Category Archives: France

Patterning

Some pictures from our 2009 trip to France. Claude shivers in a surprise snowstorm. We had to rush to get all the nets up because if the olives freeze then their oil is ruinedish. Philippe examines a rifle, one of … Continue reading

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An Olive’s Pace

Harvesting olives in the sun by Azure It was January, the end of the olive season and we had decided to work an olive cycle – from tree to oil – on a family farm in the hills above Nice. … Continue reading

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Maturing morning

Click to expand in place: Music: “Gravity” by Lusine by Mike From the plane, it looks like a web of lights is clinging to the French coast and spreading inland in constellations. And the lines and webs extend to the … Continue reading

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Before there were markets

The girls hopped from rock to rock with their skirts brushing the bushes. They sang high-pitched hymns that reached us in the wind, voices fragile like glass, clear and pure as the hill’s high air. From here we could see … Continue reading

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Love has a recipe

by Mike Azure fell in love with a Corsican cheese, a cheese that doesn’t travel well. We were leaving in a couple days and she might never again see or taste the enchanting, goaty brocciu. Azure was sad, so I … Continue reading

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Presence in Your Mouth

by Mike Have you heard of the word, “terroir?” It’s French. Terroir is why champagne can only come from the Champagne region of France. It’s why you can’t call your crappy, molded chicken milk, “Roquefort.” Terroir is the sum of … Continue reading

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A Jungle of Force

The poor old rich days… by Mike There is a mysterious person in traditional Corsican towns, a man or woman kept at the periphery of society because they play a supernatural role in death. At night, this Mazzeri is compelled … Continue reading

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Essential Education

Learning machines. by Mike (This post refers to the time we spent with the Catholic back-to-the-land family in southwest France). I killed my first fowl on this trip, it was a guinea fowl, practically a chicken. I didn’t actually kill … Continue reading

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Lunch Prayer

The back-to-the-land family sings a prayer before eating cassoulet on a Sunday afternoon. The guy with the shaved head is Johann, the son who had just fallen from the rafters. This is near Carcassonne, France. by Mike Before every meal … Continue reading

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Collecting

by Mike Collecting salad from another time.

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Potato Beds!

Carrying the cases of potato starts out to the tractor. by Mike Their potato-planting window of opportunity was closing – the family was running late already, and because the moon was about to change phases we had to get it … Continue reading

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Animal Farm

(more photos)

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Mental Health Break

Mental health break – on hold with Delta.

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Reed cutting day!

by Mike We spent a day cutting reeds for a fence. My strategy was to cut a reed then launch it out like a javelin. Azure cut them all then dragged them out as a group. More pictures inside! (more … Continue reading

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I almost saw this guy get killed

by Mike The family has discovered that there are, in fact, some medical complications for which God hasn’t provided them medicinal herbs: Mom’s five cesarean sections count among them; one of the kids has a hyperthyroid problem that’s vexing the … Continue reading

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We have the technology…

by Mike To paraphrase Didier, “We have the technology for peace, we just choose to use it for war. Everyone could have food and peace.” (two more pictures)

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Catchup Post – Back to the Land

by Mike Well. We’ve spent the last week working on a farm with a traditionalist Catholic family of 11 back-to-the-landers. They live in a gorgeous, shallow valley that’s tucked away in the hills between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, a … Continue reading

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Three easy ways to let divinity flow through you

by Mike, because he’s the self-righteous one. These are three simple things that everyone can do today to live more in the present. (read more) 1 – Use no electricity after sundown. We found that we adjusted quickly to the … Continue reading

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Catchup post – Free(gan) Food!

Learning learning learning by Mike Dude, we’re way behind, but I’m going to post some stuff to catch up, and for posterity. We were with Riana and her family at the end of March…. — We’re staying with a Freegan … Continue reading

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This tasted good

Nutella wontons with myrte jam

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