France, Versailles

A very different walk today. Took the 171 bus directly to the palace of Versailles and spent the morning walking thru the elaborate gardens that once belonged to the kings of France. It is winter and the magnificent fountains are all shut-off for the season. The garden statues are wrapped to protect them from the weather, reminding me of the work of the contemporary artist Christo, who goes around “wrapping” the world’s monuments. But the walk itself is an enjoyable change. Continue Reading →

France, Parc de St. Cloud — Old Palace Grounds…

Back to the Parc de St. Cloud today, but it is colder, the air is clear and the sky is blue, creating a very different ambiance. There are no signs of the little red squirrels this time. Continue Reading →

France, Parc de St. Cloud — Meeting Mr. Red

Not that bright a day today, but much warmer than it has been here in France lately (it seems Europe is experiencing an extremely cold winter this year) and so I decided to go for a walk. While the Paris area is quite urban, there are a few very large parks on the edges of the city, and as we are located in Sevres, I chose to go wandering in the Parc de St. Cloud. Continue Reading →

The Garden: First Crocus

The 2012 gardening season is officially here — the first crocus has pushed its way up this morning, signaling “spring.” Time to start cleaning out the gardens and begin planning for planting! Big Weasel’s Garden will need lots of love this year to keep it blooming in her memory… I will do my best!

GARDEN: 27 FEB 2012