If it’s Friday, it must be France …

I’m in the midst of winter in Toronto for two weeks. Skiing, skating, enjoying grandchildren and taking care of writing “stuff”.

Thank you to the gracious and enthusiastic women of the Oakville Club for inviting me to be the luncheon speaker last Wednesday. It was great fun sharing my photography from France with you too!

I’m also immersed in words, thoughts and surprises  … writing fiction is so much fun …  as I work to complete my next novel. With a summer deadline to publish, the pressure is on.  However, life keeps intervening …  in a good way …

For example, I’m leaving shortly to watch my 6-year-old grandson’s hockey practise. Tomorrow we are planning to ski after we watch Canada play in the gold medal hockey game in Sochi.

See what I mean? So excusez-moi, forgive me, for not staying in the blog too long today.

In the meantime, here’s a pleasant spot to linger for a little escape. It’s our favourite beach in Antibes, Plage de la Gravette. I can’t wait to get back there this summer! (p.s. For those who have read The Promise of Provence, this is where Katherine and Philippe spent some memorable moments!)

I’m enjoying being back in the throes of winter and catching up with family and friends, but I know this season has been a long haul for many.  Pick a spot on the beach, close your eyes, and dream… 

Early morning is the best for a quiet, refreshing dip …

Plage de la Gravette-PSandsPhotos
Plage de la Gravette-PSandsPhotos
Plage de La Gravette-PSandsPhotos
Plage de La Gravette-PSandsPhotos
Plage de La Gravette-PSandsPhotos
Plage de La Gravette-PSandsPhotos

Merci mille fois to The Riviera Reporter for inviting me onto their pages in the February/March edition. It was such a nice surprise to see the photo you chose with my friend Heidi Lee, of the English Bookshop in Antibes. What a pleasure!

Bon weekend, tout le monde!

Published by patriciasands

Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada when she isn't somewhere else, particularly the south of France. With a happily blended family of seven adult children and, at last count, six grandchildren, life is full and time is short. Beginning with her first Kodak Brownie camera at the age of six, she has told stories all of her life through photography. Much to her surprise a few years ago, she began to write and has now published three novels, including two that are part of a six-book series set in the south of France. Love France? Love her work! Check out her website www.patriciasandsauthor.com She is particularly drawn to the rewarding friendships of women and the challenges many embrace once their families are grown. "It's never too late to begin something new," she enthuses. "As the saying goes, just do it!"

12 thoughts on “Excusez-moi

  1. Look at you, taking off for the beach in the middle of winter, writing and having all the fun and whatnot. It’s cold as a popsicle and that beach water looks so inviting, I was about to dive into my screen.

    1. Take yourself there in your head, girlfriend! I was thinking about you this morning. I am just beginning to use Instagram (free phone software) and it occurred to me it would be a fabulous platform for your exceptional artwork. Have you tried it? Email me if you want to talk about it.

      1. I couldn’t figure out how to set up an acct on Instagram. On the homepage, it says log in but that can’t happen. I kinda gave up on trying to figure it out. And too, Instagram has a right to sell the pictures and users don’t benefit from it. Unless something has changed…

  2. I wish I was on any of those beaches right now. More snow in NYC this week. Enjoy your vacation and have fun!

  3. So much going on this winter that I’m neither having time to read blog entries nor write them. I’m glad I stopped by for a minute to remember that warm days will come. The sun looks good since I’m off to rainy Seattle this week for the AWP conference.

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