Autumn approaches

I reach for a jacket now as I walk out the door in the early morning for Bella's walk. The summer colors are softening, the first leaves are falling and the winter squash vines are dying back exposing enormous squash. The wood storage barn is filling up with neat stacks of firewood and I am starting to collect kindling during my walks. Autumn aproaches and I am reminded that soon I must coil up the garden hose, verify that the woodstove is clean and ready, prepare the storage area for the picnic table and BBQ, and spread straw in the sheep's barn. There is a constant rhythm to life in the country. The changing seasons require a change in lifestyle. Summer is so busy with gardening and friends that I begin to look forward to the silence of winter.

My daughter Dana arrived from the states bringing her joyful energy, big smile and her love and hugs that I have missed desperately. She also brought a suitcase full of gifts including frisbees and toys for Bella.


Thanks to Mark's beautiful work, there is progress on Tòti:

He built a mold for the roof beams and we worked together laminating and gluing with epoxy resin one roof beam every day for ten days. They are so lovely that I have decided to varnish them instead of covering them with paint.


We have had a problem with the plywood but we expect a new delivery this week. We feel it very important to have a high quality lightweight plywood. Some months ago we chose Joubert Okoumi Okouplex plywood. There was a mistake in the delivery which we didn't notice until recently. Now we are waiting for the Okouplex to be delivered and the lower quality plywood returned.

Dana hand carried the stained glass window created by Scott Ecelberger. It is beautiful. I am in love with it! (There are photos taken by Scott in previous postings) The carrying case for the window that Scott built was a work of art in itself.


My friend Natasha Myers is donating the fabric for the ceiling over the bed of Tòti. We chose it from the website Spoonflower.

Yesterday we had a surprise visit from Barbara Roth's Anywhere Art workshop. A dozen exuberant and joyful artists came to visit Tòti and wander around this land that I love so dearly. What happiness they brought us!!


Barbara's website is definitely worth a visit!



About Suzanne

American living in France. Artist and lover of nature, gardening, all living beings. Married to the love of my life, mother of two wonderful daughters and grandmother.
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4 Responses to Autumn approaches

  1. Ann Marqus says:

    Tòti looks like it progressing well as does Bella. So wonderful to have your daughter there. I love the ceiling fabric. How lovely to fall asleep under that. How do people sign up for your blog?

    • Thanks Ann. To be a follower, which means you will receive an email every time I post something, look at the thin black bar at the top. Click on follow. I will be very happy to know you are following the journey.

  2. Suzanne says:

    Thank you faraway friend. Send news. A visit to France next year I hope. love to you and the family, suzanne

  3. Nicole Lemaitre says:

    Lovely to hear from you as always with your unique and beautiful insight into nature and all things precious. Thank you!

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