Many years ago I visited Avignon, Arles, and Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer in Southern France, and also a region called Camargue. It is an area of saltwater marshes (sea origin) and freshwater marshes (river origin). It is a huge migratory stopover for over 350 species of birds. I was especially excited to see the area, because as a teen I saw a movie named “Friends”. It was shot in Carmargue and I wanted to see the wild horses depicted in the film. The movie also had a beautiful Elton John song by the same name which made the place seem even more enticing. I didn’t see any of the wild horse, but settled for a book that featured them. Just goes to show you that it’s probably better to travel without expectations. But all of the places I visited were charming and wonderful. At one point, my friend and I were on a bus that doubled for the local school bus. It stopped to pick up the children to take them to their homes. Here are a couple. One shy, the other waving to the camera of this tourist on their school bus.
The city of Arle was one of the places where Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin painted. This hotel below was named after Gauguin. I don’t know if that brought in more tourists.
So all of this is leading up to the new piece I have almost finished in my map series. Besides a map, it incorporates some images made with linoleum stamps I made, and hand stitching along with machine stitching. I’m going to add a little more hand stitching.
We’ve had constant changes in weather lately, which is extremely enjoyable. A few days ago we got some of our summer dry heat, and today is cloudy, chilly, and even had a few rain drops. I think the plants and birds must be confused though. Our Chaste tree started blooming with the summer air.
The warm days still had cool evenings with some unusual light.
Charlie, Maggie and Lucy just go with the flow in heat or cold as you can see in this shot of Charlie.
My life is made up of simple things, but I am constantly aware of the larger issues that are always in the news, that sometimes seem hopeless. But there are good people living each day with hope, and people to inspire hope like President Obama did with his eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, and writers who have written about it to encourage us…
“Hope is the thing that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words and never stops at all”.