On a cold snowy day as today I feel like staying under a duvet in my bed. When I was a young girl, we didn't have duvets at home but eiderdowns, without seams to make them flat so big eiderdowns, and so warm. I remember that sometimes the end of a feather was appearing through the fabric and I couldn't help pulling it. And the mattress was not hard so, after a few years, we had our "hole" in the middle, so cosy.
The bed we saw last summer in Ferme Duval in Vaudémont near Sion was older than the one I had, but made me think about it. In fact we found one similar to this one in our old house when we bought it. It was not far from the open chimney, in a room in the middle of the house getting light from a skylight on the roof (une flamande as we call it here). The mattress was filled with maize leaves ! The bed was such in a bad state that it couldn't be kept.
I appreciate my "modern" bed (my back even more than me) but I am sure these old beds were really appreciated at a time there was no central heating in houses, with long and cold winters.
I should have called this article Snow at week ends in Lorraine. Snow is falling for the second time this winter near Nancy and it happens just when our week end starts.
We saw the first flakes this morning, around 11 am here, and it stopped about two hours later, with between one and two inches of snow on the ground. And it has been snowing again, for one hour, but more slowly, more gently.
People are advised to drive carefully but we are not on an amber warning. Ski resorts in the Vosges are happy with this weather, and in the "flat" part of Lorraine. Children enjoy it too, adults maybe a bit less.
After a tiring beginning of January, it is relaxing to watch snow falling, to appreciate this white colour everywhere. I will have to feed birds : robins, great tits and blue tits mainly and one black bird coming very early in the morning before all the others. Our dog will roll in the snow and I will have to clean the pavement in front of the house. The usual winter routine.
Last summer, when we visited Vézelise, we entered Saint Côme et Saint Damien church, it was the first time for me. I was surprised to discover a beautiful church, I had not imagined this as it was built during the 15th century and is now surrounded by so many houses that it is a bit difficult to see the whole building at once.
First I saw the organs. Not all churches in Lorraine have got such a big musical instrument. We didn't get the opportunity to listen to it. It used to be in Beaupré abbey near Bayon and was moved to Vézelise in 1792. It was restored several times, the last one in 2007 when a concert was organized to celebrate the end of the work on this instrument.
Then we walked near gravestones on the floor and standing against the walls. I think we see more recumbent effigies in our churches than gravestones looking like drawings, but I could be wrong. This picture shows Antoinette de Thiaucourt who died in 1597. I like her dress, not as simple as a lot of recumbent effigies but also looking like a child drawing.
I must also speak about the stained glasses. They are really beautiful. The ones who are interested can find pictures of them quite easily on Internet and explanations about them.
I quite enjoyed thinking again about our walk in Vézelise by writing this article. That day was relaxing and sunny. I feel I miss warmer days and would like this winter to finish, a lot of us would like it, wouldn't we ?
I had planned an article and wanted to publish it yesterday but the last events in France made me change my mind.
I don't read Charlie Hebdo for different reasons, I don't see it on display in the shop where I buy my magazines and I don't always agree with the way it is written BUT I can't accept people to be killed because of what they write or draw. There are other ways to show you disagree.
Freedom for the press is important. If it didn't exist, maybe this blog wouldn't exist either. Freedom to write, to publish, to broadcast, to let people know what happens in the world.
The answer to these murders today in France is unity. Unity to defend journalists, to support policemen, to make a difference between Muslims and terrorists using a religion to kill people.
The motto of France is Liberté, égalité, fraternité (Liberty, equality, fraternity). Yesterday liberty was hurt and all French people seem to react and defend this main value of our country.
Don't let terrorists take this liberty and our lives.
First of all, I wish you a Happy New Year. May 2015 be healthy (with a good health, we can do everything), busy (with a job, it is easier) and joyful (smiles and laughs make our days, don't they?)
I have thought about New Year's tradition and the first thing which came to my mind was le calendrier du facteur (the postman's calendar). Each year, and especially in villages, the postman or postwoman offers a calendar and we give him/her a bit of money to thank him/her for the good job done.
We have to choose one in a pile. Cats, dogs, birds, flowers, beaches, mountains, typical villages... are on display. This year I took one with old pictures of bicycles and bikes on one side and cars and campers on the other side.
The outside of the calendar gives us at one glance the months, saint of the day, moon, seasons. The inside is even more interesting : saints' day in alphabetical order, marriage anniversaries (from one year - cotton - to 80 years - oak), a map of France, another of the whole world, the list of towns and villages of our département with a detailed map of it, maps of the centers of Lunéville, Toul, Nancy (the whole town), Longwy, the times when sun and moon rise and set, and a small calendar for 2016. On top of this, we also discover a long article about pollution in houses, about how to save money when heating the house and about an organic way of gardening.
Who said the postman's calendar is not useful ? I would not do without it.