one of my favourite ingredients in skin lotion.

Kristin, we went strawberry picking yesterday at a local organic farm and I was delighted to see that those blue flowers also grow abundantly there. It could very well be that they are there for soil amendment, but I also know that this particular farm also has a few bee hives, so it's great to know that the flowers are also a favourite of the bees.

Kristin Espinasse

Thank you, Jacq--and all who have written in. I appreciate your responses, your corrections, and your encouragements much. Wishing you a lovely, lovely Wednesday. Hope this comment makes it through, as my others end up lost or in spam....

David Sheegog

Wrong, Chris Allin,

Here it is:

if you can't see the difference between phacelia and vicia you are some kind of blind.

Kristin Espinasse

And the winning flower is... Phacelia! According to the package of flower seeds: phacelie

Kristin Espinasse

And the winning flower is... Phacelia! According to the package of flower seeds: phacelie

David Sheegog

Your pic is vetch, you may have planted phacelia somewhere on your property, but your pic was not phacelia. Look again at Chis' wiki image - the flower is different and the leaves are different. My vetch came up in my yard without my planting it, and I have to assume yours did the same.

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