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Daffodils! Catkins! Hiking in spring!!!

Saturday, March 10, 2012      36 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I am so glad I went hiking today! It was very grey but it didn’t rain, and I saw more signs of spring’s arrival! One of the most wonderful was the daffodils everywhere in the woods!!! I had never seen so many.... Read more

Could I be getting free?

Friday, March 09, 2012      35 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Let me start with a HUGE thank you for your amazing support throughout this roller-coaster of a week. I am feeling completely exhausted and wish I could just stay in bed this morning! But instead, I am writing this ... Read more

A long walk around Paris discovering some of its beautiful 'passages'

Saturday, March 03, 2012      39 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends ! I woke up to a very grey sky and ‘rain’ was the weather forecast. I don’t like hiking in the rain (well, I like it for the first 20 minutes, find it very romantic and everything, and then I am soaked and I hate it!... Read more

Hiking again!!! And enjoying clear signs that spring is approaching!

Sunday, February 26, 2012      32 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I am very much in a celebratory mood tonight, as today marks the official end of my post-sprained-ankle walks... I am back on my hikes! Woohoo!!! I can hardly walk tonight because my legs and feet are so painful (es... Read more

Visiting a farm near Paris and an abbey in Normandy... what a great day!

Sunday, February 19, 2012      29 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I am tired tonight after a long wonderful day in Normandy. The sun was shining, woohoo! But let me start with the beginning... This morning, we went to a farm in Ecancourt, about 20 minutes from home, as Ling-Y... Read more

Walking around Pontoise, by a gorgeous freezing Saturday morning

Saturday, February 11, 2012      31 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I had such a lovely walk today... made even better of course by the fact that it was the first time since I realized I had sprained my ankle and shouldn’t go on hikes anymore... that was one month ago, before I went... Read more

Yoga on your doorstep!

Sunday, January 29, 2012      22 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I am so excited I want to share the latest news with you! This morning, I had a visitor… Ling-Ya, my yoga teacher! She came to look at my guest room: I was looking for a lodger for a few months, and it just happened... Read more

What my 1st year on Sparkpeople changed... and what it didn't change! (looong blog, sorry!!!)

Friday, January 27, 2012      33 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Last Monday, it was my first Sparkversary! I had planned to blog about it that day, but I came back from Haiti one day late and then I was overwhelmed with all the work, working on my photos, preparing for a present... Read more

From Haiti with love (an all pics blog)

Friday, January 20, 2012      36 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends, I thought for once, I would post an all-pictures blog... Just for you to enjoy all the beauties, smiles and signs of encouragements I saw today. I hope it will warm your heart the way it did mine! :) Read more

Haiti - What happens to the victims of the earthquake 2 years later?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012      24 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends, For the last two years, with 63,000 other people, Raymond and his family have lived in the Delmas 40b camp. Like many of these refugee camps in Port-au-Prince, Delmas 40b is dirty, unhealthy and dangerous. For the l... Read more

Haiti - Maxine is grasping her second chance

Tuesday, January 17, 2012      27 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! When the earthquake struck Port-au-Prince on 12th January 2010, Maxine’s brand new restaurant collapsed on her. She was stuck for hours underneath, until a former colleague, who had heard what was happening, helped ... Read more

My Sunday in Port-au-Prince

Monday, January 16, 2012      21 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! My Sunday started with these views over the hills, from my friend Magda’s house. Read more

A walk around Ecouen, my local castle

Sunday, January 08, 2012      30 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Impossible to go on a hike today: my sprained ankle isn’t cooperating. I really hope it will heal before I fly to NYC on Friday, and then Haiti on Saturday. So, I decided to be sensible and go on a short walk i... Read more

A great start to 2012!

Sunday, January 01, 2012      32 comments

I hope as I write this that you all had a lovely New Year’s Eve and started 2012 in a positive state of mind. I surely did! Nan (Sparkfriend MINIUM) had invited me to share their family dinner for New Year’s Eve, and it was both delicious, fun a... Read more

The last hike of the year!

Friday, December 30, 2011      23 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I was so happy this morning to see the sun shining! Quick, quick, I got ready and off I drove to Hédouville, a charming little village North of Paris, in the Eastern Vexin area. When I got there, the sun had disappe... Read more

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