Another example of shutter art in Madrid. This stuff has tagging "art" beat to a pulp.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The village of Soreze as seen from behind the blackberry vines on the road to the new ronde point (say roh-nde py-ant), roundabout, in town. We don't take the sun for granted here, at least not yet. In fact it makes it harder to stay inside and write. I just have to reward myself at the end of a productive day with a walk or a game of Scrabble with Monique. (In French last night, vraiment! truly!)
Monday, March 21, 2011
I am hearing it on the radio, whole jazz and classical shows on France Musique on the theme of le printemps (say: prahn-tahmp), and in the cheerful voices of the birds nesting in the stone wall of the patio next door. Giving thanks for the rain and sun that is greening the fields.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
The children in the village have been on their midwinter vacation from school, so a variety of entertainments have been offered locally. One of them came to my back yard, well, to the square around the corner, where a small theater and chairs were set up to bring the children "the laughter and the joy of the spectacle of 'Guignol and the Pirate' ".
Guignol is a puppet created in Lyon in 1808 by a silk worker, Laurent Mourguet, during a recession in the silk making business in France which put him, and a lot of others, out of work. Mourguet created a puppet show and the character of Guignol to educate the people of Lyon about the dire situation of his fellow silk workers, to discuss social injustices and openly criticize the bourgeois families who looked down on the desperately poor workers and the local and national authorities who did nothing to help them.
The "Guignol and the Pirate" show here last week didn't have any political undertones, that I could decipher anyway, but I love that even the puppet show here has a long, politically tinged, history. And that the children still love it and participate in the show, shouting out "Il est là! Il est là!" (He's there! He's there!) when the bad guy appears.
Friday, March 11, 2011
These miniature jonquils are called Tête à Tête. They sell 3-inch pots at the market for 1.50€ a piece. I treated myself to three pots a couple of weeks ago and tucked them into this dish with some moss from the foot of the mossy wall along the Chemin du Tour du Parc, the little street that circles the village. They greet me in the morning and give me company as I wash the dishes at night.