Strawberry fields forever

Last year Philip planted a few strawberry plants and I tried my hand at a small herb garden. One of the benefits of living on campus is that the grounds are extensive and there is plenty of room for planting. In addition we have enjoyed growing and eating a little of our own food. We expanded our meager endeavors and added some tomato plants, mint and basil which my parents picked up for us at the local farmers market. We also planted lavender, come on, one cannot live in France without growing lavender!

                                            

As you can see from the photos, this year promises to be a bountiful harvest. We were even able to enjoy some berries last season and have had fresh herbs almost year round.

The first photo was taken last year and the second this past week.

Let’s just say things have gotten a little more fruitful out there.  Not too much has been done in terms of weeding the strawberry patch and not too much interest has been shown in it until some flowers began to sprout a few weeks ago.  However, the patch becomes magically popular with both the students and teachers for some reason around late summer…

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About thechavagnesexperience

Philip Gonzales, BA, MA, Mphil is a full time teacher at Chavagnes International College and that includes all the tasks involved in living at a boarding school: being on rotation for early morning wake-ups, nighttime dorm duties, supervising study halls, participating in daily communal meals, and the like. He teaches philosophy, classical civilization, religion and boxing mostly to the senior students in the upper school. He has earned a four year baccalaureate degree in Philosophy from Ave Maria University, an advanced Masters degree as well as an MPhil degree from the Institute of Philosophy at the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven in Belgium and is now actively pursuing his doctorate. His travels in pursuit of his PhD have taken him to Poland to the University of Warclow and to the University of Maynooth in Ireland. Throughout his academic career he has been award an Academic Merit Scholarship at Ave Maria University, the Roby Scholarship from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts to study for a semester in Rome, as well as another Academic Merit Scholarship from KU Leuven to complete his MPhil degree. He has taught at the American College of Louvain in Leuven Belgium. He also has membership as a Junior Member of the International Hermeneutics Society and is a member of the International Association for the Study of the Philosophy of Edith Stein. His PhD dissertation is concerned with the philosophy of Edith Stein and Eric Przywara and their reinterpretation of the analogy of being. Sarah Gonzales, BA MA is a part time English teacher at Chavagnes International College. She also contributes to the pastoral support of the College and her students. Having transferred from Thomas More College of Liberal Arts to Ave Maria University she earned a four year baccalaureate degree in Literature. Her thesis pertained to Virginia Woolf’s work and the language of images and time as presented in the form of the modern novel. She also received an advanced Master’s degree in European Studies from the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven writing her thesis on the concept of the Nation and the Nation State with the specific case study of Northern Ireland. She has been awarded a Rotary Club Scholarship for her excellence in community service, as well as the Roby Scholarship awarded to aid her studies in Rome. Sarah also has experience teaching religious education as well as figure skating to students of varying ages. She currently enjoys living in France where she raises her children and is free to pursue a variety of interests at her leisure.
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One Response to Strawberry fields forever

  1. Jennifer Worrell says:

    I miss growing lavender! It was so happy at my other house, but it hates the thick clay soil at our current home!!!

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