Summer days

Jours d’été.
Summer days

English version below the pictures .

Qu’il était doux le temps de Juillet!. Après un printemps pluvieux, nous avons eu un Juillet ensoleillé et chaud.

Pour la première fois, nous avons mangé à l’extérieur le 20 Juillet au soir. Nous avions avec nous deux enfants, Jean-Baptiste et Isabelle, et  leur famille : 11 personnes et 2 chiens!.Tout le monde a participé à la préparation et au service du repas. La table était au milieu de  la pelouse. Nous avions le sentiment d’être en pleine  nature, les haies étaient les murs, les arbres étaient les meubles et le soleil brillait d’une lumière ardente. La conversation était joyeuse. Les jumeaux jouaient dans l’herbe.


Open air supper   Souper en plein air  July 20 2016

  How sweet was  the weather of July.! After a rainy spring we got a sunny and hot July.

For the first time we ate outside on July 20 at night. We had two children, Jean-Baptiste and Isabelle, and their family ; 11 people and 2 dogs! Everyone  participated to the preparation and to the service of the meal  . The table was at the middle on the lawn. We had the feeling to be in the nature, hedges were the walls, the trees were  the furnitures and the sun provided an ardent light . The conversation was joyful. The twins were playing in the grass.

Le temps passa rapidement et il faisait vraiment nuit quand nous avons célébré le 16e anniversaire de notre petite-fille Manon.



Manon blows the candle 16years old ! Manon souffle la bougie de dses 16 ans

A la fin du mois notre fille Véronique avec notre petite-fille Clara est venue deux fois avant après ses vacances en Bretagne. Elle était heureuse de raconter son séjour près d’un port célèbre ( Paimpol ) par ses pêcheurs qui naviguaient jusqu’à  Terre Neuve et l’Islande au XIXe siècle et au début du XXe pour pêcher la morue. Dure vie ! . Elle a demandé d’aider au jardin  et une fois de plus elle et Clara ont fait lesempiternel désherbage des framboisiers

Bien sûr, nous avons été attristés par les attentats terroristes en France en Juillet, mais nous avons aussi à célébrer l’amour quand nous pouvons le faire.


Veronique ( on the left ) and her daughter Clara weeding the raspberries bushes July 31 2016

At the end of the month our daughter Véronique with our granddaughter Clara came twice: before and after her vacation in Britany . She were happy to relate her stay near a harbor famous ( Paimpol) by the fishers who sailed to Terre Neuve ( Newfoundland Island) and  Iceland at the XIX century and beginning of the XXth to fish cod. Hard life ! . She asked to help to the gardening and once more made the sempiternal weeding of the raspberry bushes

Of course we were saddened by the terrorist attacks in France in July but we had also to celebrate love when we can do it




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52 Responses to Summer days

  1. Heartafire says:

    Such a beautiful scene Michel, lovely family gathering in summertime, it really warms my heart. You live among such beauty it is breathtaking. May you and yours and your lovely nation remain safe always. Love, ❤

  2. blb1 says:

    Ah Michel to be able to have family gather around and enjoy the outside! It does bring back some memories at visit to our Aunt’s house in the summer.

  3. Humor_Me_Now says:

    I love your family and home. Beautiful. You are blessed, Michel!!

    I hurt when France is attacked by these dreadful terrorists. Awful. How will the nations of the world stop them?



  4. What a nice way to enjoy a family dinner. I agree that life goes on and we have to celebrate it.

  5. A beautiful plein air picture of a loving family on a July evening. This July has been like a microcosm of Charles Dickens’ “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….” usually one of the nicest times of the year, in terms of weather. ( And I think of my blogger friends who live in Australia and New Zealand—July is the very coldest month of the winter for them! ) Contrasts….opposites….terrorist attacks…..beautiful suppers under the sky….and hope always to come down on the side of love.

    • You are right , Cynthia. July has been a very contrasted month for the least . How much I like your words : “…and hope always to come down on the side of love .”

  6. jstnotherday says:

    Greetings Michel,
    Summer days and summer daze? 🙂

    I want to know your secret for getting family to gather.
    Amazing, wonderful, lovely…. I love a summer picnic… gathering in the out of doors.
    The twins are growing so fast… children grow so fast. We see this more as grandparents when we are not the ones doing the day to day work of the raising of the children. 🙂

    Ah, was it a birthday gathering? Sweet 16! How joyful. Happy birthday Manon. ❤
    and happy summer to you.

    • It was a birthday gathering for a part . The other child and her children was there because she wanted to be with us.. My wife Janine is very welcoming and share a lot with her children even if she is tired at this moment.

  7. cocosangel says:

    That looks like a wonderful get together. Yes, we have only the summer days to enjoy outdoors. 🙂

  8. Tree says:

    Love goes on, life goes on. I am glad you are enjoying your summer. That looks like a very nice meal. 🙂

  9. mrswrangler says:

    Looks like a good family time.

  10. What a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing your wonderful family time

  11. Happy 16th Birthday to Manon! 🙂 Celebrating birthdays is such fun! 🙂

    Oh, children and dogs really know how to enjoy summer! It’s fun to follow their lead and play in the grass, or have a picnic, or chase fireflies, or play tag at sundown, or eat ice cream, etc! 🙂
    Glad your family had such a sweet time together…making beautiful memories! 🙂 I love your poetic description of your nature “dining room”, Michel! 🙂

    Did any flies join you?! I hope not! 🙂

    We, too, were very shocked and saddened by the terrorist attacks in France. We mourned with you, Dear Friend. 😦

    (((HUGS))) and hope your August is wonderful! 🙂

  12. PS…How is Janine feeling? I’ve continued to pray for her.

  13. mcbery says:

    Love, love those summer days. They go by quickly. Too quickly. Blessings on your summer days, Michel! 🙂

  14. suester7 says:

    What a lovely meal with loved ones in a very lovely setting too!

  15. Cath Singapore Girl says:

    How very nourishing for the soul! I feel happy looking at the photographs. God bless them!

  16. mlbncsga says:

    Mornin Glorie! What a beautiful sight, you have been blessed with a loving and lovely family! Happy Birthday to Manon and best wishes to Janine on her hip injections. Also I think the children are very content to play in the yard, being watched and cared for by the elders and the dogs. Life is Good!!! ilym

  17. Fauquet Carole says:

    Belle entrée , ça fait une sacrée tablée.bon après midi on vous embrasse

  18. mimiwi2013 says:

    It is wonderful to get together, no matter when. The children grow up so very quickly—in a flash for us grandparents. Manon is 16? Amazing. I remember pictures of her from Xanga, when she was just a little girl. I always loved her name. It is one not seen here in the U.S.. I am saddened by the Bastille Day occurrence also. There is no “safe” place in the world anymore—thanks to these horrible terrorists. I am praying that the injections will help Janine a lot to relieve her pain.

    • I understand you are amazed by the quick and beautiful change of Manon. We are too ! 🙂 But it is the same for our 15 granchildren. The oldest is 29!! 🙂 and the two youngest, the twins are 4 years old this month.
      Janine has to wait for the injections : Doctor in vacation . First appointment for that August 27 ..Thanks to ask , Nancy.

      • mimiwi2013 says:

        Yes, the grandchildren DO seem to grow up quicker than our own children did. Of course that is because we do not see them every day. Our oldest grandchild will be 33 in November, and the youngest will be 8 this month (granddaughter, Catalina, born on the bus when oldest son spent 3 yrs. on the road). Your 15 have about the same difference in ages as our 13 do. And all have such unique, but great, personalities! You, Janine, Ken and myself have truly been blessed with our families, haven’t we??? ❤

  19. cerwindoris says:

    It was so nice to see your family.

  20. Please wish Manon a belated happy 16th birthday! How wonderful to have so many of your family there for the event! Your outdoor supper looks very festive! Family time is always the best time!

    I hope you also had a wonderful visit with Veronique and Clara! Did they get to eat some raspberries while they were weeding? We had quite a few raspberries from our plants a few weeks ago and we should get another picking in a couple of weeks.

  21. Isabel Capillas says:

    Lovely, lovely pictures. They showed much love and warmth surrounding a big family. Thank you for sharing, Uncle Michel. Stay safe and happy always.❤❤❤

  22. Marion says:

    Beautiful post, Michel! You are the eternal optimist, and I love that. Really lovely family gathering photos, and what a pretty place you have there. Hard to believe Manon is now 16 years old! I really like her name, a lovely, name to suit a lovely girl! Thanks for sharing with us, Michel. ❤

  23. Zakiah says:

    Horrible tragedy for France, and you were in my thoughts. But we have to always get up and start walking again. The supper in the outdoors is very calming. How good that the children and grandchildren could come and spend a special evening with you all.

  24. Yes, celebrate love when you can.
    I love eating outside and gardens. Thank you so much for sharing your moments.
    The tragedy was horrible for France. Our thoughts remain with you.

  25. What a wonderful celebration of love ❤

  26. judyrutrider says:

    Just when I think that I have nothing to share, you post something like this and I just love it. I forget that people are just naturally interested in other people’s lives and I should document the little things, if not for the reading pleasure of others, then for my own memories.
    And yes, the dogs lend a special interest for me. They are second to horses.

  27. L. Marie says:

    Belles photos, Michel! So lovely to see your family together.
    Praying for France. We’re all sad when these attacks happen.

  28. Connie T says:

    Sounds like good times. I love your garden.

  29. marica0701 says:

    Manon is 16?! My goodness, how time flies!

    I wish my father would be more open to eating dinners outside when the weather is cooler and nice. Your photos look so loving and joyous.

  30. neilc693 says:

    Marvelous pictures of the garden and the family, as usual (and with this post it’s both in one). The wildflowers in the berry patch catch my eye. They look like they may be hollyhocks .
    The entire world seems to be going insane these days. Things are quite weird here in the states. We have to keep tending to our own gardens, though, so to speak.

    • “We have to keep tending to our own gardens”. Those are the word of Voltaire at the end of his book” Candide “. You are right we live a dangerous time but we have to reject hatred .
      Yes it is hollyhock you saw in the garden . I like very much this flower.
      I visited your site but it is ancient and I ahave been unable to reply also on your page .

  31. How are you and Janine doing this week, Michel?
    Prayers, ❤ , and (((HUGS))) for both of you! 🙂

  32. Larry says:

    Lovely family photos, Michel, and a very happy 16th birthday to Manon! It’s great to see everyone having a great time together during these summer days! And what amazing stories Veronique and Clara shared with you of their travels, I am sure! Best wishes to you and everyone there!

  33. Ahh dear Michel so heart-warming to see your beautiful family together again!! That’s how all families should be- enjoying each other’s company. Bless you all and France too. I am glad I finally can catch up a bit in your blogs! Much love!😍Ang

  34. AM says:

    Un été béni!
    Magnifiques images et réunion de famille!

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