"Bonne année, bonne santé" or "Meilleurs vœux" (Good year, good health and Best Wishes).
These are the regular greetings throughout January (only the first time you see the person after the new year ) .
It has been a bit of a roller coaster month. It all started Jan 7th with the shootings at the Charlie Hebdo head quarters. The magazine is low humor (we have never bought one), but here in France, people were upset because of the cold blooded murders (face to face) and the main issue as "FREEDOM". Freedom of the press, freedom to speak, the basic freedoms of the french culture were attacked. " Je suis Charlie" was a symbol that "you attacked ME and MY freedom". It was a very emotional week and there was the sense that the french were united against terrorism, terrorism that starts to take away our rights.
The french national motto is "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité" ( Freedom, Equality and Fraternity [brotherhood]) , much the same as the American saying "Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness".
We did not live in the US at the time of 911, I assume it must of been the same emotion of coming together at a time of tragedy.
And although the 3 men were caught and shot, this new reign of terrorism probably has just started, and it will be worldwide.
Keith and I went into Dijon where estimates of 35,000 -50,000 people gathered (estimates varied!).
|Dijon Jan 11, 2015|
This morning there was a little snow, we have not had much yet this year. I went out and took a couple of photos before it all melted!
|vines behind our house- with a snow flake on the lens|
|snow on the pines|
|another angle of the vines behind our house|
|Monks - Vougeot|
|panels that were along the road|
|another panel- made with paper flowers|
|last panel photo|
|Monks- the cheese at the monastery Citeaux if well known|
|at the round about -main highway|
|many houses put up some decoration|
|monks working the vines..some of the people were dressed in|
|she was walking around....|
|another house with a little decoration for the occasion|
|and the perfect way to go on a picnic|
|Gevrey's statue of St Vincent|
|Pretty good photo of Messanges's statue|
|Villages have banners too in addition|
to the statues- note all those behind,
still in line for the parade
|another statue for Savigny|
|He is from the "confrérie des chevaliers du tastevin"|
at Clos Vougeot, who are part of this celebration.
(this one a bit fuzzy...and a little of the person who kept stepping i
in front of me when I was taking photos!)
|Gilly - a little garden|
|a cabot made with ceps -Gilly|
|Sharing a bottle of wine after mass- Church in Gilly|
|Gilly - monks praying|
|the major of the band|
|and then the drums|
|banners for the villages hung around the village|
|a band dressed in costumes playing as I walked|
across the bridge (train tracks below) to go to the
As I said, playing with photos lately. Trying some indoor photos since there is so much rain!
|Making boeuf bourgogne, so I had the|
|Stairs and setting sun|
|trees on the horizon|
|Late afternoon and Flipper leading the way|
|Checking out the ducks|
|Setting sun on icy pond|
|Egret standing guard|
In pottery, I am working with raku and some ideas. Have to see how some of these ideas work. Trying some glass in the piece, or I am going to try copper too. I have a final piece in mind that I want to make, but have to see what effects I get first.
And so the month of January closes.
Recipe of the Month
Easy recipe and light also. Give it a try.
1 pound boned chicken breast ( I used without skin-see note below)
1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary
pinch fresh ground pepper
1 cup fat free or low fat chicken broth (low salt too if possible)
-OR 1/2 cup broth, 1/2 cup white wine
1 16 ounce can white beans ( cannellini ), drained
3-4 Tablespoons chopped sun dried tomatoes (be generous)
Olive oil or olive oil spray
- Put skillet on medium heat
- Add about TBS of Olive oil or spray pan
- Add chicken, rosemary salt and pepper
- Saute for 2-3 minutes
- Add broth, beans, dried tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low medium and let simmer....maybe 8 minutes -UNCOVERED
- Check that chicken is done
- If still to much broth, remove chicken and bean mixture to the serving bowl and reduce the broth. This should be not be soupy, just a minimum of broth to make the dinner creamy.
Tried again and cooked the beans with everything except chicken on low so all the flavors could mix. Left it to cook on low for about 1 hour. Then browned the chicken pieces and added to the bean mixture. To the heat up to cook chicken and reduce any liquid that was still left. - worked a treat.