Archive for March, 2007

cat and me

Friday, March 30th, 2007

The house cat, who uses his claws to hang on to me. Don’t tell Jamaica.

permaculture is the same word in French

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

We were invited to a birthday party last night at the home of a young Frenchman and his girlfriend. It was a group of people who are very interested in getting back to the basics and preparing for a world that doesn’t use oil. They are engaged in activities such as permaculture, making their own food (e.g. bread in a wood oven), sewing their own leather sandals, etc.  They are interested in creating a “bio co-op”.
I present for you the website (in French) that was recommended to me  by the host

And an American take on how this kind of thing is “typically French” and affects the current presidential campaign. It is an opinion piece, and cynical, but intriguing nonetheless.
In France, candidates not only kiss babies, they kiss cows.

dog walk

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Here is a nice big picture of David with the 3 dogs. On the left you see the village cemetery, and behind him you see the train tracks. The train only runs in the summer now, and then it only runs once a day. It shuttles tourists now instead of lumber.

village life

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

How small is Saint-Alyre?  Well, it makes Fennville, Michigan look bustling.  The local school has 14 students, and one teacher.  The students take their lunch at the only restaurant in town, which is also the only pub.  About 2 minutes after the church bells chime noon, the 14 children line up in pairs and walk hand in hand the 100 meters down to the “Relais”.    This is the busiest the village center gets.  When school gets out at 2pm, their maitresse (teacher) opens and runs the post office for the couple hours it is open daily.

forest on a sunny day

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

One of the main industries in this area –besides mushrooms– is lumber. You can see the red paint that marks the tree for the tree cutters. (I don’t know if it means to keep the tree or cut it down).