Memorial Day


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In memory of all our soldiers that have fought for freedom and country

and the families they’ve left behind…

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day

of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.

History behind Memorial Day here

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Spring in full flower in Northern California…

From my garden in the cooler San Francisco bay area

apples

emerging apples from early spring blossoms…

cherries

Ripening cherries…

foxgloves

foxglove’s enticing hues and patterns…

espalliered apple

Poppies and erigeron fronting an espaliered apple tree. Having a smallish garden,

I love placing fruit trees amidst roses and perennials. After my grandfather died,

my uncle, a polio survivor, had taken over the daily working of the ranch and orchards,

and I remember how keen he was on helping me pick out my first fruit tree, an espaliered

Bosc pear. He loved watching John Wayne westerns, and had equally as much swagger,

toughness, and kindness… He is one of many I miss this weekend…

walnut grove

Wide open canopy of a walnut grove at my mother’s ranch in the San Joaquin

valley less than two hours drive east into the heart of California…

I used to spend summers barefoot in these orchards, or up at dawn to grade

pears and peaches that were being sent off to markets or the local cannery…

My mother still has memories of walking these fields with her dad.

Memories can be so bittersweet…

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Off to the countryside to pick cherries and picnic with family…

Hoping to peek into the old warehouses where my Northern Italian

grandfather kept all the necessary equipment for managing his

fruit orchards. Records at Ellis Island show he arrived from Italy

with little more than a hundred dollars. In California,  he worked

unloading ship’s cargo and bought property, piece by piece,

planting groves of walnuts, peaches, nectarines, pears, cherries.

Remembering and grateful for family not here today…

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend…

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The French Country Home

Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery

Bernard Touillon