Saturday, July 20, 2013

Off to the beach!

With summer weather really and truly here and temperatures steadfastly into the thirties every day (well above mid-thirties most days!) we grasp any opportunity for some relief by taking a day-trip to the sea.

Jonathan & Debbie and family have joined Raphael & Camille and family for the week in Brittany (near some of Camille's family) in order to enjoy the beach.  As they were getting ready to leave "bright and early" on Saturday morning I suddenly got a similar idea... why not take our own children to our closest beach near Caen, just two hours away!

Since the idea came a bit late for an early start we didn't leave till past eleven but by one thirty the kids were in the sea at Riva Bella, Ouistreham — exactly two hours to get there!

The next day we got this shot from Raph as their crew headed out.

Unfortunately the sun was so strong I couldn't see what I was taking a picture of so I only got this one picture as a memory of the day for us: just a beach scene — but we sure had a good day out!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Two times Four : The Birthweek

You've heard of birthdays before but these two cousins have what we call a birthweek around here!

Amos, the (elder of the two) was born the 11th of July and his younger (by a few days) cousin Ruben celebrates his birthday later that week; July 18th.

As you can imagine, we have a lot of fun with this but the routine that is falling in place is two cakes on successive Sundays each complete with Camille's inimitable red-fruit fromage frais "cake" (see below).

Here then, for your viewing pleasure are those two one-of-a-kind four-year-olds!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

A natural mystery

The other day Claire picked this up in the backyard under the lime tree.

A (very) simple question : what (on earth) is it?

Is it animal, vegetable, or mineral?  I find it impossible to say!

Here's all I can tell you; it's about 5 cm long, seems to be punctured at one end, and seems to be formed of tightly bound fibres.  It has no perceptible smell. We couldn't find any tree or bush it might have fallen from.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Time for another mystery

Eating lunch out at the stone table, Olly suddenly reached over and passed me a single key on a key ring wanting to know if it were mine.

The key is green.  The key-ring is from Lycée Gabriel Touchard -- Le Mans.  That is the place where Claire had to go (for the first time) a few weeks ago when she sat her French oral exam for the bac.  But what's that got to do with the key and why was it in our backyard?

Mother, Rebecca, and Claire, who were also there disclaimed all knowledge of the artifact and expressed downright astonishment at the idea of whose it was and where on earth it came from.

I told them it must be time for another mystery post on the blog, and they agreed!

Any takers?

Sunday, July 07, 2013

A Day at Chartres

One of the most spectaclular cathedrals of France since the twelfth century Chartres is the must-see building of the area if you appreciate stained-glass!

Wanting to give Claudia a little culture and taking advantage of Christopher and David's scout camp just nearby the Raphael & Camille and family decided to brave the elements (35 ° heat!) and make Sunday a wonderful day-out.

Here's Camille with little Susanna posing outside the edifice just to prove they made it!

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Friday, July 05, 2013

Raph and Pascal at Vaas

During a business meeting this evening out at Vaas their host got a good shot of Pascal and Raphael, while they were exploring the new installation at the business park site.

No, it's not a hot-air balloon but the top of a water tower !)

Thursday, July 04, 2013


I bought a watermelon the other day.

When I got it home and cut up, I remembered having seen a sign over the fruit that it was sans pépins — seedless.  Sure enough, the expected large black seeds had been replaced by small, lifeless, white pips.

I started musing on this and it occurred to me that this is what is being foisted on us, too, as people.

We have so neglected the life of God in us and despised our beautiful culture that was given that we are now everywhere agreeing to be neutered out of existence.

We don't want anything that will generate more life, do we?  Too much hassle.

As for "seedless fruit" I started to wonder if such fruit could even be food for us?  How could it sustain life, in the long run?

The verse in Genesis 1:29 came to mind.  And I wonder.  Whatever the nutritional value of such things I decided to make every effort to avoid buying into the "seedless" game being proposed to us.

Seedless grapes?  You can have them!  I'll take the fruit the way God made it for me, thank you!

Monday, July 01, 2013


Photo of a nine year old with his gosling