Our plan for exploring France was to follow Vincent Van Gogh's path south from Amsterdam to the Mediterranean, with important stops along the way. It didn't turn out exactly like that. Nonetheless, we saw Holland and France through the painter's eyes. .  
I hope you enjoy this jaunt through the mountains and small towns of southern France. Bask in the sun by the pool at a bed & breakfast set in the middle of a working vineyard, with mountains as backdrop.
Be sure to turn up the music -- Don McLean's Vincent (also known as Starry Starry Night), a paean to the Dutch artist, including some of his more recognizable Provence landscapes. 


 
 
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Dauntless Spirit by Donna Estabrooks, 30 x 30
On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I have no wisdom the share, no warnings, predictions, apologies or insights into what transpired that day. Those of us with kids and friends in the line of fire on September 11, 2001, maybe never fully recover, let alone those who lost loved ones. Instead, I gladly leave it to the pundits, musicians and artists to make sense of what happened and explain how it changed us forever.

Donna Estabrooks, of Montague, Massachusetts, expresses my feelings better than I ever could.    

For more about Estabrooks and her work, go here:
http://www.donnaestabrooks.com/about.html
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Two Poppies by Donna Estabrooks, 36 x 48
 
 
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Here are a few quilts Birds reader Karen from California has sewn recently, by hand. Gorgeous, eh?

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