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OK, I have been back in the states for two weeks now. It seems that it takes more effort to change from the peace & tranquility of country life to the hustle & bustle of city life, than the other way around. In other words, it is easier going from chaos to calm than from calm to chaos. I am having a bit of a hard time adjusting. Not sure how to organize my thoughts or which direction to take. I find myself acting out all the rituals of procrastination. One thing I have been doing & enjoying, is catching up on other peoples blogs. While lolling away the hours in cyber space, I found the above video, which seems to say it all. I discovered it on the blog A Little House In The Clouds. I actually met, Molly, & her lovely mother, Kay, this summer in a cafe in St. Antonin & we exchanged blog addresses. You can read about Molly & Kay's adventures in my little corner of France starting here. Their experiences were very different from my own. They traveled with a group of like minded women, stayed in a chateau & ate meals catered by a gourmet chef. Very luxurious, even I felt a little jealous & I was just a stones throw away. Molly's sister arranges these trips, you can check out her website to learn more.
Friday, September 10, 2010
But here are some very good reasons that I am happy to be back.....
Happy weekend everybody & thanks for following along & leaving all of your wonderful comments this summer. They were greatly appreciated.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
I am taking in all the colors & shapes, the sounds & smells. I do not have much need for provisions now, as I leave early Tuesday morning.
I am looking for gifts to take back to grandchildren, family & friends.
Homemade jams & fruit syrups ? Too hard to carry back......
I will try to take in the simple beauty of the fall produce in order to keep the memory alive all winter long.
Back to reality ....or is it?
Friday, August 27, 2010
The bright orange of these typical French table & chairs gives a punch of color to this shady spot.
In this tiny terrace, a profusion of potted plants creates an enchanting place to repose & reflect.
Old stone benches, like this one, can be found through out medieval towns. They offer, today, just as they did in the middle ages, a place to sit & watch the world go by.
And last but not least, my favorite place to sit, my table & chairs in front of my house. The photo was taken after coming back from the market with geraniums to plant.
Gates, like doors, are entryways into other worlds & with gates sometimes secret gardens.
What you can not really tell from the above photo, is that the sweet little gate pictured, is tiny, less than 2 feet high, bringing to mind a children's fairytale.
This has to be my favorite. Although the gate is no more than an old piece of board, it guards an enchanting garden planted within the walls of an old ruin.
Above is a typical French garden gate. The sun ray pattern is one that you will see repeated through out French design.
What you can't see in this photo, is that behind this weathered & lopsided gate is the most beautiful & immaculate vegetable garden.
New, beautifully crafted gates, open into a lovely courtyard, with flowers planted against an old stone wall.
Some gates are not so inviting. However, the mystery surrounding these entries, makes them all the more alluring.
Other gates are begging for you to enter, while still others make it most clear that what lies behind is strictly private.
No matter what type of gate one encounters, there is always the feeling that there is a story to be told.