Walnut Groves + Star Gazing

• 17 October 2011


Last night, as I transferred a few things from my car to house, I paused to look up at the stars twinkling in the sky.  Even though we live in Seattle proper, we do live in a quiet neighborhood (the best of both worlds!) and as I enjoyed that brief moment of silence I thought of where I was last week, and the time I stopped to look at the stars one evening after returning "home" from dinner in a nearby village.  Only a little more than a week apart, but moments far different from each other to be sure.  It's pretty surreal to even think about what I experienced that week...my "normal" life is quite different.  My heart is spilling over with gratitude.

This particular adventure in France was unlike previous trips as this time I was not only there without any family members, including my kiddos; but, I didn't have any house projects either.  Instead I was able to truly enjoy the area and savor my surroundings in a new way, i.e. actually have the time to stop and pick walnuts off a tree.  I thought to myself, "this is how it must be for our guests when they stay at La Maisonnette".  Let me tell you, it was so relaxing!  I felt and still feel so inspired by this experience...thank you for going with the flow here as I post a few more times about it.  I have so much to share with you.

In the meantime, you've got to check out what our workshop guests have been sharing on their own blogs and websites.  Aran and I have been blown away by the beautiful images (all very different from each other too) and heartwarming accounts.  I think you'll enjoy the additional perspectives and a morning's worth of "pretty". Here they are...



Olivia - her images of Beynac blow me away.  Her perspective is so unique and the way she captured the Sarlat market in Autumn was breathtaking.

Kimberly - our picnic next to the Dordogne River and a beautiful image of our guests with the Valley of the 5 Castles behind them. 

Jen - beautiful images from our workshop plus lots of candid images of Aran doin' her thing.

Romina - comic relief and a delightful play-by-play of some of the details the rest of us have yet to share :)

Lorna - more lovely market photos (shallots and garlic never looked so good) and my favorite cheese plate photo of the week.

Sanda - red geraniums (so French!) and images straight out of a movie...like Chocolat...which was filmed in lovely Beynac.

image 1-3 - Stephanie Brubaker for stephmodo / image 4 by Romina Rasmussen of Les Madeleines

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