Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Ce qui est fait n'est plus à faire
From the wisdom of an elderly and adorable French housekeeper named Félicité on the repetitiveness of household chores, "Ce qui est fait n'est plus à faire." What has been done is no longer to be done. Famous French Birman, Pompon, supervising the hand-wash, concurs. The proverb expresses the satisfaction of having finished a necessary and burdensome chore.

laver à la main:  to hand wash
un lavabo:  a washbasin, hand basin, sink (but not kitchen sink which is un évier)
le lavage en machine:  the machine wash
une tâche:  a task, a chore
le ménage:  housework

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Sunday, September 28, 2014


Water lilies basking on floating light in Claude Monet's gardens at Giverny.  

un nénuphar:  a water lily

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Friday, September 26, 2014


You can't get much happier than this wooly or Mangalica pet pig living in the Queen's Hamlet on the grounds of the Château de Versailles and having fresh baguette and vegetables for lunch. The Queen's Hamlet, or l'Hameau de la Reine is the rustic farm village that Marie-Antoinette ordered to be constructed as a refuge from the rigid ceremonial constraints of royal court life. A caricature of a functioning farm, the idyllic decor was a rural paradise for the young queen.

un cochon:  a male pig 
une truie: a female pig

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Thursday, September 25, 2014


From the oyster capital of Brittany
Les creuses de Cancale
For centuries oyster lovers, including French royalty and intellectuals--François I, Louis XIV, Marie-Antoinette, Napoleon Bonaparte, Voltaire, Rousseau, to name a few-- have had a preference for oysters from Cancale, a small but bustling fishing port on the western end of the Baie du Mont-Saint-Michel. 

"Life is good" is what the septuagenarian from Massachusetts sitting at the next table said as we sat outdoors bay-side in the delectable Indian summer sun savoring these creuses de Cancale. And, less is indeed more; a dozen fresh oysters on the half shell, bread, butter, and a free glass of white wine make a memorable one-course meal.

moins est plus:  less is more

une huitre: an oyster
l'ostréiculture:  oyster farming
une demi-coquille:  a half shell

Photo courtesy of Thomas W. Byrd

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Friday, September 19, 2014


Carpe diem
Oh, what a beautiful morning... mild temperatures, no wind, and not a cloud in the sky.
Let us seize the day: saissons le jour.

un été indien:  an Indian summer

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Saturday, September 13, 2014


Pompon, our favorite Sacré de Birmanie, takes forty winks, or un petit somme.

un petit somme: a short nap
faire un petit somme:  have a short nap

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Pompon a la flemme
The Birman is back. Famous French cat Pompon needs no prompting to show what "avoir la flemme" means.

la flemme:  laziness
avoir la flemme:  to be lazy

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