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On the road to new digs in Montreal, we chose the older road down by the river, and stopped at a lively diner in Kamouraska.  The landscape; a rush of farmland, rose and gold skies, hay; Picasso's Rose Period meets The Gleaners, with a Gilles Vigneault soundtrack.  The diner was packed, everyone jabbering away in French.  

"That dish there, the old man, the green and red and gold, it looks so good?" I said to my Quebecois husband. 

He glanced at the plate. "Cocquille St. Jacques."

My husband has never said that to me before.  He surprises me.

"My mother used to make it all the time.  Seafood, sauce bechamel, cheese, a delicate edge of mashed potatoes, all baked in a petoncle."

A petoncle is a scallop shell.

"Speak French to me," I said.  "Speak French to me all the time.  It's the only way I'm going to learn."

My brother Michael says you have to choose a restaurant full of jabbering locals.  This is the place.

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On July 19th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC), 534mu5 commented:
sounds delicieuse... how's the writing going? i'm freaking, teaching summer school, packing the house up, wedding planning, all too much really.... james
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On July 19th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC), kathleenwinter replied:
Any one of those things would be a full plate. I have just finished packing our house up, and I know exactly what that means. Wedding plans on top of that, well, my dear, bonne chance! Here, the writing is at the editing stage. I've done the part where you print out your first hard copy of the ms and realize you are capable of writing extremely badly. But I like fixing it, and am through part one of the novel and ready to begin part two (line editing). Still have to go through it lots more times, hopefully with a good editor. You must be looking forward to your masters program.
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On July 19th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
All the best... hope you find time to start a pair of socks...

Take care

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On July 22nd, 2008 03:20 am (UTC), kathleenwinter replied:
Thank you, Daniel! Do you knit all summer? I am starting to get the yarn bug again now... as my husband likes to tell me over iced gin and popsicles, "Winter's coming!"
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On July 27th, 2008 11:23 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
What? Montreal?
Just dropping in to give you this link, which I thought you'd enjoy as much as I did:


....only to find that---what? what's this? you've moved to Montreal? How long has this been going on??


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On July 29th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC), kathleenwinter replied:
Re: What? Montreal?
Heheh - We took the ferry last week and are an hour east of Montreal now, among the rivers and cows, and we move to the city on the first of August. Fig trees in our garden, a short walk to the Jean Talon market in Little Italy, and much, much easier to hop a flight to Edinburgh! Thanks for the link - will check it out. How art thou, my dear Gaby?
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