bonne rentree (et bon courage!)
Tarpin! How to say "super duper" in French?

Meetup at our place + How to say "fair trade" in French?

Fair trade panama hats

     A shop in the village of Le Castellet, near Bandol.

MEET-UP! Come to our home for a wine-tasting on September 13th or Sept 28th! To reserve your seat, email  jm.espinasse@gmail.com

le commerce équitable (koh-mairce-ay-kee tahbl)

    : fair trade

Example Sentence
Le commerce équitable est un commerce conçu pour assurer une juste rémunération à des producteurs des pays pauvres afin qu’ils puissent développer leur activité à long terme et améliorer leur niveau de vie. -LaToupie.org (Fair trade is a business designed to assure fair payment to producers in poor countries so that they might develop their activity for the long term and improve their standard of living.)

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Style & comfort in the beauty of the Provencal countryside. 4 bedrooms & a study with a sofa bed, each with ensuite (full) bath. Villa comfortably sleeps 7-9 adults.


A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE... by Kristin Espinasse

Anniversaries, deaths, and périménopause. Whew! I think another bullet post is in order... 

  • Happy 20th anniversary Dad & Marsha! Gros gros bisous.
  • Can we talk? Adieu Joan Rivers.
  • From Chief Grape to assistant caveau. Jean-Marc's gone back-to-school at Chateau Pibarnon!
  • Monday = mother-in-law's shoulder surgery. Priez pour elle.
  • Bleu? But my daughter asked for blonde!
  • I love bells! jingle bells. Cow bells. sleigh bells. Everything but Hell's bells.
  • Périménopause, vraiment?
  • Took only two years to realize the local post office has a drive-thru.
  • drive-thru = service au volant. ("service on the fly")
  • When you return an empty pitcher to the frigo, you are giving your mom (or wife) a glass of air with which to quench her thirst on a sizzling hot day.
  • Pickle juice is no substitute for vinegar when washing windows.
  • Just because you signed up for my double opt-in email newsletter does not mean you can automatically add me to your mass mailing!
  • Did the previous bullet sound arrogant or self-important?
  • Walk a mile in another's souliers
  • Non spelled backwards is noN.
  • Always end on a positive note.
  • The cicadas are gone. Hello cricket song! 

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New rental in Provence. In the charming village of Sablet--this spacious home is the perfect place to return to after sightseeing, bicycling or hiking. Click here for photos.  

gros bisous = big big kisses
adieu = "until God" (goodbye)
assistant caveau = wine cellar helper
priez (prier) = pray
pour elle = for her
le frigo = fridge
vraiment? = really?
souliers (m) = shoes

Zinnia and smokey

Planted dozens of zinnia seeds. Only one took -- giving back a half-dozen flowers on a single plant! Sow generously. You never know who will reciprocate or how generously!

Thanks for sharing this post with a friend--if only for the pickle juice tip!

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