The cats look through the window as I descend the steps...
If they could only talk.
I wonder what they might be thinking.
Oh look she's leaving us alone again...where is she going and how long will she be gone?
Lets nibble that new white hydrangea that she has on the counter in the kitchen!
No I think we should roll around on the new bed cover and leave as much hair as we can on it...
oh forget that...
let's just sleep until she gets home and then act aloof as if we could care less that she even went out!
I had to stop and take a few pictures en route to French Class to share with you...
Two varieties of clematis were happily tangled and twined along a cedar fence spilling forth toward the sidewalk.
I love the pretty combination chosen by the green thumbed gardener who tends this lush green space.
Wisteria loves to climb and demands a strong reinforced structure or it will pull down eaves and drain spouts.
Ah look at those delicate pendulous tendrils of mauve flowers.
Their scent is soft and fragrant rather evocative
and I think most exotic and sweet.
We have some new class members for our new session of French.
The core group have returned and it is wonderful to be reconnecting with this eclectic group of women.
Their stories are interesting and romantic...
many are seasoned travellers,
one has a French family whose children attend SJD in French Immersion
several, myself included, are planning trips to Paris,
another is marrying a Frenchman and will soon be living in France!
Our instructor is kind and gentle and encourages us to speak freely in French.
My ability to speak the language is very weak, although my comprehension and writing are much better.
Madame does not judge us harshly or laugh at our expense.
We laugh at each other as we struggle to find the right words which are not easily found.
I highly recommend taking a course in something out of one's comfort level
as it forces you to get creative and use those brain cells.
"Use it or Lose it!"
Meeting new people is a bonus and easy when you have something in common...
it's surprising how fast we have connected as a group...
united by the simple desire to learn a new language.
I'm hoping to continue taking these lessons until I am fluent.
My goal is to be speaking, reading and understanding French.
I'd love to explore and expand my study of France and reading blogs is an easy way to further broaden that knowledge.
Do you have any favourite blogs that focus on French Life or travel in France?
Perhaps you'd be kind enough to share them.
Take time to stop and smell the flowers...