Monday, June 11, 2012

welcome to the jungle


++ The Husband spent Saturday with a giant weed wacker clearing a path into the garden as he whacked along. It's nowhere near finished yet but at least we can actually see what's what now. For example, we have a wine barrel. Why is there a wine barrel in my back garden? I have no idea, but it's mine now. We also found a huge bone of some kind. We're thinking maybe cow and that the people that used to live here had a really large dog, or perhaps a pet lion.

++ Every single box has been unpacked. Now if I can only find places to put everything, I'll be all set.

++ Despite his best effort Mr. London did not win the French rugby championship over the weekend but he played his little heart out right to the very end and I'm proud of him. I'm even more proud of him though, for heading to Corsica today to walk across the island to raise money for sick children. If you're feeling in anyway generous and would like to help Mr. London and a bunch of other rugby players raise money for children in need, you can do so, by clicking here (and if you do, and you have a problem understanding the website in French email me at sarainlepetitvillage@gmail.com, and I'll help you out... anything for the kids)

++ It turns out that my house was a barn hundreds of years ago. If you would have told me that one day I would be living in a barn in France, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have believed you.

++ Papa has announced that he is taking Fifty hunting for wild boar next fall, and to this I say: OVER. MY. DEAD. BODY. Can you really see Fifty hunting wild boar? I can't either.

++ Living in the new LPV may be detrimental to my figure. Everyday when I pick up the baguette at the Boulangerie, I pick up a chocolate chip cookie too (yes, I choose the cookie over the pain au chocolate because I'm 100% pure Americana like that).

++ The Husband turns thirty in twelve days and I have no idea what to get him but am taking suggestions. 

Anyone?

bisou
 

42 comments:

  1. We did major yard work also! It seems to never end.

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    1. never. it just keeps growing back :(

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  2. Sounds like the garden could be a lengthy project but at least you can look forward to little surprises coming forth as the husband makes progress on the job. You are lucky that you find chocolate chip cookies in your boulangerie. We don't find those in Sablet.

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    1. You'll have to find your way to The LPV, they're actually pretty tasty cookies.

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  3. I think you should get him a subscription to the "Joliebox Homme". ;)

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    1. Fantastic idea! And it would appeal to his girly side (everyman has one!)

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  4. P always jokes that I was born in a barn because of my humble East Texas origins, relative to his Arlington suburb heaven I suppose it may have been, but now you get to live in one! I may feel right at home there. ;)
    no boar hunting.
    what do you get the boy who has everything? pastis?
    a xo

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    1. HA! He's going to love it when I tell him that he's the boy who has everything!
      He's been off the Pastis lately but I think I will get him a beautiful bottle of some obscure whisky. x.

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  5. Don't let him take Fifty, he'll turn him in a heartless killer, ack.
    The garden's starting to look great. That wine barrel, perhaps a little stool or drinks table for when you want to picnic? I think you need to get The Husband a leaf blower/vacuum so he can make the garden prettier. Either that or some new dancin' shoes.

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    1. hmmm... new dancing shoes... I'm thinking tap!

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  6. I like that jungle, I would take it more gladly than the festive Avignon! Now I am curious too who is Mr London actually, even I need to admid that I know only one rugby player and that is Chabal!

    For the birthday, does The Husband like (extreme) sports? Parachute jump (this is on my b-day list for someone next year... it's secret still) ! Or less extreme, canoeing trip to Ardèche.

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    1. He does want to try skydiving but he would want someone to go with him and that's definitely not going to be me! I wonder if they let dogs skydive...

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    2. You can invite all friends to watch the jump, and anyway it's done as a tandem with the instructor so he won't be alone on the jump either. Maybe he can take Gatz with him, seems like he follows The Husband every where he goes :P

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  7. you never saw yourself living in a barn in france?? so weird. that is what i aspired to do my entire life. some weird fate brought me to living in the arctic (when i swore id end up in the tropics)

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  8. So true how our lives take so many unexpected changes. Yours sounds ideal. A bone, huh? Wonder what else you will uncover there. Wild boar hunting? They certainly are a cast of characters. xo

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  9. Sara, regarding the big 30 gift, may I suggest one of those "Smartbox" packages (pretty certain you can even find those in grocery stores like Intermarche...), where you basically purchase an "adventure", like a car-racing training course, or a weekend for 2 in some really awesome location, or a fantastic dinner for two in a Michelin rated restaurant, the choices are endless! Here is the link to some activities a guy would probably enjoy: http://www.smartbox.com/fr/coffret-cadeau-homme/#Nav=Laterale Bonne chance!

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  10. I want your garden...even with all that maintenance, I want it! Reims is so stuffy! And I can totally picture fifty hunting wild boars but I don;t think it's the picture I want to be imagining ;)

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  11. I can't tell you how much I love your garden!

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  13. living in what used to be a barn and a jungle for a backyard...sounds like heaven!

    xo, amanda

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  14. Ugh, I am awful at picking out gifts.
    And that's actually pretty awesome that you are living in a barn in France. I mean, how many people can say that??

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  15. Let's identify that bone. I feel like you have the potential to uncover the next fantasy creature or something.

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  16. Hmm, if the ground could talk :) Bones, wine barrel? Sounds like a wonderful adventure!

    leslie

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  17. i can't help but think of frances mayes' book under the tuscan sun when i see that abandoned wine cask in your backyard and your husband going at the back 40 with a weedwhacker - all you need now is to hire a contractor with polish workmen and you've got 'under the provencal sun!' i'm sure your movie version will be much better ;-)

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  18. I never know what to buy for my husband. My parents, sister and I all chipped in to buy a super nice game camera for his 30th birthday and, because it was a little too fancy for his style, he asked permission to return it. He has yet to replace it... with ANYTHING. So technically he never got a gift for his 30th birthday and it was HIS choice. Dumb. I pretty much have given up and, if anything, I'll just cook a nice meal.

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  19. hahah a LION!!!

    PS have you checked to see if the wine barrel is empty? :)

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  20. Wow, Sara. How far you have come. A year ago you would NOT have been offering to translate French for anyone! And, I would keep Fifty home. He might be more like dinner for the wild boar! Not good.

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  21. i'm a firm believer that every weekend should involve some kind of weed-walking! i'm glad you're finally unpacked and i hope you are loving your cozy new barn ;)

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  22. I just saw the photo of your house and it's BEAUTIFUL! My husband just taught me how to use the weed-whacker, but I'm terrible at it and I keep spraying grass clipping everywhere. Oh well. : )

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  23. It may be hard work but I can already see that you are going to have a lovely garden - I wonder what else you may find in there! Such an adventure!

    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  24. Your house was a barn?? Oh my!! You really do have some work to do ;) lol

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  25. Boar hunting? Wow. I love that you find a wine barrel, you could probably find something useful to do with it in your barn.

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  26. ...and yay for the wine barrel! xo

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  27. You're living in a restored barn?! How romantic!!! I would love to live your life in the country one day. You make it sound so charming!

    And I also agree to NO to wild boar hunting! Fifty is too pampered for such laborious activity!

    Happy move! : )

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  28. 'You are done unpacking?' she squealed, three larges boxes staring accusingly at her from the other side of the living room...
    Presents for the husband: almost anything from colette.fr would do for mine. Might be worth a try? Dxx

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  29. Well done for getting your unpacking done!
    For Mr D's 40th birthday I bought him an "Experience" (I think it was a "Red Letter Day" one...) He chose a day's hawking for two - so I got a present too! So I vote for one of the Smartboxes too...preferably one for two people that YOU fancy!!

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  30. I say get him a weed wacker because it sure looks like he'll need a new one after trimming down that jungle! (which is beautiful, btw! really. very envy-worthy, overgrown and all).

    congrats on unpacking so quickly!! you'll find places for all the stuff. my favorite is usually under the bed or sprawled across the coffee table (but that can be our little secret).

    xo
    kym
    bitty.and.bunny

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  31. i want to live in an old barn in france. i'd even take the extra weight. isn't it funny how sometimes other people's lives sound a million times cooler than your own?

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  32. Fifty -boars are best as sausages not wild & raw, don't do it. Mortimer

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  33. a French barn, wine barrels in the garden and beautiful fresh French bread - you really are living the dream . . .

    Sharon
    xxxx

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