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Like everyone, Claire plans have been upended by the pandemic. She has just left her job to start a wine and spirits import and export business. Laurente has left on the last flight out to Paris. Caught up in the lockdown, Claire is inspired by the diaries in Love War Champagne once again and lives the value of being in the moment she has. Claire, Barret, Natalie, Tim and Alexandre are a force together - they manage to complete Natalie's vineyard harvest, maintain the vineyard and remodel the Barn -  Claire's future home. Every day ends on the BeeKeeper's porch with a glass of wine - love is in the air.
In this season finale, good things fall into place for Claire and seemingly everyone around her too. Tim's big brother/hero status is secured and the future of Natalie's vineyard is bright as her grandfather's struggle is resolved. All of this happens with some help from the new comer Alexandre. Of course, Laurente's fingerprints are found on the 'unlikely coincidence' of two seat mates finding one another on a flight from Paris. Love is in the air.
Nearing the end of Season III Claire has a few surprises from her Diary. Knowing this will be a significant event, Claire wants to savor, notice and share as much as she can - such that she'll be able to return to this time in memory and to share it with as many details as possible . There are heroes, beekeeping, surveys, villains and new friends with blue skies every day. Better than a romance novel or any other fiction, this is Claire's Diary life for real.
Feeling nostalgic on her return to her mother's home, Claire has decided to leave her job and to start her own business. She will be importing the artisanal wines and spirits she was unable to buy for her now former employer - that 'big box' corporation. She also shares some thoughts about what she calls 'memorable moments' - those places and times when you want to lock it into your memory bank - so you can return to it again. This visit with her mother is one of those ‘moments’ from the beginning and for more than one reason.
Claire has been traveling throughout France constantly. A dream job for sure, but her work as a wine buyer for a 'big box' store has its downside too. She's been in constant motion for a few years at this point and so much so that she doesn't even maintain her own  home. That is about to change.In need of a break, she heads for her mother's home - The Beekeeper's Cottage - in California. Along the way Claire meets a French winemaker and Laurente's fingerprints seem to be everywhere Claire turns.
After a long travel delay, Claire returns to Champagne for the annual Celebration - it's her first time back to the village as a 'working woman' in the wine business. It's also an intense rush of emotion and memory when Claire is put on the spot to speak to the gathered celebrants. There's important history from the postmistress and Legion of Honor recipient - Madame A Huron, who finally reveals her mysterious first name to Claire - and why it has been a secret all this time. While not a part of the Love War Champagne diary from World War II, Claire shares a few details she learned about some of the villagers who survived the war in the cave - and their participation in the Resistance. She's also begun to put together some missing details from that diary.
Love War Champagne series continues with another diary entry where a young woman leads her village in the Resistance in the caves of Champagne of war time France. American soldiers accompany them on their journey of survival, love and espionage. The future is so uncertain - can they resist falling in love?
Love War Champagne - Part 3.  A relationship grows amidst wartime life in a Champagne cave. Cooperation and creativity displace dwindling supplies and everyone benefits. She's able to write in her diary again with the Christmas gifts from the American. Hope is afoot, the two leaders grow close  - enough so that she shares her diary with the book starved, curious American. She wants him - and anyone who might read her diary in the future - to understand why they fight so hard for this place - Champagne.
Love War Champagne - The 2nd in a multi-part series. Claire is reading from an old inherited diary - a young woman deals with life (and love) in the Champagne caves of wartime France. With little more than her determination, creativity and the company of her diary, she manages a day at a time. A wayward group of American soldiers joins them in the cave where they figure out how to work together to survive.As Claire reads the diary, she becomes deeply intrigued by the degree to which she identifies with its writer - how could they have so much in common . . . ?
Love War Champagne - First in a multi-part series - Laurente shares an inherited diary with Claire that brings her into the world of Diary Legacies. Here, Claire shares selected diary entries from the women of Champagne who lived it - war, pestilence, economic devastation - and wrote their way through it all. Learning to love during war, surviving in the caves of Champagne and so much more. Although they are living in very different times and places; these women and their diaries have much more in common than Claire could ever have imagined.
Claire recalls some moments as a tour guide intern in France. Brigitte is a kid from the village and is an old soul and wise one too even though she is much younger than any of the tour guides in this group of friends. There are nine young women in the group and they all intend on being a 'big sister' to Brigitte or even better, a CoolAunt. Brigitte surprises them all with her stories and local  wisdom  and at the end of the day they wonder who is leading whom? Have they formed a surrogate family while they're away from home or is Brigitte a CoolAunt to the tour guides?
The art of being fully in the moment - on a long awaited get together Laurente and Claire get into a conversation about lingering. What they think of when they engage in lingering - how and when to do it, define it and perfect the art of lingering.
Season III opens with a Special Edition - A  Letter From Claire to the Readers, Listeners and Followers of YourCoolAunts - All of the Nieces, Aunts and Friends out there in the world of CoolAunts. Claire tells us how her diary became a podcast with the help of Sam&Ted.
Claire and friends - CoolAunt admirers all - regularly get together for dinner at their favorite restaurant. There's always someone new joining the group, so the notion of CoolAunts needs to be explained - or does it? Doesn't everyone have a CoolAunt?
Please leave a review wherever you listen.  Claire spends another Sunday morning at Laurente's NYC townhouse and once again learns something new about Laurente and herself. The lesson for Claire is a reminder to be open, seek out new things or change - and most of all - never make assumptions concerning Laurente.
Claire always admired her mother's knitting skill but never learned until now. She sets out to find a way to start knitting and finds the math and community alongside of the craft.
On a stopover to San Francisco Claire engages in one of her favorite pass times - roaming the shops of Japantown. With no particular destination or mission, Claire is determined to let go for a while and just follow the path wherever it may lead - this time it's into an intriguing shop with an even more intriguing shop keeper - or should we say matchmaker? The shop keeper's regal, full length kimono commands attention - but her spirit soon takes hold of the moment as she finds a perfect match that Claire cannot refuse. It's all about trust.
An intrepid mapmaker more interested in diplomacy than notoriety
A biography for Claire's flight to Paris turns into a worldwide journey with the Queen of The Desert, an intrepid mapmaker more interested in diplomacy than notoriety. Claire finds more meaning in the book than expected, especially when she returned it to Laurente.
Claire's photo journey encounters a mystery in one special photograph of Laurente. Claire keeps it for herself - for awhile. From vintage black and whites to recent color snapshots and everything in between - Claire has a  plan to digitize the lot but first she needs to identify and sort the people and places. 
Barret finds and resurrects a Beekeepers Cottage with a French touch. Her new home in this California vineyard feels like a French village outpost - a perfect landing place for Claire as she considers her future in the wine and spirits business. In this episode we meet Barret's newest friends and neighbors - Natalie the vineyard owner/vintner and Tim the carpenter. Landlord and contractor respectively, both have an interest in the rebuilding of the cottage but more so in Barret's counsel and friendship on the porch.
Personal treasures; The things that you'll go back and search for - an inexpensive beloved object from a trip or an expensive gift to self. But you won't search for things that can be easily replaced, things that don't matter very much - cheap throw-aways. A sustainable lifestyle includes saving money by acquiring better things less frequently.
Laurente shares a deeply personal secret with Claire to help her overcome a pressing challenge. Surprised by the story, Claire does not ask for any more detail than her CoolAunt wanted to share in that moment.
What do the movie Out of Africa and Claire signing for her first library card have in common? Claire's mother and a well told story.
Northern California called and Barret answered...she remodels a cottage in a vineyard with her French touch and artistic skill. Soon her cottage is a place for new friends, her daughter Claire, the vineyard owner Natalie and the carpenter Tim. Everyone has a story and an opinion too.  
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Podcast Details

Created by
2 CoolAunts Sam&Ted
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Jul 3rd, 2020
Latest Episode
Feb 19th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
38
Avg. Episode Length
27 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English
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