Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Here..there..and everywhere...~ Violets~ Apple Blossoms~Lilacs~


















Max goes to French school so forgive the spelling..:)
I guess he figured he or she was English;)

"I wonder how you slip under my pillow~just like that"

Oh Max..I love that sentence.
Her response..below..


Oh to be a little again and feel so special and loved ..









Making violet bouquets♥
Lilac bouquets
LOTV bouquets.


May..and this is the last day..it flew by..Does March fly by?

Admiring every single apple tree that bloomed and is still blooming~~

I started the second veggie patch..

it will be THE garlic patch ..

but right now my garlic is growing in two other gardens..

so this year..some lettuce..radishes .. beets ,basil,cherry tomatoes..all will grow  in Mathilde's garden.

I asked Jacques to make an x~form for me to make Mathilde..so she could frighten the squirrels away:)  

In this garden..until garlic is the only thing planted ..

Mathilde is sporting a long skirt I have not worn in years..a jean shirt that has seen way better days..but I loved it so much I wore it out..and a gardening hat..she has to be protected from the sun~

In the kitchen..

Sometimes you do not need to use the KA..some recipes are small..to make cute small things..so then you bring out the hand mixer..
I had ..have one..that even on the lowest speed..in a deep bowl..it's dangerous..it beats so fast ingredients fly out..
My daughter spotted this very cheap one but found it so cute and vintagey..I asked the salesperson if we could plug it in..at last..something that's cute and not a weapon:)

For 9 tarts..I only needed 1 egg white..my KA can't beat just one egg white..the depth I think..
Mamina's recipe says it makes 6..for these I used my mini silicone mold..and the cavities are smaller than on the metal ones..so the recipe made 9.
It's a good little crust..Mamina filled hers w/ mascarpone and decorated w/ strawberries..I had some lemon curd I wanted to use..so I made mini meringue pies/tarts..
so cute. 
Then Jacques isn't facing a large lemon meringue pie all week;)
I baked mine ap 20 minutes..not the 7-8 that Mamina did because I was fully baking mine..she re~inserts hers into the oven once filled.There was no need for me to do that..
It's a versatile little recipe..yum yum..

La Recette~ Courtesy of Mamina.

6o grams softened butter
25grams icing sugar
a tiny pinch of fleur de sel
1/4 tsp of vanilla powder
10 grams egg white
65 grams of flour..I may have put 70;)

Cream the butter ,add icing sugar and blend..,add salt,vanilla powder and egg white..add flour.
Put a little ball of dough in each mini muffin tin and use a moistened finger to pat the dough evenly bottom and sides..(I used my wood lemon juicer..floured).
Bake in a pre-heated 350 F oven for ap 20 minutes..keep an eye on them.
If you are going to fill w/ a cheese filling that you bake..bake 7-8 minutes..fill..then bake till set.
Let cool and remove from mold.
Fill w/ lemon curd..top w/ meringue..I used my small crème brulée blow torch to color the meringue.

Enjoy..these would be nice under an apple tree w/ a nice glass of ice tea~
So beautiful this past week!

The date squares are Ricardo's this time..if you make..mine took under 30 minutes to be fully baked..so keep an eye on them instead of setting the timer for 55 minutes and walking away~
Delish!

Thought I would add my top shelf/left in my fridge..my fave spot..

Son-in-law..s... eggs..crème fraiche..my favorite petits pots yogurts..and fave petit pot beurre..
this company has created a little gold mine I think..it has been around for a long long time..but recently all these petits pots  have appeared in perfectly pretty packaging..good for them.
Finding more lids led me to a Metro..and now I have at least 12 more lids pour mes petits pots:)♥
I had bought 12 through someone previously..


I see a collection happening..
the yogurts I have mentioned before..I love the consistency..the butter?
YUM.
They have unsalted and salted..I love salt..
It is so good! Fleur de sel salty:)

They have many goat's milk products etc..
If you can get your hands on these products..well they have my 100% seal of approval~


I use a Ball jar from my friend  Linda to keep the mayo..turquoise also:)Turquoise..love it in a kitchen.♥

May~ June..busy busy in the gardens..
Front and back gardens need tutoring..tutelage..TLC..
The Alliums are lovely ...little exclamation marks in front and back..the garlic..a different allium..look!
Alain brought manure..like fresh flowers to me:)
Forgive the peony hoops..but that bed needs them..
Centaurea  Montana (perennial cornflower)is at it's best..
Iris starting to POP♥
I love our gardens.Some are not aging well at all..but still I love them...and I feel Alain's manutre will help a lot.


I enjoy being  able to nurture things and watch them grow.


Enjoy this beautiful time of the year~
In a garden..on a terrasse..w/ just a flower box or a few pots..or larger gardens..take time to notice everything..it's a powerful optimism booster....free.


73 comments:

  1. Your photos are just stunning! I love lilacs and am sad that I can not have them here in South Carolina.

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    1. Oh but you have so many things we don't!
      Lilacs etc..are a way of making winter more bearable:) A reward for patience and hope♥

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  2. Yes Monique, your photos say it all. Much beauty in your home and garden. I save those pots too but not sure what to do with them. I brought a little clay pot that held yogurt back from Paris and use it to hold pens. Beautiful June days ahead. I watched a film yesterday about Quebec City and Montreal. What beautiful cities they are. I used to always have scarecrows in white dresses, they never worked but made me happy.

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    1. Scarecrows make me happy too..and she would look even prettier in white;0 She is faceless though..I'll have to work on that one day.
      QC and Mtl are beautiful..very European in flavor..I have Pinterest boards on them and Paris..I am new to Instagram and follow some Mtl photographers that specialize in capturing Mtl moments and it makes me very proud..It is quite beautiful..I pin them all:)


      QC also..I am sure every city has it's charm..it's what you see.

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    2. Pinterest and Instagram? Please don't stop blogging. I don't do anything else and when bloggers stop blogging it is usually because of other social media.

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    3. :) What a nice thing to say..I am a stick in the mud..I am not going anywhere..if I do stop blogging..it will be because I have stopped..like you..I get into a pair of slippers and keep wearing them:)
      Creature of habit..not novelty:)

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  3. Good morning Monique...
    Lovely captures of the Lilacs...and all!
    Love that letter to The Tooth Fairy...I must keep that response in mind,when Vivian enters that stage...I still have the wee gingham Tooth Fairy my kids used...there is a lacy pocket for the tooth...and yes...she is definitely a girl ♥️.. I will pass it on to my daughter!
    Enjoy your day!
    Still hot and breezy here...some relief by week's end...
    Look me up on Instagram! Would love to connect with you there...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I paid for my real estate course by making crafts..we went to a big complex..set up booth and sold tooth fairy pillows we made and kleenex houses..etc..I made enough I think it was $500.00 this is 35 yrs ago..I didn't want Jacques to pay..in case real estate was not for me.
      Turns out it was..I am grateful to the wonderful clients I had..but now that I don't work..I enjoy crafting so much more..no time limits.
      It's so breezy..but lovely..hunidity down..Alain just brought me 2 more barrow fulls of manure..
      U just requested you on Instagram..
      :)
      Have a great day..week..weekend etc:)

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    2. Lucky you.....more manure! :o)

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  4. Awww beautiful Monique !
    How I love yours pictures I adore violets and how smell.
    Love these petit pots :)
    Hugs and love !
    Beautiful post like always !

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    1. I love the petits pots too..have no idea why I am thrilled to have them but I am.. pretty..that's why I guess..and the product is DELICIOUS..Thanks Gloria..

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  5. Everything is so... beautiful! Love this glorious time of year. And love that little Max and his tooth fairy, so sweet!

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    1. Oh Chris..such a stark contrast from black and white..:) Grateful..love all seasons..but this one keeps me more physically active..:)
      Thank you.

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  6. Hey Monique. Love your flower garden. Looks like the garden fairy exploded, there. Lol! Speaking of gardens, is that your potting shed? Oh, I love it! And then, speaking of fairies, I loved the card the Tooth Fairy left for Max. Genius! And his question to the TF, asking if he/she were a girl or boy, cracked me up. Don't they say the cutest things? Loved your watercolor, too. You've rekindled my love of painting. I never used water colors before, but now I'm trying them. The technique is really different. Takes lots of practice! Have a great week!!

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    1. She did! It happens in a heartbeat here..and leaves us the same way..but with LOTS of putting to sleep care..It is our potting shed..Jacques has a back section..for tractor..mowers..workbench and I have the front for potting and storing etc..
      I tried a continuous line painting this morning of my cobalt pots on the deck..fun and messy..
      the above..was painted on writing paper..you don't get the grooves and the paper wrinkles..but I love my book..more for garden notes..;)

      You too!!

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  7. When I step into your slice of heaven, it's always so beautiful!! Aww, little Max is so adorable. His note to the tooth fairy is priceless!

    Nancy

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    1. We are so lucky with our Littles Nancy..you know that.Best medicine.Ever.

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  8. I don't know if I told you that I got to play Tooth Fairy for Mack the last time they stayed overnightl Glad he fell asleep quickly :) I love Max put lines for the Tooth Fairy to answer - so cute! I love all of your garden views. See, you catch up so quickly! I love how green everything is right now, even the prolific weeds. I Mathilde does her job. My garlic looks just like yours! When do the scapes start? I keep looking every day :) I love your yogurt and now butter containers. Wish we could find them here! I've never checked Whole Foods - maybe there? Had to smile at your story about the mixer - mine does the same thing and I have to very careful when I first turn it on. Glad you found a docile one :) The wee tarts and date bars sound wonderful! I tried a new date cake recipe recently, kind of plain but I liked it. There is nothing like manure in a vegetable garden. My parents always used it. We have loads of compost delivered that our Village makes over the winter from the fall leaf pick up. Good stuff! Has quite a scent of it's own from the rotted leaves ;)

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  9. Max's tooth was pulled out by his friend at school ..
    you know me..

    I went..omg Max..

    anyway he kept the tooth because he knows the fairy is generous.

    I am making creme fraiche in some as I type..the company sells it..but now that i know how and have jars..I am expanding my cute prep area:)

    My mixer..I would not even give it away it is so dangerous..the old one..my harvest gold one worked fine..why did I ever upgrade? LOL..
    But now turquoise works..
    So what do tooth fairies leave in Wisconsin?:)
    I say YOU start a cute jar yogurt company in the USA..be the first!!

    Then remember me when you are super rich and famous please.:)
    I like plain cakes.
    I love chicken poop scent..healthy for my gardens:) !:)

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    1. PS re the garlic scapes..not sure as this years crop is ahead of last year..it's been super beautiful here...I will tell you as soon as I see them:)

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    2. The TF leaves a dollar bill in exchange for a tooth :) The was the amount chosen by his parents. Mack was hoping for 2 dollars - LOL. Max is so brave to let a friend pull out his tooth! This whole last week it has been warm and lovely here also. The warmth put a quick end to LOTV and early irises :( Rain this morning. I like plain cakes too!

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    3. Enjoy:)Here I think it is $5.00 I know the first ones were..only Oli is left and one is wiggling ..

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  10. Beautiful time of year, indeed! You live among so much beauty, Monique. I'm in awe of the apple blossoms and all the other gorgeous blooms in your garden. The tooth fairy notes are adorable. I'm still giggling. I love that even though SHE was so busy, she took time to leave a note and to answer the questions.
    Mathilde sounds like a lovely girl. Do we get to see her? Happy gardening, my friend. So enjoyed this post to honor the end of May.

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    1. Good morning:)

      I will try and take a flattering foto of Mathilde..she is beside a big heat pump..a cement foundation and 2 basement window..so the background is quite unsightly:) I will ask her for her most flattering angle..
      Our weather has been nothing short of stupendous..blue skies..breezes..no humity the last few days..and warth.Perfect.
      Thank you Sarah:)

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  11. On salive avec les desserts et on s'émerveille de la floraison du printemps ! Superbe ce post. Bises

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    1. Merci Christine..un temps merveilleux..que j'apprécie de tout coeur.

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  12. Lovely! And, I'm so very happy to have information from the Tooth Fairy!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    1. So cute isn't it? Brings us back in time!

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  13. I love Max's tooth fairy note. Gerarda was afraid of her coming into her room so we left the tooth downstairs in her tooth fairy pillow. I said I would call the tooth fairy to let her know where to find it. She then wanted to call the tooth fairy and talk to her! I said I could not give her that telephone number till she was a mommy. Some things you never forget! The gardens look wonderful Monique. My Siberian iris are in bloom and peonies are starting to open. That line of butter, yogart, etc are adorable. They don't sell here or I too would be collecting those cute jars.

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    1. How cute the call..I hope you gave her the number by now;)

      Trader Joe's should jump on this method of jarring yogurts and butter..it's so appropriate..they have that pretty creme fraiche markings on their container..

      surprised Whole Fodds doesn't have this..

      You guys have so much GREAT things..
      Pretty time of year..take care:)

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    2. Whole foods may have it but I don't get there. Have to ask Beth, she is a big whole foods and trader joe's gal.

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    3. No I meant they should start a line like this:)Jump on the cute pot bandwagon:)

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  14. I'm having a cup of tea of enjoying your blog - it's my mini vacation.

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    1. Thanks Pam..the last week..s have felt like a mini vaca here..as everything is just so lovely..blue skies..things growing..perfect weather..

      lucky..

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  15. Hasn't the weather been great! The garden came to life overnight! I didn't realize that borage got so big. No flowers yet though. Did you plant seedlings?
    Love the tooth fairy note :-)

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  16. I planted the seedlings..have to tell you it self seeds..had to pull up so many..but they are a breeze to remove..no underground runners..perennial spinach did reseed but I have empty spots and I can't find my seeds!
    No more indoor sprouting for me..I nurtured basil.. ..tomatoes..for weeks..direct sowing..takes so little time to sprout..weather has been vaca weather,sublime!

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  17. Oh Monique - everything in this post is gorgeous. LOVE, love, love the note from your grandson and the tooth fairy's response. You are so right - to be so young and feel so loved. Your yard and potting shed are gorgeous. The blossoms are terrific and your photos outstanding! Thank you for this lovely morning break.

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    1. I am hoping to try your chicken on Father's day:) I think everyone would love it even The Littles!Thank you:)

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  18. Beautiful post, full of gorgeous images from your garden.I guess it was worth the wait. The sweet note is too cute for words! To be young again with so much innocence....And now, you are planting another garden. Kudos to you.

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    1. No comparison at all to what you are surrounded by..but it's home..and they are familiar to me:) And growing older with me..
      I don't know how you do it all!:)

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  19. Cute TF info and gorgeous flowers!

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  20. I wish I could move into that darling little house. I would take Max with me and he and I would write a book about the tooth fairy. Working hard to keep my teeth, but it is sure nice to know the tooth fairy is still around if I need her!

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  21. I would love the get a letter from a fairy. I suppose I would have to write to her first. Brilliant, Max.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. LOL yes..perhaps you should be the first to cerrespond:)She is busy..

      And maybe write to a differentt fairy..you don't want to lose a tooth:)

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  22. Oh Monique, where do I start! There is soooooo much to love here. The pretty garden pictures, Mathilde, your garden shed, Max . . . tooth fairy letters, to and from. Lemon anything. That gorgeous little butter spreader. Wow. I love it. You live in a paradise I think. Love all of your gardens, the flowers, the lay out, the design and care you have put into it. You amaze me woman. You truly do. xoxo

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    1. Don't be amazed..I show the good parts..not the things that are not doing so well..
      I can't wait to see your pot garden thrive!!
      It's exciting to watch things grow..
      Take care ..loved your pie today Marie!

      You should Instagram it:)

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  23. I adore the yellow shed in all seasons. Is the inside as charming as the outside? Love the Tiffany blue mixer! 💕🌺💕

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    1. She is definitely cuter in summer!the inside is not charming..potting bench and shelves on my side..widow..Jacques side workbench..shelves ..tools hung up everywhere and double doors to get tractors in and out..but rough ..cement floor though..it will never move..:)

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  24. Monique, Your yellow shed is so charming! I love the painted door, did you paint it? The lilacs and flowers in the garden are gorgeous! I love the watercolor of Mathilde, you're such an artist! What a cute tooth fairy letter from Max ♥
    Happy Gardening Day, Jody

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    1. Oh..she is iffy Mathilde..but thanks Jody!

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  25. I totally agree...it IS a beautiful time of year! Am loving your photos...love lilacs too...we used to have a backyard surrounded by them, all colors. Friends would come and pick them for events!
    Our sure sign summer is here: our Royal Poincianas are in bloom....spectacular!

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    1. My neighbour has a full hedge..she went away when they bloomed..I was just at the point of asking for some as ours are white..hers lavender..

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  26. I am just floating through your late spring post...Max and the Tooth Fairy. Love it!!! You are indeed a Grande Nurturer! And, it was good to see my friend, Mr. Scarecrow!!!

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    1. So happy watching over the gardens..even pots..primping and watering..it is all just a miracle!

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  27. Looking in on your blog is a feast for my eyes and the stories are always a joy to read. I love Max's Tooth Fairy episode.

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    1. I wish you had a blog A..like being at Gardenbuddies!

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    2. I don't have the time or patience for this. And I think I would be very boring. You are artistic, sentimental, warm, and interesting.

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  28. Very late to this lilac party
    So pretty as always!!

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  29. Love the beautiful garden shots and of course the sweet notes to and from the tooth fairy. I can't believe that even your butter and yogurt match your turquoise hand mixer…you are the best when it comes to inspiring photos.

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    1. You are inspiring..your travel photos are nothing short of fabulous Karen.

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  30. All I can say is ...."Beautiful"...just everything!
    Bisous xoxoxo

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    1. We do love this time of year you and I don't we..herbs in the garden..warmth and sunshine..x

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  31. Hi Monique, your garden is such a beautiful place, I could live there.....the letter to the tooth fairy was the most prescious thing, what a sweetheart he is. love the color turquoise, your kitchen must be beautiful.

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    1. My kitchen gets used that's for certain!
      Thank you Cheri..like Art Linkletter used to say..kids say the darnedest things...:)
      I love everything they say!

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  32. Wonderful thoughts and a delightful post, with nice photos. Greetings!

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  33. So much eye candy here. Your garden and yard look magical. Great looking food also. Love the turquoise.

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    1. ME too..Love turquoise..I spotted a turquoise AGA..oh lala..a kitchen built around that?

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  34. So many loves we share -- turquoise and lemon and cooking and glorious photos and home. And your watercolor is simply beautiful. I'm a delighted new follower!

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  35. Max a raison, notre " petite souris "... enfin, votre " fée des dents " ... a sans doute beaucoup plus à faire dans les pays anglo-saxons que dans les pays francophones ! Il y a bien plus de dents par là-bas ! ;-) Il a d'autant plus raison, d'ailleurs, puisqu'elle lui a répondu en anglais !!! J'adore son petit mot et toute cette histoire. C'est très rafraîchissant, les mots d'enfants ! ;-)
    Bises
    Hélèn

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