Jour de Noël

Jour de Noël. Dehors une fine neige tombe. Elle est enfin arrivée. On l’espérait. Un Noël sans neige, ce n’est pas vraiment un Noël. Peu à peu, elle couvre le sol de sa blancheur. Dans un coin de la pièce, le sapin, qui vient d’être cueilli, semble trop grand pour la pièce. Et il est…

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The Day I Met Christine Ferber, the “Jam Fairy”

One Word: Memorable. If you haven’t heard of Christine Ferber, just google her name and you’ll quickly realize that she is a queen… the “French queen of jam making” or the “Jam Fairy” as her friends call her! She was even featured by the New York Times in this fascinating article “From Alsace, Sweet Love…

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Road Trip to the Origins of Camembert

A misty morning in Normandy. Green pastures and Normandy black and white cows grazing. To my surprise, the GPS is taking me on a country road which is so narrow that I am not sure what happens if a car comes in the other direction! The landscape is simply magical and my only regret is…

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One Ocean, Two Continents, 1,000 Connections

Brittany and French America: the two things I am passionate about. Born and raised in France, a proud “Brittany girl” and have lived in Quebec and North-East USA which used to be part of New France, I started to get very interested in the early colonial history of this region a few years ago. This…

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William Farwell’s Powder Horn

The enlarged images can be viewed in a slideshow by clicking the first image and then clicking the “next” button. Eliot contacted me and was hoping to learn more about this 1775 powder horn, inscribed with the name William Farwell. I thought I would share it with all, as it is a very interesting powder…

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Where does the Name Vermont Come from?

You cannot believe everything you read on the internet. If you’ve read that the word “verts monts” (green mountains) was first used by Samuel de Champlain in 1609, we believe it’s wrong. An excellent, well-referenced – but yet incomplete – article by Joseph-André Sénécal*, a University of Vermont professor, now retired, looked into the question….

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