mid-July update

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Ahem, it looks like I neglected this blog once again … but to my defense, June was a month of exams for my boys, of work busy-ness for hubby, therefore it didn’t leave me with much free or stressless time. But here I am now !

So, what have we been up too ?

Well we have now a 17 y-o son (geez it almost feels unreal to say that), who got the best grades (20/20) at his written & oral French exams (that are part of the Baccalaureat diploma). We are so very proud of him ! He worked super hard & got rewarded for that hard work.

We’ll soon have a 15 y-o (double geez !) as well… who also had super excellent grades to his very first exams ! (practically 20/20 too) Needless to say that we are equally proud of him !

What else ? We’ve had a terrible heatwave late June / early July, and the temperature went up to 43c (109.5f), which is something none of us had ever experienced. Let me tell you, that was pretty awful for nature. Many vineyards & cultures (fruits or veggies) got severely burnt.

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We will be going to our (probably) one and only summer trip (till hubby will work in Lille, across the country, we’ll have budget restrictions) next week. We are going to a rather rural area, around 200km away (not that awfully far) for four days.

Hubby is now on summer holiday, thank goodness ! It’s been a challenging year, but I find we’ve all done pretty well at adapting to the new situation. Hubby worked very hard, and shall be a little less present in Lille, starting September. That is a super good news because being home with us only two days a week was not our idea of happiness.

I use my (ten years old imac, repaired twice, almost died once) computer a lot lot less than in the past (I think there might be weeks or months without me turning it on !!) that’s why I also haven’t blogged as often as I used to. I’m typing this from the ipad my mom gifted me for my birthday, and I need to create a new habit of using it for blogging.

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Pitou is doing pretty well, and he’s still the king of his garden ! Speaking of garden, the only edible thing I have planted this year are cherry tomatoes and I pick lots of them every single day !

There you go … you got our lastest news … what have YOU been up to ? I hope you will share in the comments ! Happy summer to you !

hugs,

Sonia

our little piece of heaven

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Spring has come and is almost gone over here in southern France ... summer is clearly on his way, and it is completely the opposite as last year (to my own relief !!), when summer had been really really early. (Yuck !) Therefore we actually had a real spring season this year, which was profitable for the garden ! And therefore I am a happy girl because all the flowers and plants I’ve planted or sowed this spring are thriving !

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It is our third summer here and I’m beginning to get better at this gardening thing, ahah !! If you remember, we’ve lived in apartments between 1999 & 2016, and our first year here was spent improving the garden first (which I tend to think now that it was a smart move from us because these things take time to create and flourish !). This year more than ever, I have introduced many new flowers in the garden, and they are almost all bloom right now & my heart is ready to burst !  I think that will be a good idea for another post to list all the flowers and plants in the garden !

Pitou is as excited as I am with our garden, it is our little piece of heaven ! He spends part of his days in  the garden, here and there, basking in the sun, listening to the birds, observing insects ...

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It is currently one of the best moments of the year for enjoying the garden in all its glory because everything is so lush & blooming and the temps are not awfully hot yet.  Believe me, the both of us are enjoying it thoroughly right now !

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The only plant I’m growing for food this year are cherry tomatoes, and this year I didn’t sow them but bought them as tiny plants back in (early) April, and they’ve grown so so much, there are already little green cherry tomatoes !! Exciting !!

The photo below pictures fallen petals from a red geum. I threw them in the air like the natural, biodegradable nature confettis that they are ! 

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June is going to be super busy because both my teens will be having exams, and hubby will be more absent than these last months ... I need to remember to take care of myself as much as I take care of my sons, my hubby and my cat ...

Talk to you soon ! Take care too !
With love,

Sonia ... and Pitou too

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birthday & Easter weekend

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Hello everyone. It’s been a couple of weeks ... my my how time flies ! My two teen boys are now on school holidays, and we celebrated my 41st birthday yesterday. Today was Easter but we don’t particularly celebrate (we’re not religious).

The garden is growing rather fast since it is warm but not too much these days (hurray !!) and rather muggy. We’re off to a rainy and very windy week, so I tried to take some precautions in order to avoid damage among my most fragile plants. The two geums (the red on top and the yellow below) are blooming these days and I love them dearly, they’re so lovely !

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Pitou loves his garden kingdom as much as I love mine !! Look at him : 

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I hope this post finds you happy and healthy. Thank you so much or your visit today !

With love, 

Sonia