Fetes de Plants (French for Festival of Plants)


This past weekend the small village we live in had their annual “Fetes de Plants.”  This is a grand event that many people in our village and the surrounding villages look forward to.  Well, with my love for plants, I too was excited to participate in this festival as well.


Bagnoles de l’Orne, France is a small village of approximately 2,500 people.  Since it is a tourist town, there are always a lot of activities going on during the tourist season.  The “Fetes de Plants” took place on Saturday and Sunday.  It truly warmed my heart to see a lot of families taking pleasure in the beautiful day while choosing plants for their home.


I went to the festival primarily to check it out and of course with the possibility of finding a plant to bring home.  It was fun watching as lots of people delighted in the beautiful flowers, trees and plants that were for sale.  There were also darling little angels, frogs, lambs and turtles on display as yard decor available to purchase.  As we were walking around, we came upon some beautiful roses.  Oh my goodness they were very pretty.  I found myself kneeling down so I could smell them.  They were wonderful.


As you can see, this is the plant that I took home with me!  It was a really fun and enjoyable afternoon.  I am grateful to live in this marvelous little town and to be living my dream in France.  I placed the rose bush where we could enjoy it from the dining area.  I sat down and just stared at my new roses.  While I sat there, I remembered the expression, “Take time to smell the roses.”

I genuinely hope that you and I will always take time to savor moments in our day, to slow down the pace in our lives and appreciate the small things that can give us great joy and pleasure, such as smelling a rose.

With much love,



About I am Alice

If anyone would have asked me three years ago if I had ever considered writing books, I would have promptly answered, "No." Today, it is a very natural feeling to write. I suppose since I enjoy talking so much, and I mean a lot, it should not have surprised me! I love communicating through writing as I feel completely united with my soul and my thoughts flow, often times as well as tears as I am altogether emerged in that feeling, in that moment. Check out the "About Alice" page to find out why I titled this site, "I am Alice" and why, "It Feels Good To Be ME."
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4 Responses to Fetes de Plants (French for Festival of Plants)

  1. twigwoman says:

    Its the wee hours here in my portion of the States but I just got off the phone with a dear old friend I had angered and then lost contact with over a decade and a half ago….. she tried to contact me months ago and actually left called what she thought was my house but in fact got my daughter’s phone… no one was home, and frightened I might not call her back she eft no message…… Long story short – I found her number tonight and called her….. It was a wonderful Reunion….. my version of stopping to smell the roses if You will…… Glad you enjoyed your day of celebrations and your rose purchase…… and Best of all that You are living your dream! Namaste: Lyn~

  2. Joan says:

    What a beautiful story you shared, Lyn …. I am happy for you and the re-connection you have with your friend!

    Alice, after reading your delightful story I became happy for your new rose plant … it will be loved, cared for and cherished! Your story just tuned me in to all the small things around my home that truly bring joy … It’s a great way to start a day! Thank you… 🙂

    • I am Alice says:

      Oh, I am so happy to know that you have started your week off by taking that moment to embrace the love that surrounds you right where you are. Thank YOU for sharing! 🙂

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