Sunday, August 31, 2014

La rentrée

Like thousands of other children his age, Olivier went to his new school today as the new term gets underway!

Except that most schools probably don't start on a Sunday.  Olly's did!  It's the Institute Croix des Vents -- Saint Joseph, located an hour and a half from us (due north, toward the beaches in Caen) in the village of Sées.  You might have guessed, it's a traditional Catholic School, a boys-only school, and a boarding school.  He'll be taking the train Monday mornings and returning Fridays thus spending four nights with the other 143 students in the dormitory!

Something all new for him and for us but a change we think will be very positive all around!  Here's a (not very good) picture of him yesterday with Claire in his new uniform and tie! (Notice his height compared to his sister!)

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Or, as Raph put it, "Tibbs à la plage"  (We gave up long ago trying to figure out a meaning behind Raph's strange nicknames!)

He's one cute little guy, though...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The big fishermen!

Some news from the holiday-front up in Brittany came in last night!

And we've been waiting for a post like this for some time: Olivier and David, whose patience knows no bounds, have finally struck pay-dirt (to mix my metaphors)!

Raph, proud father and also intrepid fisherman that he is, is seen in this recent photo basking in the boys' reflected glory. Result : twelve delicious-looking mackerel!

Monday, August 25, 2014

The happy chappy!

(That's pronounced "shappy" as in chaperone!)

The young people were clowning around the other day and Claire got this great shot of Christopher pretending to chaperone Rebecca and François!  I thought you'd enjoy it -- I did!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Recent travels and old friends

We've been very busy, as you can see by yesterday's picture post!  And we are all very happy with the upcoming changes!

I've been so slack in recording events lately I had even thought of abandoning the whole project as something done and finished.  Thank you to all those who provided encouragement to keep it up a little longer.  So here's a little catch-up post for you!

Two weeks ago, while Rebecca, François, Claire, and Olivier went to Poland to attend the European Young People's Christian Conference in Male Ciche, Sarah and I spent a wonderful couple of days in the Netherlands with our dear friends the Scheepens, who gave us such a warm welcome! 

It was so good to see Kees & Frances and Bas again.  We also got to renew our acquaintance with the Zemps from Switzerland, whom we hadn't seen for several years.

Of course, when they knew they were passing through Switzerland, the young people couldn't miss the opportunity to pay another visit to the dear singers-songwriters, the Grandjeans (see lovely picture below of Hélène and Samuel, taken on the balcony of their home).

Above is a picture-memory of Kees, along with Hans & Esther,  at a part of his vast pig farm.  It really is quite impressive the care and attention to detail he has put into his porcine husbandry.

Finally, one more shot of the whole crowd in Eindhoven with us at that time...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

An announcement

The front

The inside

The back