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Jul132013

Toujours Espedaillac

 

I’ve been home for a week. I arrived late last Saturday night, after a long journey: pulling away from the little square with its church and winding road, driving past fields dotted with plump rolls of fresh cut hay, a train ride, a couple of long flights (a brief stop in Montreal) and then, dropping back down to earth again, in Vancouver.I   always have a thrill on that descent into Vancouver, in the luminous summer dusk, or in the winter when the jet circles over the delta and out to sea before turning into the southeaster to land. It is a beautiful place to come home to.

But of course, I wasn’t quite home. I caught a cab to the Sylvia, had a long sleep and a morning run along the seawall, before Kim arrived in Circadia and tied up at The Rowing Club, down the street. 

Didn’t actually get home home until Monday (by sail power); if you count the speed boat and the bicycle ride to our house at the end of the trip, I employed seven types of transport get home from France.

The week since has disappeared into taking care of travel aftermath (accumulated mail, laundry, recycling, gardening). 

For now, here are some images of the second week of our painting workshop. A special treat for me was having an old friend, Frances, along. She and her husband Paul took an illustrated journalling class from me a couple of years ago and have been doing some wonderful travel sketches (they travel to France every summer). You can read about Frances’ experience in Espedaillac (as well as many other interesting observations on family, career, art, fashion, opera...) on her blog Materfamilias Writes.

Frances and Paul

 Bev

Francie

HeatherJaneLaura

Pat

Zulis

Happy Chaos

and here is what they were painting:

 

 

I feel so lucky to have shared this time with all the students who joined Kelley and I this year. They were fun to be with, game for anything, and made some wonderful drawings and paintings. 

...coming soon: some images of student work...(still organizing my photos) 

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Looks like it was a beautiful trip, Alison!

July 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim Goldberg

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