Remember the story (click here) about Tessa and our walk throught the deserted town of Séguret? Here's that tea shop with the Christmas decorations still hanging. Remember the name for those little half-curtains? Les brise-bise. Aren't they sweet? Here's another picture, a little less lacy.
Good news! Chief Grape will be in OAKLAND, CA on March 21st! Check out some of the other cities he is visiting, click here.
LE COLIS (ko-lee)
: packet, package
A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse
Le Remerciement de Gus
(Gus's Thank-you Note)
I received a very kind remerciement from Gus Elison, who won the key in the "French Antique Giveaway". I thought you might enjoy the photos that Gus sent, and the captions that go along with them. Enjoy!
From France to Jacksonville... The key has arrived!....
LIKE A FIRST VALENTINE, THE PACKAGE ARRIVED ON 5 MARCH.
THE KEY IS GRAND. THE MOST THOUGHTFUL THING WAS THE WAY IT WAS ENCLOSED.
TRUE GENTEELNESS AND IMAGINATION WITH THE OLD PAGES AND THE DELICATED BLUE RIBBON WAS THE FINAL TOUCH. YOUR INNER BEAUTY SHINES THROUGH.
THE "KEY", PAULETTE AND GUS. A REAL FRENCH BEAUTY RAISED ON A FARM DURING THE GERMAN OCCUPATION. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR VISIT TO SEE FAMILY AND FRANCE.
I WILL TREASURE THE KEY AND YOUR PERSONAL ATTENTION ALL THE DAYS I HAVE LEFT. THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR GIFT OF FRENCH WORD A DAY.
Kristin: Life's rough isn't it, Smokey?
Smokey: Walways me! Walways me!
Mama Braise: Son, what are you talking about?
Smokey: Life is rough. Walways me, walways me!
Mama Braise: Son, we need to work on your grammar! The expression is "Woe is me", and not Walways me!"
Smokey: Wow is me! Wow is me! I like it, Mom!
Mama Braise: Oh, Woe is we!
Kristin: ...or would that be "Woe is us"?
(Braise and Smokey look suspicious and clueless, respectively)
Kristin: Just sayin'...
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