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Some people might think I’m ridicilous but this is just a quick shot of how I came through the memorial evening of Michael Jackson… together with my niece, the Kleenexbox was too small, and even at the end my son, Bart, was sobbing on the couch, realizing one of his big idols had left this world. Together we were singing « Man in the Mirror », and very much into all the songs and beautiful words that have been said.

crying over MJ

Stevie Wonder’s performence was, in my eyes, the most beautiful one ; « I never Dreamed you would leave in summer », take a look here :

I won’t go into the argument about « who’s bad »… I loved Michael Jackson, his life, his carreer, his music, the lyrics he could write, about the human nature, the world… it all meant a lot to me, I am deeply touched by his death.

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You have always been in my life, your music helped me, comforted me, brought me joy, tears and hapiness. My first record ever, bought with my own money, was « Ben »… and all your music lingers on, I will never go anywhere without you! Goodbye Michael, Thank you!

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Two of my idols, Yann Arthus Bertrand, one of world’s biggest photographers, and Luc Besson, again, one of world’s biggest filmmakers and producers, are associated in this wonderful movie which will start all over the world on June 5th, the entry will be free in every theater, everybody should go and see it !

HOME ! Click on this and you will be able to discover the website of the whole adventure on this movie, click on « video » while you visit the site so you can see an english version of the trailer I show here in french.

The planet is our home, let’s not become homeless by destroying it !

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easter-weekend-016Things have been very busy lately, all our clients arrive for Easter or at the end of april, so houses to be opened, to be cleaned, pools clean and warm, gardens tidy, cars working, etc…

Three new clients in a few days, that was boosting us to go on because crisis is hanging over our heads like for everybody else. Lucky our clients still have to « maintain » their second homes so we won’t be out of business but paying gets a little « slower », our invoices are somewhat kept on hold… but we can’t complain !

Today, as I am writing, rain comes down again, awfull, because we have many leaks in our roof at home, several rooms, living and kitchen are filled with buckets to catch the fload !

Our friend, gardener, went up the roof the other day to check on « real bad tiles », well, he confirms that just 10% on the roof is ok, the rest is all broken, all just pieces of tiles left so no wonder it rains in the house when Mrs Nature pees all over !

We decided to get legal help for our house problems, our Landlord doesn’t want to hear or do something, so we will. We offered him to buy his house a few years ago, he declined our offer (which was much more than the exact value) so now he probably will have to make decisions once our lawyer will go after him.

Last weekend we had a great time, Easter ofcourse, but Philippe turned 40 ! We had a lovely Easterlunch, Foie Gras (Ph favorite, and homemade by Romain), a huge leg of Lamb, wonderful cheeses and a  chocolate cake with a Philadelphia icing on top (not rich at all….) made by Michaela and Dorine ! We managed to put 40 candles on it, it worked out perfect, he blew all of them in one time !!easter-weekend-054

 

Since a few weeks we are keeping a little doggy ( a friend who needed to go into hospital asked us to keep her sometime) and she, this lovely little Beagle puppy (10 months) decided to destroy half of our belongings… just to mention one ; the Charles Eames… she actually ate the leather on both sides…. the list would be too long of what she destroyed but she is such a lovely dog that we forget (not about that Eames tho’… our living room now is completely awfull !!!) 1304009-003

Philippe is training her, we don’t know when she will go back to her owner (if ever she will, because he might decide to leave her with us… like he did with Pablo, our Golden Retriever…)

I must admit she is fun, but it confirms I would never choose a little dog, I miss our Paquerette (Berner Sennen) very much, together with Pablo they are the two dogs I prefer and that I  grew up with, we’ve had so many of these breeds, now having this little dog in the house, it confirms that it makes me a little nervous. I keep on looking for her, she barks and runs around the house, I am not quite used to it, but I probably will have too (I’m just getting old hahaha).

I have many other things to say but need to do a little work, this was a quick update, I’ll try to get back soon ! xoxo

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Bien coquins nos écrivains  
LETTRE DE GEORGE SAND À ALFRED DE MUSSET !
A lire du début à la fin pour comprendre l’humour de cette lettre!

Je suis très émue de vous dire que j’ai
bien compris l’autre soir que vous aviez
toujours une envie folle de me faire
danser. Je garde le souvenir de votre
baiser et je voudrais bien que ce soit
là une preuve que je puisse être aimé
par vous. Je suis prête à montrer mon
affection toute désintéressée et sans cal-
cul, et si vous voulez me voir aussi
vous dévoiler sans artifice mon âme
toute nue, venez me faire une visite.
Nous causerons en amis, franchement.
Je vous prouverai que je suis la femme
sincère, capable de vous offrir l’affection
la plus profonde comme la plus étroite
en amitié, en un mot la meilleure preuve
que vous puissiez rêver, puisque votre
âme est libre. Pensez que la solitude où j’ha-
bite est bien longue, bien dure et souvent
difficile. Ainsi, en y songeant j’ai l’âme
grosse. Accourez donc vite et venez me la
faire oublier par l’amour où je veux me
mettre.

MUSSET S’EMPRESSA DE REPONDRE :

Quand je mets vos pieds un éternel hommage,
Voulez-vous qu’un instant je change de visage ?
Vous avez capturé les sentiments d’un coeur
Que pour vous adorer forma le Créateur.
Je vous écris, amour, et ma plume en lire
Couche sur le papier ce que je n’ose dire.
Avec soin de mes vers lisez les premiers mots :
Vous saurez quel remède apporter mes maux.

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Romantique n’est-ce pas ?
Maintenant relisez la lettre de Sand une ligne sur 2…
Et les premiers mots de chaque ligne de celle de Musset.
Tout ceci est authentique, comme quoi ils se marraient bien au XIXe siecle!

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Irelands Call

Tomorrow 6 nations rugbycompetition starts again, starts off with Ireland-France, and one of the things I always love to hear and sing out loud is « Irelands Call » :

Come the day and come the hour
Come the power and the glory
We have come to answer
Our Country’s call
From the four proud provinces of Ireland

Chorus

Ireland, Ireland,
Together standing tall
Shoulder to shoulder
We’ll answer Ireland’s call

2

From the mighty Glens of Antrim
From the rugged hills of Galway
From the walls of Limerick
And Dublin Bay
From the four proud provinces of Ireland
(Chorus)

3

Hearts of steel
And heads unbowing
Vowing never to be broken
We will fight, until
We can fight no more
For the four proud provinces of Ireland
Sung by the Irish rugbyteam it brings out a lot of emotions but here is another version with the Celtic Thunder :

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