Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Tuesday March 4, 2014 my three good friends Jonathan, Cristal and Simon picked me up at the Mosson tram stop.  Like always, I had my backpack and my banjo.  We managed to fit all of our gear into Cristals cool little red car and with Cristal behind the wheel, Simon in the navigators seat and Jonathan and I squeezed in the back; we set off on a trip to Simons family cottage located in picturesque Pierrefiche.

As we travelled we talked about many subjects, music, language, cultural differences and the area of Loziere.  I was also told of the Beast of Gévaudan, which terrorized this area from 1764 to 1767.  

We had a great week and I was educated on cheese, wine and French customs.  We played music, wrote new songs, hiked in beautiful sunny weather and even went sledding.  On the Friday I was sitting outside playing my banjo when I looked up and my good friends Andy and Camilla came walking down the path.  So unexpected by me and planned by Simon, Cristal and Jonathan. Hugs and kisses!  More food!  More wine more music.  The following morning we said goodbye to Pierrefiche and drove a couple of hours to a bluegrass weekend where I met more fun amazing people and played great bluegrass music with new found friends.  

I have learned, no matter where you go or what language you speak, music bonds people together.  I am so thankful for my friends and my music.   

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