Thursday, September 30, 2010

Lavender and Linen


It's spring in Australia and I start my annual spring holiday today. I cant remember when it all startedvfor me, but I have an inbuilt need to have time off in September. I don't do the same thing every year, last year I was in India. For the next 10 days I will be doing a couple of different things here in Australia (saving money for France next year) which include going with my man to see Cadel Evans racing for world championship (cycling) in Geelong, Victoria. Then I'm going to have some time on my own, volunteering through the Willing Workers on Organic Farms (wwoof) scheme at a yoga retreat in a gorgeous town in Victoria's Spa district. Then I am off to do a training course for my other volunteer life as a rescue worker. I'm really looking forward to it all. But I apologise now, I doubt there'll be much blogging in the next 2 weeks.

So a little book review before I forget - I read Henrietta Taylors Lavender and Linen. This is, at least, her second book about life as an Australian in France... how could I not read this? In her first book, which is called 'Verve Taylor' or 'Escaping' she describes the painful experience of losing her husband to cancer and deciding to move from the gorgeous northern suburbs of Sydney, to a small village in Provence. I loved that book then so could resist this one. It's about how she's established a successful B&B business in Provence and raising her 2 children in a foreign country. She's very funny at times with the decisions she's made, from dogs, house purchases and lovers... But essentially it's a fantasy - well for me anyway - to be able to find a new life in a new country with the romance of France, the french language and the ideals of living in Europe. It's a great 'escapist' read...... strongly encourage getting lost in Provence with Henrietta.

As for holiday reading I've got a sad confession - my Madam Bovary book didn't arive before I left on holidays - so I've packed an older version to start reading with the read-a-long. I've also packed Murakami's 'Dance Dance Dance', and Stphen Downes "Paris on a Plate: a gastronomic Diary'.

I'll blog more when/if I find internet somewhere....

7 comments:

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

Oooh, you should save Lavender and Linen for next year's Paris in July! Actually, no, scratch that! How can any of us hold back on our love for all things Parisian?! :)

Too bad on no getting the new Madame Bovary in time :(

ds said...

Have a wonderful holiday! The Wwoof scheme sounds interesting--not much like that around here.
You are most noble.

Electra said...

Oh My Gosh, Tamara, your life sounds so exciting! Have a wonderful time!

Jeanie said...

Wow -- you are certainly whetting my whistle with this one! Can't think of anything I'd love more than to go to see Cadel (or any major league) race! And your other activities sound terrific!

I'll have to look into that book -- as I've become more than a bit of a Francophile in the past couple of years, I can't wait to follow this fantasy! Mine, too!

My verification word is "orang" -- so from me and my "orang" cat, have a great holiday!

Bellezza said...

My Madame Bovary hasn't arrived, either, but I think Dance Dance Dance was a worthy choice to take! ;)

Kelly said...

Hello! I was directed to your beautiful blog by "Coffee and a Book Chick" and I'm so glad I listened to her :) I really love your posts-especially everything mentioning France! I can't wait to get back there myself. This book looks really great!

Karen said...

Have a wonderful time on all your adventures this month! It must be something about this month - I am definitely feeling liking taking a break right now too - will have to wait until December unfortunately! I am still waiting for my Madame Bovary too...