fêtes de mères

cammarguefamily2A Mother’s Day celebration in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, France. cialis coupon  A French tradition since 1950, May 25th, and an American tradition since 1914, May 10th. Mother’s Day originally dates back to the ancient Greeks who honored Rhea, mother of the gods, with a festival around the vernal equinox, the first days of spring. Modern Mother’s Day in the United States began as a day to unite all mothers against war.

unknown6The moment I met Jeanette Ducourneau I knew she’d been my mother in a past life.  Here we are, having known each other not more than 10 minutes, in front of the ruin I bought from her that would become my home in Ayzieu, France.

Jasmine & Wine Bath Mother’s Day Infusion

20 drops jasmine essential oil

1/2 bottle red wine

1 cup epsom salts

1/4 cup grape seed oil

Soak for 20 minutes and rinse.

The antioxidents in red wine help soothe and heal damaged skin while jasmine connotes grace and elegance.  The language of flowers, la langue des fleurs, the symbolic use of flowers and herbs dates back to antiquity.  Though most popular in medieval, renaissance and victorian periods, it is once again being used to help people express feelings which otherwise would not be spoken.


Artisan of May

Timothy Shelton is someone of exceptional talent. I have worked with him and his company, S & S Upholstery, for years.  Below are before and after photographs of some of his work, although they do not do his craftsmanship justice.  If you are ever in need of an upholsterer, please don’t hesitate to give him a call – (206) 478-4140.  







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