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Trying hard to channel the Maconnais

Dinner at Parkside Grille, Portola ValletSo what was it about living in Aneugny that the female DG found so, well, contenting? They had spent a relatively cool and rainy month of May, so it wasn’t the weather. She’s suspected it was the beauty of the countryside but also the pace of living in rural southern Burgundy where everything seems to be at half time.

Then there were the things that they could easily do in the San Francisco Bay Area but rarely do. Like meeting friends for lunch on Saturday. So they did that yesterday. Which brought them to Sunday and a day where she could almost channel the Ameugny/Taize/Cormatin vibe. Get up and go the market. Then rather than morning service with the brothers, an evensong service at Christ Church Portola Valley with beautifully sung music provided by the choir of Hertford College, Oxford. All capped off by an outdoor dinner with the Bostocks, who’d been with the DGs in Ameugny/Taize. It was about as close as she can get…

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First Blush: Trying to get into golden California

Golden grass near Lake Lagunita, StanfordThe female Dawn Jogger is not adjusting. She hears recordings in her brain about how beautiful golden California is, a treasure to those who see it. But after the lushness of Ameugny in southern Burgundy, it just looks dead to her. Early this morning, the sun was hitting the tall golden grass along the trail around Lake Lagunita. It did catch her eye. She did photograph it. But her heart is not warmed…

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First Blush: It’s a rose of a day

Roses in Menlo Park, CA

Roses seem to be a theme for the female Dawn Jogger this spring. After a prolonged hibernation, they many vines attached to homes and cottages of Ameugny exploded into bloom the third weekend in May, helped by the heat. The Bay Area also had a cool spring through May. The roses she spotted this morning seemed to be smiling nevertheless. A cheery start to a good day…

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Chronicling the last sunrise in Ameugny

House near Roman church in Ameugny photographed June 2010

The DGs have been rising naturally during their stay in Ameugny, so there was no need to set an alarm in order to get up in time to make their 10:30 am flight from Lyon. But they did allow a few extra minutes for the male DG to take one last shot of the shadow of the graveyard cross on the side of M. Lechat’s house. The male DG is promising to give a full update on gulker.com…

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Reflection on a month in the French countryside

Field just east of Taize, France

The female DJ took her final walk through the Guye valley today – at least for this visit. Between the walk to and from Taize each morning, a different loop that passes by Elevage Daubard (Charolais cattle ranch), and the jaunts near the Grosne and Guye Rivers, she seen a lot of changes in just 30 days time. When the DGs arrived, the grape vines seemed to be shivering  in the cold and had barely budded but all the surrounding fields were ablaze with yellow buttercups. The vines are now dancing in the sunshine and the buttercups, overtaken by tall wheat grass, barely visible. In Ameugny, the roses continue their brilliant bloom; along the country lanes, red poppies have made their appearance. Many new calves have made their appearance; the sheep at the last farm on the right have been shorn but remain very pregnant. A new group of young people, including many Swedes and some Americans have arrived in Taize (the blue tents are just barely visible at the top of the photo). All will continue to evolve over the summer months without her. The male DG talks of a September return – and shares a wonderful photo on his blog

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A visit to kittens leads to another great walk

River Grosne near Chazelle, France

Color the female DG breathless, again packing a lot into one 24 hour period. Start the day shared with friends at Taize. Sandwich in some work. Then head down the hill and east to the neighboring hamlet of Chazelle to visit Fifi the cat’s new kittens. Fifi’s co-owner Cees van Halderen, who along with wife Sue Nixon run a combination  gites/camping ground, La Tuilerie de Chazelle, had the good suggestion of taking the long way back to Ameugny, which gave  the female DG the opportunity to get to know the fields and forests near the River Grosne. This month has gone by way too quickly…

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A good walk – and then a glimpse of the expat life

Voie Verte near Cluny, France

Yep, just your average day. Morning prayer with the brothers of Taize followed by old fashioned American scrambled egg breakfast. Then a two hour (6.2 miles) walk into Cluny along the Voie Verte with Sara and Peter, with the male DG meeting them for lunch at Pain Sur La Table. Stops in Cluny to buy  provisions for the fete tonight, featuring a gathering of expats (Dutch, Brits, American). Has the female DG mentioned she could get used to this life…

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