Winter drags on


Vanille just grinning for the joy of a tummy scratch.
This has been a winter to remember. Week after week the sun hides behind a dense cloud cover and the days begin and end with a selection of rain, fog, snow, ice and battering winds. I spent Christmas and New Year in the hospital with pneumonia, 2 weeks in all. Just as I arrived home, Mark was held hostage in the Clinique for a week with an in depth look at his heart. I was dramatically reminded how precious friends are as everyone came to my aid. I was also reminded how blessed I am to live in France. Now Vanille has hurt her back leg. It doesn't seem serious but it worries me just the same.

So…that's why I have been silent on this blog. I'm dreaming quite a lot though and I know spring will come, flowers will bloom and I will be busy in the longed for sunshine.

Winter scratches are so appreciated!








I was ecstatic to be able to spend a few moments outside as Mark has taken on all the outside work and insists I stay warm inside. Vanille makes me happy, just to be near her and I have missed our walks together. She has a heavy coat to keep her warm and even though I make a nice deep straw bed for her in her “cave”, she prefers to enjoy the snow. Tòti is sleeping through the winter. Vanille's harness is inside all cleaned and ready for spring.

We recently watched a very well done and interesting DVD, Trait de Vie. It follows several people in France who are using horses for work in the forest and small and large gardening. It can be ordered online at

I wish everyone a very Happy New Year 2019! May we not forget for a moment to enjoy this marvelous world we live in and do everything we can to protect it and all the creatures that we share it with. Let's be kind and loving, no matter how busy we are or how fed up we are.



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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6 Responses to Winter drags on

  1. N2 says:

    What a difference two days make, non? So glad to have time with you and Vanille out in the sunshine on the mountain. Wishing you many more sunny days like today! x0x0 N2

  2. Jo Bradley says:

    So good to hear from you, Suzanne. We loved our brief visit with you in September when we drove up with our friend, Elizabeth Dreyer, from Montolieu. I’m sorry you’ve been sick and I wish you a complete recovery in time to enjoy the spring, which must be so beautiful on the Montagne Noir. Loved the photos of you, Vanille, and Toti Bleu under wraps! Jo Bradley

  3. Myra King says:

    Fabulous pics, Suzanne. And I’m so pleased you are up and about again.

    • Suzanne says:

      As we are freezing I hope you’re not melting. Shame we can’t share. How are you? your hand? Is it cooling off a bit there? Thanks for your sweet comment. ❤️

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