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Pas de nouvelles, pas de nouvelles September 9, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 11:02 pm


What an insane week it’s been at Le Château: I am back at work after a whole summer off, Cat Daddy has been away on business and is preparing to go again next week, we’ve had a dead mouse in the bathroom and Le Roi’s booster jabs were due today.

But the one piece of great news is that, because Louis Catorze is not any medication at the moment, he was able to go to our local vet and have a standard vaccine, rather than enduring a 90-minute round trip to the rescue centre vet for the special non-live vaccine that only they can supply. Until now he’s had to have that because Atopica isn’t compatible with standard booster injections and so, unsurprisingly, I opted for the 90-minute round trip rather than risk a freakishly psycho FrankenRoi. It feels like a luxury not to have to do that anymore.


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Behind the scenes: Francelle Bradford White, on writing Andree’s War.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 10:53 pm

The World’s Ride

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 4:48 pm

Steve McCurry Curated

The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.
– William Saroyan

West Bengal, India West Bengal, India

Kabul, Afghanistan Kabul, Afghanistan

The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man.
Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish.
Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.
– Iris Murdoch

Indonesia Indonesia

China China

Bicycle Haiku
Wheels  carried me from
Youth to middle to old age
Never complaining.
– Kay Earle

Angkor Wat, Cambodia Angkor, Cambodia

Rajasthan, India Rajasthan, India

The first real grip I ever got on things
Was when I learned the art of pedaling
– Seamus Heaney

Bangladesh Bangladesh

Morocco Morocco

My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles.
They both move people forward without wasting anything.
The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.
– Peter Golkin

Mali, Africa Mali, Africa

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.
– President John F. Kennedy

Kabul, Afghanistan Kabul, Afghanistan

Cuba Cuba

Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope…

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First Day Of School

Filed under: Family,School — Janet @ 3:33 pm

img_1216  Here they come lead by their big sister – the bus was late leading to a bit of a scramble when it finally arrived at the school

img_1217  where in this scrum of adults and little people were the teachers leading the lines for first and second grade?

img_1218  a last hug from mum

img_1219  Is mum ecstatic?  Mixed emotions!



A Sad Gathering Of Friends

Filed under: Churches,Friendship,Milestones — Janet @ 12:24 pm

taney-clergy  Clergy at Taney Church Dundrum Dublin Ireland

Present and former clergy members were gathered for the funeral of a long serving member, colleague and friend, Audrey Harrison.

Taney was my church for many years while we lived in Dublin.


Tribute to Tolstoy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 11:55 am

Cafe Book Bean

imagesBorn today September 9th 1828
Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy
(Usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy) was a Russian aristocrat and one of the world’s most preeminent writers. Tolstoy become famous through his epic novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina.

“We can know only that we know nothing.
And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.” (
War and Peace)

Tolstoy’s fictional work includes: dozens of short stories and several novellas such as The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Family Happiness, and Hadji Murad. He also wrote plays and numerous philosophical essays.

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” (
Anna Karenina)

Towards the end of his life, Leo Tolstoy became increasingly interested in a version of pacifist Christianity with support for a strand of anarchist Communism. His exposition of pacifism and non-violence had a profound influence…

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