A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil, that good may come of it... We are too ready to retaliate, rather than forgive... And yet we could hurt no man that we believe loves us. Let us try then what love will do: for if men did once see we love them, we should soon find they would not harm us. Force may subdue, but Love gains: and he that forgives first, wins the laurel.
William Penn

Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone...
George Fox

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Back to the Beach for a Day (and Hosted by a French Quiltmaker)

It seems that every village in France has a memorial to the  local men killed in the First World War

My host, Florence. Her grandfather was a soldier during the Great War. When she was younger she lived near a village that had been abandoned after the war, as there were no more men to live there. She and five others lived a communal farming life for many years. There was no ideology, no political theory, just simple communal living.

Florence is now a quilting enthusiast. She is familiar with Quakers, the  Amish and the Mennonites through  her interest in quilts and her visits to the US. 
A glimpse of the sea at Valras Plage before heading inland again.

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