Champagne! Or: Do get your Sword out!

Ok, life's not always the big party you want it to be... You have to wash dishes, pay taxes, talk to people you dislike. But Beware! If you think about those things too much, you'll loose time you can spend with your loved ones. You'll loose time to do stuff you DO like. And you'll get nasty wrinkles into the negative direction. You'll need to laugh, to get those wrinkles up! And sometimes, even after you've paid a speeding ticket (beware again: it's 80 k p/h on the Route National now) or Especially(!) after you've paid that speeding ticket..., you have to make the party yourself.
Life's to short!
And what helps to get the party started? Champagne! Or, the local bubbles from our Saint Pourçain Cave. And to make you laugh even louder... open your bottle with sword! Yes, a Sword! It absolutely is over theatrical and unnecessary, but so much fun.

Often, you choose friends that think alike. So, no surprise, we have friends in food, in wine and in Champagne. And in Champagne Swords (it's actually called a 'saber'). And this friend was so cool to dedicate a box to our Château des Edelins: a box with a Champagne Saber, a good bottle to test your skills and (no worries) a manual 'How to do it with a Saber'!

So if it's one of those days... (I personally recommend mondays) and your planning doesn't allow you come to Château des Edelins, get you Saber out and drink Champagne!
And to make that even easier for your, here's the link to the friends web store:
driebergenwijn.nl

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The family has grown!

All bad things come with good things. At least, the art is to try to see the good things coming. Right?!
Well, this june my father died. But since, my mother lives here with us, at Château des Edelins. Which, yes, is a very good thing! So we now have an even bigger kitchen table. She works her ass off (oups, sorry mom) in the garden! And we serve loads more home made jam! Thanks!

Just another note, to share

We are half way through the 2017 summer season and still happy, energetic and fine! A great family, new guests in our house, left this note after a few days with us. So nice! It's those little things that really touches you, isn't it?!

Minimalism: go see this documentary

We sometimes live a strange life that allows us to watch television at the middle of the day. So Wrong! During the day, you have to be useful and work and make things happen or fix stuff or whatever... watching tv is so absolutely not on that list. But if we've started very early and if we have to work till late, we've adapted to the southern european life style and we've became very good siesta-makers (you have to adapt to your new home country, dont't you?!).
And yes, watching television can be part of an afternoon nap. Especially, when you watch a documentary. A good documentary is useful, makes things happen, will fix you or at least a small part of you and so you're absolutely allowed to watch it, whenever you want. 

Why this explanation of how we spend our siestas (don't worry, I won't do more details)? We've seen MINIMALISM: the story of two guys who've decided to live a more simple life. Because, in short, without clutter and stuff and things, you've much less to worry about.

It's something we all know. But still. I liked how logic they've made it feel... Says she, who has a house with more rooms she can count, more grass than she can mow and more books than she can reed (probably... but, you know, you can't run out of books, right... right?!). 

So I was impressed. And one day, maybe, I'll live in a 'Tiny House' too.
Go see this doc, it's on Netflix (are we allowed to have Netflix?) and let me know what you think. Could you do this? Would you?

People are nice. Yes. They really are.

Did you know that there are a lot more nice people in the world, than mean criminal awful ones? Even the grumpy ladies and gentlemen around us are nice, somewhere inside - although some take a real moment to show that inside to the outside... 
And some nice people leave comments. They say lovely things when they're here with us. They write me afterwards. They put it out on the internet (I'll come back to this one, in another post). Or they leave notes. And I love notes! Look:

About Us, a blog in English

In English?

But you're in France? Why not in French?
And you're Dutch? Why not in Dutch?
Or German? Since you were not to bad at it, at school...
Or Spanish?! Italian?! Fries?!

Of course there's no reasonable answer to this. I Try to have an international website, that fits our international clientèle. We have guests from all over the world and we love it! We've had great people from South-Afrika, Dubai, the United States and even Australia. And closer, of course : loads of Dutch people, the French, English couples, Italians, travelers from Spain, Belgium, Zwitserland, you name it. 

All very different people, with very different languages. But they all have one thing in common: the world is not that big and let's try to take care of it, together. With respect. Interest in each other. And thats not hard at all. 

So let this blog be not only 'about us'. We are not THAT interesting you know... Let it be about the good things in life. About good people. To make the world a better place (and yes, in English, just to reach more people).