Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Snow in November

The night before last, the Loiret (and nearby departments) got a lot of snow.  It even made the national news!  The news said it snowed up to 20 cm in some areas.  And some villages lost power.  Here in Orleans, the tram and the bus system weren't running.  The tram is sort of back up today, but my bus still isn't running.  My particular bus line frequents a lot of twisty-turny neighborhood streets, so I understand why it's not back up.  That does make it more complicated if I want to go to work tonight...

We were walking back from a friend's house last night and I wish I had had my camera so I could show you how ghostly beautiful the city was.  There was a heavy fog and the streets were deserted.  No cars.  The combination of the snow, the fog, the empty streets, and the play of the city lights made Orleans seem like a movie set.  But I didn't have my camera, so here are some pictures of the snow that I took around my apartment building during the day.

This is a view from my kitchen window.  You can see some fallen trees in the background; apparently, they couldn't support the weight of the snow.




I'm thinking of participating in Photo-a-Day with my friend Drew.  This weather is certainly giving me lots of opportunities to snap some shots.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Attic Treasures

When my husband lost his grandmother earlier this year, we went to Colmar to help clean out her attic.  She lived in an apartment, but had attic space for storage, and the attic space was quite large.  You could easily make a nice studio up there.  There are already nice windows on two sides; you'd just need running water and a little help with the rafters.  Needless to say, the attic was full to the brim with furniture, clothes, documents, pictures, and knick-knacks from several generations.  I was lucky enough to be able to pick out a few items to keep.  I should say 'we were lucky,' but T. just let me choose.

I didn't take any family memorabilia.  The photo albums and documents stayed in Alsace.  But I did take several vintage hats, her box of blue fabric scraps, two pairs of hand-knit socks, an old tin, and some feathers that could go with the hats.  Plus, a gorgeous hand-embroidered banner.  And, oh yes, a few books.

Here are some photos of the hats:


The ribbon on this brown one is not in very good shape, but otherwise it's held up well.


I'm not sure what to which decade these hats belong.  I could believe anywhere from the 20's through the 50's.  Perhaps someone has a better idea of the appropriate dates?




The fabric scraps: she has indicated that there are two boxes of blue scraps, but I only found one.




Here's a few patterns that caught my eye.  I imagine incorporating these scraps into a quilt some day.  Once I start quilting!





And here are the wonderfully elaborate socks, with the initials M.S.H at the top.  Unfortunately I don't know what M.S.H. stands for.  A relative, but I don't know who.  I am assuming that T.'s grandmother knit these, but I'm not sure.  I know she was a knitter and a crocheter because she left yarn at the house, along with a finished crochet coverlet.  I also claimed some yarn that I found in her attic, but I forgot to photograph that.  I'll save it for a future post.



The detail on these socks is amazing.  They seem to be sized for a small adult.





The tin and feathers:





The amazing banner, which I photographed on a snowy bush outside of our apartment.  The German roughly translates to: Sleep sweetly without worries.  Rejoice of the morning.  T. translated it; and he says he doesn't speak German.




And last, but not least: a few books.  The Max Gallo novels are decades younger than the previous items:


Plus a Milan Kundera:




We received quite a lot of snow here in the Loiret during the last 24 hours or so.  Some villages have lost power.  Luckily, we still have electricity here.  I did cancel class tonight though, as the car is stuck and the tram is not running.  I expect to post a few pictures of the snow tomorrow.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Beginning!

Every story must have a beginning, so here I go with the story of this blog:  I have been inspired by my friends, and by people who I've never met to start this project.  There is much truth and beauty out there in the world, and I aspire only to use this blog to help keep me inspired, active, and in touch with my own truth.  And maybe I'll post something of interest to others. 

I expect mainly to write about my crafting projects, and my life abroad, but I'll follow the blog where it leads me.  Hopefully I'll get some links and photos up soon; I'm still figuring out how this works.  So, off we go!