Sixth anniversary!

6 years ago, on June 16th 2016, I entered The Hematology Department at Saint Antoine Hospital. It was the first day of a long journey, with the goal of being cured of the myelodysplasia I had since 2011 (at least). Here are some photos of “me”, taken at different times, from the fall of 2015 (before the stem cells transplant) to June 2022…

If I am here today it is because I had the chance to meet a fantastic team of doctors, nurses and caregivers at Saint Antoine. A special thanks to my wonderful graft doctor and to Marie, the nurse who performed on me her first stem cells transplant! Of course I cannot forget my stem cells donor, who gave me the chance to have a second birth! If I am still around, it is also because I have a great family and many friends who believed in me and supported me during this special experience… I really really love you all. How can I forget what you did for me!

Fall of 2015, Boulder-Colorado

June 2016: getting the hematopoietic stem cells transplant:

A visit to the Courson Castel, near home

A visit to the Courson Castel, near home

Yesterday, we went to the Courson Castel, which is located near our home. It was a sunny and cool day.

This place is known for its camellias collection. As I love camellias, we decided to pay a visit to this place.

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_de_Courson

Although it was somehow the end of the season for camellias, we enjoyed a magnificent show!

Here are some photos taken for you to enjoy!

Take care and enjoy life!

With love!

Venise, Venice, Venezia

Venise, Venice, Venezia

Last week, we fulfilled a dream we had for years: to visit Venice. We were fortunate, as the weather was ok, sunny but a little cold. Moreover, it was not crowded, well outside the Rialto ;-)!

Coming from the airport, we used a boat, which travelled through the Grand Canal up to our bed and breakfast…

We visited the Doge’s palace:

Saint Mark’s basilica:

Saint Mark square:

The bridge of Sighs:

Other views of Venice and Murano:

Murano glass museum:

We visited so many churches….looking for statues of my good friend Saint Antoine! Saint Antoine has become somebody special for me after people at Saint Antoine hospital saved my life in june 2016: I will never thank them enough for what they did for me, and in particular my great graft doctor: they are my heroes :-)! Of course, I lighted candles for each ;-)!

With love!

Spring in my garden!

Spring in my garden!

After being buried in snow in Canada for a few days, I came back to find that the Spring was already there at home! So many beautiful flowers!

It first started with crocus, yellow then blue, the first flowers of camellia, and the primroses…

Then came the forsythias, the quince trees of Japan, the hyacints, the violets…

But at this time of the spring, the most beautiful flowers are the camillas! I have four different camellias, but only two are already in flower… So more will come soon!

The apricot tree…

Soon we will have the tulips and later the rhododendrons and the apple and cherry trees… stay tuned!

Here are coming the tulips…and some new camellias too: enjoy!

The red camellia, my favorite, is there! With the cherry tree too…

More photos of the camellias, of our cherry tree, of a small azalea… they all survived the freezing temperatures and the snow we had on April 1st…

The last of our camellia, a pink one, is now showing its flowers…

We have also more tulips, some forget-me-not, and my friend cherry tree, a one with a long story, dating back almost one hundred years ago: it is sour cherry tree , whose “mother” was born 100 years ago in my parents garden…

A tour in my garden this morning, April 15th:

Now it is the start for rhodendrons, lily of the valley, the columbines and peonies….

Iris and clematis…

It is my sixth spring since my “second birth” in June 2016 :-)! Those photos are dedicated to the team at Saint Antoine and in particular my kind graft doctor who saved my life, to my family and friends too. Of course, I don’t forget my anonymous stem cells donor… I love you all very much!

First cup of coffee outside!

Dampierre Castle…sunny and warm!

Canada: buried in snow!

Canada: buried in snow!

Greetings from Bures-France!

Last monday, we came back from Canada. We spent two weeks there to visit our daughter and her family.

We first joined them for a short vacation near Montréal, in ” les Laurentides” (https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Laurentides). We spent those days in a large chalet buried in deep snow (over 1.5 m), near Lake Quenouille (https://mapcarta.com/fr/24423520).

We headed to Toronto for another week, making the trip by plane between Mont Tremblant International Airport (?) and Toronto…

In Toronto, the weather was nicer, but still with -20°C temperatures at night, and little snow too!

For our last day in Toronto we went to a place called “Brick Works” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Valley_Brick_Works), the former place where all the bricks used to build houses were manufactured. It is now a beautiful park.

After this time of real winter, it was time to rediscover the Spring at home:

This morning I went to have a blood analysis. The previous one was 6 months ago, and during my visit to my great graft doctor in Saint Antoine last September, she asked me to check my blood status every 6 months… fingers crossed! Even after all those years, and although all seems to be “normal”, each time I do blood analysis, I am a little stressed…

After I got the results from the lab, I sent them to my kind graft doctor: she told me that my results are very good… Once more I was worrying for nothing… I will never thank her enough for what she did and is doing for me…

With love to all…

Lunar New Year/ Spring Festival

Lunar New Year/ Spring Festival

Greetings from Bures-France!

A few days ago, on February 1st, was the Chinese New Year (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year). This year is year of the tiger. In China, it is also called the Spring Festival…. “Spring” in February? Maybe yes! At least in my garden! In just a few days, I noticed flowers, from crocus to primrose to camellia….

Of course, we are not done with winter, but during those difficult times, it is good to dream about some wonderful times to come ;-)!

I am now in my sixth year after having the gift of hematopoietic steam cells from my anonymous donor. Many thanks to her, to the fantastic team at Saint Antoine Hospital, in particular my nice graft doctor ;-). Of course my family and friends were and are still there to support me through all these years! I love you all!

Crinkles…

Greetings from Bures-France! Happy New Year to everybody but in particular to my great family members, to my friends and last but not least to the fantastic people who saved my life almost 6 years ago: the members of the Hematology department at Saint Antoine Hospital and in particular my great graft doctor. I love them all!

Today, I would like to share with you a “feel good” recipe. The cookies are called “crinkles”. The first time I noticed this name, I thought “it sounds like an alsacien or german” name for a cookie (I am a big fan of “alsacian cookies”…. On checking on the web, I discovered that those crinkles are, guess what, from Australia / New Zealand:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocolate_crackles?oldid=1047705474

Although it seems that the recipe is not completly similar to the one I will describe here….

The major ingredient is …chocolate, which is known as a feel good food.

The recipe I am describing comes from a French magasine called Elle (# 3963).

Melt in a microwave oven 25 g of butter with 100 g of dark chocolate. Stir the mixture carefully. In a separate bowl, whisk an egg with around 20 g of sugar until the mixture “whiten” (or for me until you are fed up;-)!). Add the melted chocolate and stir. Then add 105 g of flour and around 50 g of candied tangerine (or candied orange peel), cut in small pieces, and stir carefully. To finish, add around 3 g of baking soda and stir. At this stage, you should get a sticky past, which is then kept for up to 2 hours in a refrigerator. Preheat an oven at 180 °C. Make with the solid past “balls” the size of a walnut, roll them in a bowl containing icing sugar and place them on baking paper-covered tray. Cook for around 11 minutes. The time is tricky to get soft cookies… Let cool them down and enjoy! But before you will like the smell of chocolate filling the kitchen :-)!

I hope you will like these crinkles! For chocolate addicts like me it is a must :-)!

With love…

Christmas 2021

Christmas 2021

It is already the end of the year. For almost two years now, we have been living with covid 19, and we don’t see the end of the pandemic yet…

With a part of our family not being able to join us for Christmas again this year, it will not be “a real Christmas” for me.

Anyway, to keep the traditions alive, we made a small Christmas tree, decorated in part with two pieces of my own production: a Santa Claus and a star made of stained glass, Tiffany style!

At this time of the year, it is also the tradition for me to prepare cookies and cakes. I tried new cookies such as this one, made for chocolate lovers (50% chocolate!), plus “cinnamon stars” and “brioche” ..

It is also time to sing old songs, like the one our father used to sing us when we were childs…

Merry Christmas to people at Saint Antoine Hospital Hematology dept with a special thought to my fantastic graft doctor, to my family and friends from all over the World!

With love!

From the time when I was young…

A little bit of everything…

A little bit of everything…

Greetings from Bures-France! I have been silent. for some time, but it is mainly because I have been lazy :-)!

Early in November, we visited our daugther and her family in Toronto. We joined just at the right time: our grand son, who is attending a daycare, brought home the flu (or a cold), and gave it to everybody ! We spent 3 weeks with running noze, some fever (at the begining), headache, cough . Before going back home, we took a PCR test to be safe. Anyway, we enjoyed being with our canadian branch of the family!

In November, the 26th conference on climat took place in Scotland. The “global warming” issue remembered me of a song from Bourvil , a french actor and singer. The song starts like that: un oranger sur le sol irlandais, on ne le verra jamais (an orange tree on Irish soil, we’ll never see it)! Maybe he was wrong :-)! Just wait for a few more years!

This fall was also the time for me to start again my “artistic work”, stained glass and modeling… Here are some of my project.

This November was also “special” for me as I turned 70 :-(! I am old…) Forty years ago, I defended my PhD… hatrd to believe! Time is flying!

My last project on stained glass is “a photophore”. I started to build it a few weeks ago. The first class lasted for 7 hours! And I was able to survive it! Thank you people from Hematology at St Antoine hospital and in particular my great graft doctor! Together with my donor and my family and friends, you saved my life! I am a surviving chimera :-)!