Friday, May 19, 2017

May 2017

The new Bacchus bike jersey-
from the Hungry Cyclist Lodge
  Merry month of May

I know that I say how fast the month passes, but this month  it really has. Or maybe  it is because I have been very busy. Busy is good.

I leave for Detroit  next week, so I am writing a very short summary of half a month. After Detroit I will travel to Ava Missouri to see my sister and nieces.

The presidential election is done and Macron is our president. The election was the 7th of May and Macron won handily....yeah. And on the 14th he as sworn in as president. The next round of votes for legislation are in June. It appears Macron is going to shake up the old politics of France a bit. He has picked people from all parties for minister positions. Very interesting, and people who are competent, what a good idea!

My photo club had our exposition over the weekend of the 6-7 of May. It went well and this year there were some very good photos. Competition is mounting
Exposition before anyone arrived

And then they came- we had 488 visitors in 2 days

The 3 winners by public vote
I came in second with the vote of the club. I am happy with that.
Happy with this photo
Continue to work on the TOUR DE FRANCE. Again, note 7th of July on your calendars and watch the Tour as it passes through Gevrey.  Nuits Saint Georges is the finish,  which is about 12 km south from here, but the route the Tour is taking is longer. The tour will turn east for a ride on the plain and then enter Nuits Saint Georges from the south.
Paper flowers and more paper flowers.....hope it does not pour rain that day!!!
Three jerseys so are photos of the Yellow and Green. We have one mountain jersey too (white with red polka dots).

Planted the garden, perhaps photos next month if it is pretty, just one now with the irises . But that task is done.
And yes the garden house is leaning. It needs to be
Also, I finished the articles for the Assoc Gazette due the end of the month - Flore and Faune  12 photos color layout, patois of the Côte D'Or and back cover photo.
On the 13th of May, the Assoc had a collection of old photos or post cards. Spent the day scanning old photos and old post cards.

On Sunday the 21st, it is our outing to Autun with 16 people. Then I will be off to the USA.

That is all from Gevrey-Chambertin this month. No recipe, keeping this month short and I need to start packing.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

AVRIL 2017

April 2017

The first round of voting is finished! And now on to 7 May for the final vote.
The two candidates that passed to the second round have made a little history. There is no traditional left-right party in the final election, this is the first time since the 5th Republique.
LePen is extreme right ( and also under investigation for using money from the EU to pay campaign workers)! And Macron made a new party called En Marche (he is a centrist) and he is only 39 yrs old.
It would be similar to a USA election without a democrat or republican as the two candidates on the presidential ballot.
There is a rising group of people demonstrating and proposing not to vote at all, "ni LePen, ni Macron", and by not voting, the outcome could be worse . I do not support that idea, my right to vote is important to me.
The drama continues and of course we will know the outcome in two weeks.

We had a very warm March here. Now it has been cool/cold and extremely dry. Yesterday, for the first time in weeks, we had rain.  Saulieu had some snow last night (25th of April)! We had other days that predicted rain, but only a few drops of mud fell, not enough to wet the ground, just leave the car a mess.

It has been a trying time for the vingerons  Last year we had the hard freeze mid-April that destroyed 100% of the grapes in some areas. Everything here has bloomed about 2 weeks too early.
And so here we are again, Chablis had some damaged last week and this week looks worse. Not too much here locally, but with this new cold spell? Many vignerons put fire pots in the vines to avoid a freeze. But the temperature is predicted to drop again tonight (Wed 26th)!
Photo from the Bien Public newspaper-fire pots in the vines
Here straw bales were used. The bales were put at the bottom of vines, lit and let the wind carry the smoke over the vines. Tom took three photos near Auxey-Duress ( near his Bed and Breakfast)- his photos are here ( Saturday morning there was smoke all over the Gevrey, and heading south it was like a thick fog! Straw bales were still fuming.
Glad to get far enough south to be out of the smoke.

A note about Easter this year. First we had dinner( noon meal) at MT's. And what a pleasant afternoon. We started with a huge plate of white asparagus accompanied by homemade mayonnaise. It was fresh asparagus (asperge) from her neighbor. White asparagus is more promine that green here in France. Very little green is sold here...but now  to return to the meal; next the fish course, poached salmon. This was followed by the meat course, veal with quenelles. Always here in France, there is a cheese course followed by dessert- light cake with raspberries😊...and very nice wine to accompany the courses. One must remember that a dinner like this is over several hours. Arrived a noon, home at 6pm. And no evening meal. One eats slowly and talks and enjoys sharing the time with friends.

With all the ads for Easter (Pâcques), I thought about egg decorating, and what we did at home when I was young. We decorated some elaborate eggs. Even blew the egg out and decorated with beads and ribbons. Here all eggs are brown, or at least in all the stores that I shop. So no pale yellow eggs. I knew people who would not buy or eat brown eggs! Well beware of france if you are one of those people, your omelette is probably made from brown eggs.

Chocolate is popular here for Easter too. Shelves of chocolate, with a few bunnies, but the cloche (bell) is more the symbol for Easter.

I have mentioned before, I am working on the second book for the canton de Gevrey. This is a photo book of the villages today. This will be the 16 villages of the Haute Côte. Since the colza (rape seed) is in bloom, I have been taking landscape photos.  Here are a few photos from this month in landscape format (only 4 out of 16!). Better get moving!
From Reulle-Vergy looking at Ternant
Outside of Chamboeuf


 Hard to see the cows in the Chamboeuf photo, so here they are close up.
I did ask them to turn around!
There have been walks also this month, trying to get spring flower photos before they go away.
Waiting for directions.. turn right or left

anémone sylvie



 Porcelle à feuilles tachées


Anémone de Grèce

Keith and I went to a sale, flea market that is every year in Nolay. However, it was the 3rd day of the sale and the good stuff was gone. Oh there was some beautiful furniture way too big for the house, and glass ware, and ....but we did not need any of it (thank goodness). On the way home, there is a jog in the road because of a house. The wisteria was in bloom, so I took a photo.

On Saturday, we headed south (or ssw) for the city of Autun. On 22 May, the association group is touring Autun. This was a pre-tour for Keith and Mireille, the 2 guides for May 22nd.
Autun has Roman history, founded by Emperor Augusta (called Augustodunum). Here are a few photos that I took yesterday. I had 77 photos from yesterday, so it is a marvel that I narrowed it down to 7!!!
Keith and the Temple de Janus -3rd of 4th century

Belle vue- Cathedral Saint Lazarus

Pyramid Caouhard -1st or 2nd century
funeral memorial

Once a seminary- 17th century, now miltary school
Note the beautiful roof

Roman city gate (porte saint andre)- 1st century 

Cathedral Saint Lazare (Lararus)- 1120

Tympanum over the door is the Judgement
amazing sculpture
Work has started on the Tour de France. Gevrey has been picked as a relay ville, which means that we also entertain VIP supporters. They will have a VIP place with a large screen TV to watch the race. Estimated to be 150-200 people in the VIP group. I am working on decorations, the VIP section will be decorated, and if time, some of the street too. We are making paper flowers, starting with red, but we have yellow, green, white flowers ( and white and red) to go. The 4 jersey colors.
Here is a photo of our group!
From the newspaper Bien Public
On to May, tomorrow is labor day here, so it is a holiday.

Recipe of the Month
Home made mayonnaise is very common here. When someone serves something where the taste of mayonnaise is important, it is home made. As I wrote, MT always serves home made mayonnaise, and I said I made it to go with the asparagus. It is easy to make and so very good. Everyone needs a little delightful taste of real mayonnaise now and then. For other dishes where it is not the primary flavor, I use commercial mayo.


  • 2 egg yolks *
  • 3/4 cup canola oil ( I do not use olive oil, the taste is strong, but that is a personal choice)
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar and /or lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard ( I live here, so of course I add Dijon mustard, but this is optional)
  • salt to taste

  1. Combine egg yolk, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, and teaspoon salt in small bowl of food processor (you can do this by hand, but I use the food processor).  
  2. Blend until bright yellow, about 15 seconds.
  3. Slowly drizzle in about the first 1/4 cup of oil.
  4. Blend well
  5.  Gradually add remaining 1/2 cup oil in very slow thin stream
  6. When mayonnaise is thick, it is done. 
  7. Cover and chill. 
* Egg whites: Some whip the egg whites to stiff stage and add to the mayonnaise for a light version. I have also made meringue drops with the egg white (beat stiff, add sugar and bake on low for 30-40 minutes)

Friday, March 31, 2017

2017 March

Mars 2017
Semezanges March 7, 2017
Another month gone! Yikes it goes fast. Above is a photo of Semezanges. I have started on my photographic documentation of the 16 villages of the Haute Côte. On a hazy day I went up and over the Côte and as I started to descend into the village of Semezanges, I pulled over and took this photo. As it was the first week of March, the trees had no leaves.

I just updated my calendar, and it is getting full. Retirement is not at all boring, plenty out there to do. Since I enjoy taking photos, this works for me. But a little under the gun to take the photos during the next few months. And of course continue with photos of nature and for photoclub.

As I mentioned before, the Tour de France is going to pass through Gevrey. The actual peleton will pass through in about 5 minutes! They will come down hill from the Côte and descend into Gevrey and turn south on the highway D974 for Nuits Saint Georges. I have joined the committee to prepare for the event. Weeks of preparationfor the few minutes of glory!

Keith took off on his bike. Because it is a bit early, he is not camping. He headed south and has been gone 5 days now. Even here, the week has been warm, about 65-70 degrees.
Au revoir mon amour
I have played with spring flowers and my camera. Out for walks to see what nature has to offer. It really has been a warm month. So of course here are my photos.

Tall plant with flowers hidden under the leaves- Daphne Lauréole 
Played with the new macro too-Helios M42 macro-
Flower Scille de Printemps

Helios macro- Nivéole du Printemps
Nivéole du Printemps
Amémone Pulsatille
Bius en fleur ( box shrub)
Cornouiller mâle
Another flower not within a few kilometers, is the Fritilaire Pintade. It grows in wet prairies. MT and I thought it was time to search for this flower. We headed to the Val de Saone, about 35km south east.
Driving on the dirt roads, we found a field with the flowers. So here are some of my photos.
Fritillaire Pintade

Hope I did not bore you, but I think these flowers are amazing, checkered flowers.

I climbed up the Combe in Gevrey. Just to give you an idea od the height, I added a second photo with the road marked in red.

photo from the top
Road road at the bottom
Photos of the climb.
start of the walk, sunny day in the woods
 The climb
At the very bottom is a vineyard, it is too early for the leaves to sprout.
And in closing, there was a pretty sunset one night. Very from back terrace. Real colors.
Actually an HDR photo. It is 4 photos with diffrent light settings, from dark to light, so that the vineyard shows and
the colors of the sunset. Merge the photos and VOILA

If you are curious about where I live and missed the connection to the YouTube video YOU TUBE version...Gevrey YOUTUBE  .
The Tourist Office made the short video.

Recipe of the Month
Couscous Oriental (Tabbouleh)

Very common dish here, you can add anything.  Very easy to make and adjust to taste.
Add chicken, take out the raisins, add boiled eggs and spring vegetables like peas and or asparagus.
Go creative.  

  • ·        1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ·         cup finely chopped onions
  • ·        ½ cup sweet red peppers cut into small cubes
  • ·        1 ¼ cups boiling water
  • ·        1 cube chicken broth
  • ·         cup raisins
  • ·        ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ·        ½ cup zucchini cut into small cubes
  • ·        1 tomato cut into small cubes
  • ·         Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ·        1 cup quick couscous
  • ·        1 tablespoon butter
  • ·        1 Tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  1. In
    a saucepan with a tight lid, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and
    red peppers, and cook and stir until wilted. Do not brown. Add the
    water, broth cube, raisins, cumin, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  2. Remove
    from the heat, add the couscous and stir well. Cover and let stand
    for 5 minutes. Uncover, add the butter, and vinegar,and fluff well
    with a fork. Add the zucchini and tomato and toss.