I've made a big decision: I'm leaving France!
BUT. Of course, France is really doing her best, now that my mind is made up, to woo me back. She's rolling out the right weather (my ideal, in fact: Hot, humid, and sunny), for starters, which encourages everyone to put on their fun hats again and start making merry. 'Tis, at long, long last, the season of open-window dinner parties, cool drinks at terrace cafes, and festive picnics with food, drink, and good company aplenty.
|A lotus-and-guppy garden.|
Today, the gorgeous Emily of Paris Paysanne hosted an afternoon picnic at her community garden, which happens to be the coolest thing going in all of northwest Paris. The jardin started more than a decade ago with one "squatter"--a renegade green thumb who saw a fine patch of unused city property beside some abandoned railway tracks and decided to grow stuff on it. Today, it's a legit operation funded by the City of Paris and run by an association called Les Amis des Jardins du Ruisseau.
|Ten points if you can spot the kale in this photo.|
Today's gathering included a few bloggers like Emma from Burnt Cream, Kristen from The Kale Project, and my wonderful friend Terresa from La Cucina di Terresa. I'm going to miss these gatherings of smart, interesting, accomplished women (and men) when I'm gone. I think today's lesson, if there was one, is not to pine for losses yet to come, but to really make the most of all this city has to offer while I'm still here. I'm doing that, beginning today!
|Emily''s an up-and-coming author who's specialty is Paris markets and organic cooking. I can't wait for her first book!|
|No one fully understood what the chicken story was, but I can tell you they are extremely cute and woolly, and really into personal hygiene.|
|One of my favorite Parisians, the lovely and talented Terresa of La Cucina di Terresa.|
|Shady tables, murals, greenery, and nice people=best community garden EVER.|