This & That: July 6, 2018

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The Lost Vintage: A Novel by Ann Mah

Released last month, The Lost Vintage tells the story of a woman who returns to her ancestral vineyard in Burgundy only to find a secret that her family would prefer to remain a secret since World War II. Attempting to become a sommelier, and having unsuccessfully taken the exam two previous times, it is the protagonist’s hope that by spending time on the vineyard, her luck will change. During her “tutorial” much more information about her family is revealed regarding what happened during the war as well as a bit of sleuthing to discover a few valuable bottles of wine.

The Dark Vineyard: A Novel of the French Countryside by Martin Walker

Another French vineyard mystery (since I am in France, pour quoi pas?) written by the author who as well lives in France and has a series many TSLL readers read and enjoy – Bruno, Chief of Police capers, brings a competition amongst winemakers and a dispute over what else – land. (Did you know he just released a new one last month? have a look here.)

New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living by Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici

Offering more than just ideas for organization, New Minimalism takes it a few steps further with the opportunity for self-reflection to better understand why we choose to accumulate the stuff we do, and the stuff we ultimately do not need.


Norma Nesting Trays (2)

I have been looking for years trays to use not only for decor, but also function as I love to place a course or a meal, or a selection of appetizers on a tray to carry from the kitchen as leave as it complements the table setting. While there are many to sort through on One King’s Lane, these two nesting trays are simple, affordable and highly functional.

Francophile Find

One King’s Lane French Pine Cutting Board, vintage

Yet another wonderful find on One King’s Lane are all of the many French vintage cutting boards, and this one caught my eye. Well-used, but unique in its design, if brocantes cannot come to us, why not hunt on One King’s Lane?


—Knife Rests

I shared in my IG Story on Sunday that I had picked up a set of knife rests – something we used daily during my week dining with Patricia Wells. Quite frequently found in shops and at throughout the Brocante Market in L’Isle sur la Sorgue, France certainly incorporates this simple detail into their place settings, and with good reason. A short history reveals that knife rests likely began being used in the 17th century by the ruling classes simply to help keep the linens clean as so many courses were being enjoyed. it makes sense, so I did some shopping for you. Shop here, here and take a look at these crystal knife restshere.


Amazon’s Annual Prime Day

No, it’s not Black Friday. No it’s not Alibaba’s Single Day, but it is becoming a day well-known for scooping up deals. This will be the fourth year that Amazon has had a Prime Day available only to Prime Members (shoppers who pay a $119/yr subscription and receive numerous benefits beginning with free two-day shipping, access to a large selection of music and movies and kindle books for free, etc.) So when is it?

Monday July 16th beginning at noon Pacific time, for one day only (except this year they are extending to 36 hours), Prime Members will have the opportunity to save money on items with lightening deals and especially on Amazon products (think Echo and Kindles, etc.) While I have never participated in it, I will be keeping my eye on it with the Amazon app regarding items I am interested in (learn more about how to set this up here.) Not a Prime Member and want to learn more? Click here.

Manebí Broderie anglaise wedge espadrilles, white

Chic, simple white. Often the cream or beige espadrilles are easy to find, but white is more difficult. Yes, they would be hard to keep clean, but they are canvas, and with a Tide-to-Go and carefully selecting the occasions you attend, you should be just fine.

Ralph Lauren Striped Linen Short, on sale

Having shorts, preferably linen shorts, is a great idea in the summer for lazy, leisurely days hanging around the house, and these Ralph Lauren shorts are timeless and available at a good price.

Ralph Lauren Linen Eyelet Maxi Dress, on sale

One more great price on a quality item that will most likely be worn year after year is a simple white eyelet dress. It certainly caught my eye as it is made of linen and would be perfect for the hot weather many east coasters are currently experiencing and the rest of the country will be sooner or later.

~recipe for Grilled Zucchini Ribbons with Pesto and White Beans~

I am officially a fan of white beans (see above in Smitten Kitchen‘s recipe).  Having enjoyed them as one of the star ingredients in Patricia Wells’ Pistou soup, as well as in a white bean salad I made last week (see here) which were simmered in chicken broth and a bay leaf and tossed with a pesto, I am finding them quite frequently here in France at the markets and am hoping to see them in the states as well (but I have heard it is more difficult). Either way, doesn’t that salad look scrumptious and perfect for a summer dining occasion?

Today I am popping down to Aix-en-Provence for the first time in my life. Yes, that Aix where Paul Cezanne spent much of his painting days, and yes, the setting for M.L. Longworth’s Provençal mystery series (be sure to take a look at my Instagram IG Stories as I have a surprise for you!). Mary Lou joined me on the podcast earlier this year (episode #203) and offered a glimpse of her life in Provence. If you haven’t yet, have a listen; it was a fun conversation and quite insightful. (In fact, the sandals I have been wearing nearly the entire time while traveling in France were here recommendation.)

Already we find ourselves in July, and the days hopefully for everyone are more leisurely, even if they are a bit warmer. I have been enjoying immensely exploring the Provence region these past two weeks, but mostly slowing down, relaxing and just being here. I do hope you have a wonderful weekend, and be sure to stop by on Monday when there will be a new episode of the podcast recorded right here in Provence! Below I have compiled many different articles, quite a few for the Francophiles who stopped by, as well as a worthwhile video. Until then, bonne journée!

~Some helpful tips for reducing stress if traveling by plane this summer

~The Good Life France shares 5 Villages to Fall in Love with in Provence, and having been to two of the five in the past week, I would agree thus far!

~One of the five villages is spotlighted in this New York Times article – When You Dream of Provence, You Dream of This Town (having been there on Wednesday, I would have to agree)

~Decor Inspiration from the French countrysidecultivated by two Parisian creatives.

~Driving in France? Or will be soon? Speed limits across the country have just been reduced as of July 1st. Learn more here.

~Wine in France? Bien sur! So why not learn how to Order Wine Like a Sommelier (or at least fake it)?

~Respect and honors were paid to a woman to know in French culture, history and politics – Simone Veil.

~One of my favorite journalist and authors living in France writes about a Facebook Invite to a French Châteauin this week’s New Yorker.

Highly recommend this video for anyone in this quandary or firmly clear about their decision. Marie Forleo tactfully expresses how we will know and how to better communicate with women about their decision, because it is their decision.

~THIS & THAT posts from the Archives 1 week, 1 month, 1 year ago and 2 years ago:

~June 29, 2018

~June 8, 2018

~July 7, 2017

~July 7, 2016

3 thoughts on “This & That: July 6, 2018

  1. That’s a lovely article about Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, but … they didn’t mention the Roman ruins (I spent an entire day there, but I’m an archaeology nut…we went to the Pont de Gard later and it was more heaven) nor the table d’hôte run by 92-year-old Lolo, a character straight out of a Pagnol movie, from his troglodyte house.

  2. Fabulous video with Forleo! Like her, I’ve known ever since I was a child myself that I didn’t want kids. I’ve also spent most of my adult life being told by other people that I “should” have them, that I’d regret not having them, that I’m not complete as a woman without them (eyeroll) etc & so on. It wasn’t always easy — not wanting children meant not marrying a man I loved because I knew he DID want them. But I’ve just turned 60 & have never regretted my decision even once. With the political climate in the US these days leaning heavily toward the authoritarians trying to force their reproductive choices onto women (will we never get past this crap??), I think it’s more important than ever for all of us to support each other in our life choices — ALL our choices. Thanks for the link!

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