Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Spring & seasonal change

Paris in July 2017 has been and is now behind us for this year.... its time my blog changes direction for spring... I now focus on my garden and growing things, creating a new season ambiance here at Thyme-for-tea.  

I do love July and my month long focus on Paris & France, things french, and sharing that time with many long  time blogging friends, and new ones..

But here in Australia we are on the verge of a new spring.  This is a real time of celebration for me. I love the new life that springs up around me. 

What does the changing of season mean to you? 

Last Sunday afternoon walk... 
Treated to a reminder of the amazingness of this creation! 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Paris in July 2017 ...... the Finale!

Here it is, the final few days of Paris in July 2017. Its been a delightful month of dedicated posts to many different things we all love of Paris, Franch and French culture. I regret that I have not had enough time to visit all of your posts, or to have even read the books on my TBR pile... but I know many of you have had a chance to visit and support each other during this blogging event.

So as the sunsets on the Eiffel Tower, I'm going to invite final reviews, commentaries or "best of" posts....  you could nominate another bloggers post as one of the best, or review a series of posts, or even post a link to one from the past. I will hope to get some time to do a few visits this week.. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Paris in July ...... ma post en Francais...

Les chocolates pour La Quatorze Juillet 
Ca fait longtemps que je n'ecrit pas en francais, et maitenant j'essayera sans dictionaire. Si vous avez des corrigions pour moi, si vous plait les me donner.

Bienvenue a Thyme-for-tea, mon espace pour les contemplations de la vie... pendant le mois juillit, je celebrerait Paris in July avec mes amis qui a bloggers comme moi.

J'aim beaucoup la vie Parisienne  (ou quelle que chose j'imagine il est) mais je suis habite en Australie que etait tres loin de Europe. Chaque annee je m'emerse dans la fantasies de le culture francais.

De temps en temps je lis les histoires de la vie en France ou regarde les films qui a fait au France. Parfois, je mangera ou cuisinier les nouriture francais... ou bois les vins de francais.

Cette année il est tres difficile pour moi de passe beaucoup des temps faisions qulle que chose francais, parce que je suis une etudient (MBA) avec les devoirs et ie suis tres occupe avec mon travaille et des autre activites.

J'ai au les reves de lire trois livres, mais..... je n'ai fait pas.... peut etre apres l'examen..

Sans la doubt, ni lisent ni cuisinier, ni regardent les films ou mangent les croissants,  j'ai au beaucoup des amusements avec vos posts tres interessant et tres diverse. Merci..

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Paris in July 2017 - Week 4 - final

My French Dreams....
How many other tragics are there out there? Who else has a bookshelf like this one? All my dreams of speaking french fluently one day are resting on this shelf.... oh, yes, and on my tablet where I have multiple apps like Speak French by Podcast... On my phone I have one of those online radio apps, that allows me to listen to french radio and french podcasts. I do try...  Just this week, I've been listening to the Tour de France on french radio in french - and fairly proud to say I understand most of it.

Anyway - for Paris in July 2017 - I promised myself I would do a post in French - so I've only got this week left to do that.. I will.

And as the month is coming to its close next weekend, we have one more Mr Linky.. post your new Paris in July links here... I'm really looking forward to seeing what's to come!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

France's entry in Eurovision 2017

One of my Paris in July aims was to listen to more French music but I didn't really know where to start, when one of my friends noted she had really enjoyed Frances entry in this eurovision competition. Here is it - both a really energetic piece and a great video...

For some of my readers, you may not be familiar with Eurovision. It's an annual song competition between participating countries, where ABBA became an international sensation. Its been in existence for 62 years.

I was never quite sure why Australia followed, or even participated in this competition, but this explanation is quite helpful.
 Australia first competed in 2015 when it was invited to participate in a gesture of goodwill for the show’s 60th anniversary and its ‘Building Bridges’ theme. The country, which has a strong Eurovision following, has since remained in the competition, both confusing and upsetting many fans. The simple explanation as to why Australia is in Eurovision is that SBS, its host TV broadcaster, is part of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which oversees the organisation of the contest; in essence, this qualifies them for entry.
 This years French entry was selected... by the French broadcaster France Télévisions, in collaboration with their television channel France 2, who internally selected the song "Requiem" performed by Alma and written by Nazim Khaled to be the French entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine (Wikepedia)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Le Foret de Troncais et Les Chamignoux

 So here's another chapter in the unplanned trip to France in 2002. We were cycling (cheapest way to live when unexpectedly on holidays) according to the TV news weather map - avoiding mountains!!  We ended up here - somewhere in Allier, near Montlucon. It was beautiful country, very french.
 Cycling through villages with amazing views in ancient streets.. we just couldn't believe how lucky we were.

 Constantly taking in the new and different... my partner was intrigued by the ancient architecture.

 Cycling meant having all our travel gear on the bikes... as this was an unplanned trip we had to do some sorting, rearranging and ended up with our little 'Bob' trailer. It worked a treat (as long as I wasn't towing it).
 When we decided to come to this part of the world, we booked a gite (local farm house for rent) and then started riding towards it. The gite was located in the village of Les Chamignoux near le Foret du Trancais. It was such a highlight of our trip.. we loved it!
 This was our Gite... white stone collage with red wines.

Time to play with fires in cozy corners... 
 And like any good French village - they had hunts!

Located near the Forest of Tronçais (Forêt de Tronçais) we enjoyed walks, rides & picnics. This is a French national forest, a forêt domaniale, comprising 10,600 hectares in the Allier, managed by the Office national des forêts. Its oaks, planted by order of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, minister of Louis XIV to supply the French navy, constitute one of the principal stands of oaks in Europe. The oaks of Tronçais, representing some 80% of production, are prized for the barrels coopered for cognac and the great wines of Bordeaux.

I will share another special story from this part of the world in next weeks edition. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Paris in July 2017 - Week 3

Here comes Week 3 of Paris in July 2017. I've been having a great time visiting all the posts, and there have been lots! Just like the button I've selected for this week, there have been many different varieties of contributions. From reviews of great classic books & authors (thanks Mel U), to books & documentaries on Van Gogh & his brother Theo.. music & video clips, like the one I'm going to show again here cos I loved it..(thanks Mae)... to visits to french gardens (Jeanie) & museums, & crazy french fashion(thanks Esme).... our love of things Paris & french is broad & deep. Its so special to find a community to share it with.

Mae shared this link last week and I thought I'd post it here in celebration of Paris and le Quatorze Juillet .
24 words for Paris 2024 from Cokau Lab on Vimeo.

 Now here's this weeks Mr Linky... its helpful to put the name of your post in the NAME box with your name in brackets, and then the link to your current post in the link box.. There have been some issues with Mr Linky, and if you would prefer not to use it, use my comments section instead.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Musee du velo

Back in 2002, my partner and I packed up, left home on a journey, and ended up in France on bikes! We fell in love with France on that trip (although my Dad reminds me I fell in love with France with I was 3 too). Landing in France was unexpected and unplanned, so we had no expectations. Each day turned out to be a new adventure.

On this particular day, my partner was in 7th heaven.... a collection of all things Bikes! This museum was in the country, somewhere around Cluny, a town we ended up staying in for over a week just because there was so much to do there.

My regular followers will know, we are Tour de France fans (and Tour Down Under). So it was especially gorgeous to find this corner of the Musee devoted to some of the Tour's history..

Check out the collection of Biddons (drinking bottles) along the top of this wall! (what scares me, is that we have a growing collection just like this - we get then from the side of the race each year!)

For those that enjoy watching things evolve - here's some different bikes that were clearly in a state of trial. We don't see many of these around today.

I'm not sure I could master the Penny Farthing, and I admire those that did (and still do). When we see a Penny Farthing these days, it's out of place and appears uncomfortable - but I'm told, back in their time, they were a machine to reckon with!
I quite like this poster... off she goes with him chasing her. What fun! Cycling has certainly brought some fun times into our household. I recall this accidental trip to France with some fondness, as cycling was the cheapest way we could do it. I wasn't particularly bike fit or savvy then - and we certainly didn't know much french then either. But we made our way around some lovely areas of France and got fit at the same time!
I believe this musee was a private collection open to the public. We were very lucky to find it, and to have the time to enjoy all there was collected here. I've just found more information here about the Musee du Velo... If you're ever in the area, I'd recommend a visit.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Paris in July 2017 - here comes week 2

Bonjour Paris! Hasn't that first week been amazing? Thank you all - we've had some really interesting posts about authors, books to be read, famous children's characters, places we've visited in France, french music, french chocolate.... and so much more. I particular enjoyed Deb from ReaderBuzz' post on her favourite posts from previous Paris in July events... Its always nice to revisit things we thought were special in the past....

I'm sorry I didn't actually get a post up in past week, but uni assignments come first. Now that's handed in, I can engage a little more here.

Don't forget, this week the French celebrate Quatorze Julliet - what will you be doing? I think our local Alliance Francais is having a moving night and drinks, and then I will celebrate with my french class mates  over a dinner next weekend. Love to hear all about it..

Here's this weeks Mr Linky!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Paris in July - Officially starts!


Thank you to MarmeladeGypsy for these amazing buttons for participants in Paris in July 2017. You may use these buttons anyway you want... choose one for all your Paris in July posts or use a different one for different types of posts... or create your own. It's just a fun way to mark your posts.. 

I'm attaching a mr Linky button below for you to link in your posts. I'll put up a new a mr Linky each week (probably on my sundays). 

For new comers to  this event you'll find some links to past events in my Challenges page above. Welcome.. feel free to contribute as much or as little as you like, on whatever your dream of Paris jn July would be... all topics are welcomed. 

I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by the level of genuine interest and committment you have shown to this event, and I'm really pleased many of you are addicted too.. 

Lets raise our glasses .....
"Here's to Paris in July" 

Link your posts in here this week...

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Paris in July..... some goals

This is a happy french memory for me...
I might post something on my stay here in 2002

Thank you for joining us in this years Paris in July blogging event. Karen reminded me that this is our 10th anniversary... so Happy Birthday Paris in July!!  Having recieved so much encouragement, I've been compiling my list of things I hope to do for my virtual journey to Paris, France this year.
  1. Learn something new about life in France.... 
  2. Visit some of the museums of France virtually... so much easier to do these days
  3. Maybe blog in french a little.... 
  4. I have a reading list, and some new French authors to learn about
  5. Id like to listen to some current french music too
  6. I will also do something for le quatorze juillet.. this looks achievable
 So here's a glimpse of my reading choices...

Special Request.... if anyone is passionate & interested in developing a Paris in July button, it was be most welcomed.

Mr Linky should be up by the 1st July.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Paris in July ... an addiction

Here's the thing... recently I haven't been very engaged in the blogging space, and I feel that blogging connections are harder and harder to maintain and develop in the days of rapidly changing social media behaviours.... however, I know I have a small collection of lovely and loyal blogging friends, and I value those connections.

For the past 10 years, I have been hosting or co hosting the annual blogging event known as "Paris in July "... its something that I secretly love and cherish in my blogging life.. but motivation to promise to lead it again is challenged by the other priorities in my life, my realisation that I don't have many active followers anymore, and my partners of the past are not in this space anymore... so I have been actively trying not to do this post.... trying not to put this out there... trying not to say it.... but I cant hold back.... I am an addict.

I truly am.....

I am going to do my own version of Paris in July this year.. you may join me, or just follow... I am going to commit to posting during July on my French connections... books I read, movies I watch, movies I love, Food I adore, and what ever else I can find that brings Paris into my wintery Aussie life. I would love your company, but its not expected... so I will try & get the mr linky thing back working, or we will just use comments to link to each others posts.

So here's to Paris in July....

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Son of a spy?

For the Australian audience, there's no need to introduce Mark Colvin. But do other readers know this man? his voice? his story?

A few years after joining the ABC in 1974, journalist Mark Colvin visited his father in Washington DC. Mark thought his father John was a senior diplomat in the British embassy.
His father took him aside, swore him to secrecy and informed his son that since the 1940s he’d been a spy working for MI6  (reference

 Light and Shadow begins with a tour de force of chapters, vivid in detail and beautifully paced, about Colvin’s first posting to London in 1980 and the dash to Tehran to cover the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Colvin hits the ground running, taking readers into the mayhem. (reference)

Mark Colvin joined the ABC as a cadet in 1974. He was the first presenter of The World Today and worked for Four Corners for five years. After five years as London correspondent for the ABC, interrupted by six months in hospital with a life threatening disease, he returned to Australia as presenter of PM in 1997, a job he has continued to do despite three years on dialysis and a successful kidney transplant. - See more at: https://www.mup.com.au/items/198595#sthash.GUEEJubv.dpuf

I've just started this book, but Im loving it. I think mostly because Mark was such a big part of my growing up and learning about the events of the world through his reporting.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Farewell my friend

Yesterday we said farewell to our friend and beloved companion. 
Jindii Mirrii

We rescued her and loved her 
She rescued us and loved us
We know she is now in peace
But will be missed 

When we picked her up at the shelter, she was timid and shy. She came home as a companion for our aging Pepper. She was named by an Aboriginal friend of ours. Jindii Mirrii meaning sister dog. She truly was a sister for Pepper. She came out of her shell, and developed her own style .. while remaining slightly quirky... was an ever present companion. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Time for reading

It's been ages since I've done a book review, and look at this.... too many to remember... but I'll give you a very quick snapshot of where I'm up to. 

Victoria the Queen.. this is a big book. I haven't finished it by any means, but I am enjoying it. I'm at a new place in my reading life, and its actually ok to not finish something from start to end in one sitting and its ok to just read a little bit at a time.. this book is progressive so I'm just at the point when Victoria has been crowned and has a strong crush on her prime minister.. what happens next? I dont know yet... 

Perfect reading for when I was 2 weeks post op and pretty shallow in my thinking and concentration .. I actually devoured this light and easy story... a story of love, change, friendship and creativity. 

Also in my post op period, the improbability of love was a little more than an easy read, but also engaging. Its the story of a painting, sort of a who dunn it storyline. The painting even gets his own chapters.. its a novel full of characters, which can take some time to get to know,  but evetually i got into it. Love or not, i think the painting won.

  Something a little more meaningful, Pachinko is the story of a Korean family through the generations. Starting from humble beginings pre 1900 in a rural village, through the daughters eventual migration to Japan through the war years. Her new family and their struggles in a post war Japan, with no option of returning to Korea, they make a good name for themselves. Grandsons end up studying in  the US, returning to their famly base in Japan. A fascinating perspective on Japan... 

This is a collection on essays, and again something I'm just reading a bit of at a time. Its from  15 different writers who explore what it means to be black, asian and minority ethnic in Britain (but probably many other western nations) in todays climate. 

Ah, Lilly Brett.... I've loved all her books. Australian author, daughter of Haulocaust survivors, now living in New York... this is a collection of snippits from her life there. Funny and fast. Im mixing this up with the other more heavy reads I have on the go at the moment.