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

ready to pick !

Yay ! Our very first homegrown-from-seeds cherry tomatoes were ready to pick today ! We were so excited !

Obviously they were delicious ! What a joy to grow your own food (even though such a ridiculous part of it) ! We are so proud of our little plants & hope we'll be able to eat tons & tons of them all summer long !

Have a great week ahead, I hope you've all had a lovely weekend. Thank you for your visit.

ox

Sonia

winged visitors

Happy July everyone, and happy 4th of July to my American visitors ! Summer holidays have begun, my eldest turned 15 on June 24th, and took his very first exams on the 29th & 30th. I hope your summer (or winter) holidays are underway as well !

My buddleias have been hosting a bunch of winged visitors, and I wanted to share some photos of them here. I hope you'll like them.

I love how their wings seem to have been painted or drawn with pastels ... The one above is an Iphiclides podalirius (aka a scarce swallowtail or Flambé en français), with a worn out tail.

And this one is a Leminitis reducta (aka Southern white admiral or Sylvain azuré en français) Aren't they both gorgeous ?!

I hope this little post finds you happy & healthy. I'm considering posting old posts (from the same time but years ago) from past blogs of mine. Would you like it ?

Be well.

xo

Sonia