Living Life to the Fullest                       September 2008
in this issue
Need a good laugh?
Wine in the Streets
Our Fall Recipe
Dream Jobs in France
Last but not least...
Opportunity knocks- your own vacation rental in France
Need a good laugh?
Ok, my fellow male Francophiles and world citizens- you'll have to forgive me if the laugh's on you!
A married couple, in their early 60s, were celebrating their 32nd wedding anniversary at a quiet, romantic little restaurant.
Suddenly, a tiny beautiful Fairy appeared on their table and said, "For being such an exemplary married couple, and especially this time, I will grant you each a wish."
"Oh," said the wife, "I want to travel around the World with my darling husband."
The fairy waved her magic wand; and - poof! - two tickets for the Queen Mary II luxury liner and $10,000.00 appeared in her hands.
Then it was the husband's turn.
He thought for a minute, then said, "Well, this is all very romantic, but an opportunity like this will never come again, so I'm going with my mind and not my heart.  I'm sorry my love, but my wish is to have a wife 30 years younger than me."
The wife and the Fairy were shocked and disappointed.
But a wish is a wish.
So the Fairy waved her magic wand, and -Poof! - the husband became 92 years old.

The Moral of the story:
Men who are ungrateful morans should remember; Fairies are Female.

 Wine in the streets
by Ginny Blackwell



If you happen to be staying in the Languedoc right now, it's likely that you can smell the September grape crush running in the streets! As the vintners transport their crush, coming from the harvest to the Wine Cooperative, the musty scent of earth, sunshine, and  Carignan, Syrah, or Grenache greets you. How good does it get? 

The lucky owners of Maison Bleue, Robert and Nan Mosley of Fredricksburg, are  at their house in Quarante this September and having a blast. I hope they will sign up for a "Repas Vigneron"  or the "Winemaker's Dinner" at nearby Coteaux de Berlou. Here they'll taste wine from a traditional harvest, accompanied by the best of Languedoc cuisine.  For reservations: 04 67 89 58 58.

Fall 2008 Recipe
Veronique's chateau
Sometimes guys can be pretty cute. Dale brought home this eggplant from our local summer marketplace announcing that he'd found Cyrano de Bergerac. Isn't that a hoot!
  Read on for Fall recipe


Dream Opportunities in France, Oregon, and Hawaii

Tumalo Farms
How many times have you said to yourself about someone who has a dream job:  "They're so lucky to be doing exactly what they love for a living!"  I, for one,  have had this thought. For example there is a man I know who offers cycling tours in France.

His name is Jim Wilson and he's involved in photography and cycling tours in France. I met Jim one sunny day in summer 2007 while he was looking at our barge for sale, La Tulipe. Jim was leading a cycling tour for bicycleadventureclub.org, a   non-profit, bicycle touring club for serious cyclists run by its 1,500 volunteer members. For a list of scheduled 2008 tours, read on.

Les Fromages d'Oregon
Just so you know that awesome dawsome mouthwatering cheese can be found this side of the pond, plan to visit Tumalo Farms Artisan Cheeses in Bend, Oregon where they take cheese-making a l'americaine to new heights: www.tumalofarms.com.  If you've never been there, this part of Eastern Oregon is a treat for your senses. As soon as you cross the timberline heading east from the Cascade mountains, the smell of wild juniper and sage jumps out at you. Suddenly there is a desert dryness to the air and a clarity of light we don't find in the Willamette Valley.
We have a new orignal art work at Maison Bleue- Dans le Jardin
Dans le Jardin
Julie Houck- Plein Air Artist
Hawaii & France

"How does one capture the emotionality of what one sees? How does one put the essence into the painting?"


Opportunity Knocks- Your own vacation rental in France
tulipe summer 07
One of you
is going to read this and realize that owning a 135m2, 3 bedroom, 3 bath furnished barge as a floating vacation house is, well, an incredible idea! 
Would you need to have a captain's licence? No  Move La Tulipe to have waterfront property? No. Be the envy of all your landlocked friends?  Yes!
Where in the world is life more bucolic, the community of boaters more "sympathique" and the price more right ( 185,000 euros- furnished!) than in Capestang, France aboard La Tulipe?
I'm not talking about the mechanics of barging down a canal. I'm talking about a permanently moored liveaboard house which you could live on or rent out or create a Bed and breakfast for income.
Also, imagine a situation where you could pay to have a captain move your home to a new waterway in Bruge next year.  Think about mooring in Paris or Eastern Europe. The possibilities are endless~
Hurry- our barge will not last long at this reduced price- 180K euros down from 215,000!  (001) 585 905-0849

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Ginny Blackwell   phone: (001) 585 905-0849 email: fpshares@gmail.com