Path of truck through Anne's front yard.

image: Path of truck through Anne's front yard and the cedar that stopped the truck.

|| 13 August 2018

Living Dangerously at Provence-sur-la-Prairie

Previously I had announced an absence from Nouvelles for August. But I had to make a brief reappearance and tell you about the two bizarre (and dangerous) incidents that recently occurred here at Provence-sur-la-Prairie. More.

|| 26 July 2018

Normandy Cheese Updated + Summer Reading Suggestions

Another hot Sunday here at Provence-sur-la-Prairie. But only 105 degrees F. /41 C. forecast for today's high. Last Sunday afternoon temperatures hit 112 F. / 45 C.

Thursday, after I posted the Nouvelles on Normandy cheese, our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat emailed comments on the topic. You can read them here.

Summer Reading

Like many of you, Mimi in Winnipeg keeps up with the latest books on beauty and well-being. Recently she sent us a report on what she has been reading lately. Her suggestions come at an excellent time. I have reached the point again when I am overwhelmed with things that must be done — and done soon. For the month of August, I am taking a break from the regular Sunday and Thursday Nouvelles to try to do those things that must be done. Hopefully without collapsing from the heat while doing them.

Here are some suggestions from Mimi for books you might find interesting —and one film:

I feel like I need to check in with a French report about books and movies, although I'm sure you keep up to date with all the new releases. I did finally watch "My Old Lady", starring Kevin Kline and the wonderful Maggie Smith, which is set in Paris. It was on Netflix. A good friend recommended it some time ago.

I read Jamie Cat Callan's new release. Sometimes I think we now have the same information that endlessly goes around and around. Still, it's always good to have some reminders. I liked her comment about changing our ideas and trying something new.

I'm now reading "Ageless Beauty the French Way" by Clemence von Mueffling. She does seem to promote products by Clarins, but she also mentions Avene and La Roche-Posay.

By the way, I've recently finished a book called "Beyond Soap" by a Canadian dermatologist named Dr. Sandy Skotnicki. If you can find it in your library, it's worth a read. She highly recommends Avene, La Roche-Posay and BioDerma products for any skin problems. They're pretty much at the top of her list which makes me happy because I have been using La Roche-Posay for several months.

AnneNote: I have written about Avene, La Roche-Posay and BioDerma in Chic & Slim Toujours 2. They are highly popular with chic women in France — and elsewhere.

I also have "Bella Figura" from the library and look forward to starting that next. It seems that the newest thing for our health is to drink a tablespoon or two of good quality olive oil every day. I've tried it, and it isn't as icky as it sounds, but I haven't done it consistently enough to notice any changes.

We have an Impressionists exhibition at our art gallery until early September. A couple of books have been recommended for reading. I've read "The Judgment of Paris", which is about the decade leading up to the arrival of the Impressionists on the French art scene. Now I'm working on "The Private Lives of the Impressionists." Considering that they're history books, I'm finding them quite readable and am learning lots, including about the Paris Commune and the Communards. I also recently saw that there's a Berthe Morisot exhibition in Quebec City until September 23, I believe. It will also be traveling to two cities in the U.S.

Merci to Mimi and Kat for sharing the information. See you in September. — Anne Barone

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