Monthly Archives: February 2011
No snake here!
I can’t say that I’m complaining too much here in Cap Skirring with sunny skies and mid-80s temps, certainly compared to last year when I was walking the dogs amongst the vines of Burgundy with sub-zero winds blowing down my coat collar! Don’t get me wrong! I love certain aspects of winter: quiet snowy days and roaring fireplaces. But once the holidays are over, I can’t say that you’d have to twist my arm too hard to get me on a flight towards a warmer clime!
So, back to snakes: yes, I did see one, just yesterday! Bumpy and I were sitting on the terrace around 3 pm and I saw a “stick”. But I’ve seen those sorts of “sticks” before, it’s the kind that move! We called for Ibrahim (our caretaker) to shoo it away (another term for “please completely remove the creature as you best see fit”). He went after it, but the meter long reptile slithered away to safety. Ibrahim said it was not one of the dangerous kind, such as the spitting cobras which wander these areas, but I still am not a “Fan” of snakes! Are you?
Amazed how much our garden has grown! I loved the light on this white bougainvilliers, but decided to play around with some textures too….
Heres the SOOC.
Sitting in a Roissy airport hotel room, trying to “relax” before a 4:00am wake-up call, I just wanted to drop you a note to say that I’m fluttering between free hotel wifi signals, airport signals, and who knows what awaits me when we arrive in the Casamance tomorrow!
For my 365 challenge, I spotted these sweet little white flowers outside the hotel. Late or early bloomers? You decide!
See you soon from the “Pays de Teranga”!
Recently while house hunting we visited a property which was located at the foot of some rather impressive cliffs. It was rather magical, with stone stairs and pathways amongst boxwood hedges, leading to the top of the cliff. I had imagined building a deck on top of the cliff with a “dumb-waiter” to haul up a basket full of wine and delectable foods for fine-weather dining, overlooking a sunset drenched Dordogne valley.
For the SOOC please visit at Flickr.
In a week from now I’ll be at Charles de Gaulle airport, waiting for an early morning flight to the Casamance. What awaits is a beautiful beach, hopefully warm water, fresh fish off the “pirogues”, and lots of time to…..
Yes, I am still here – just sitting in limbo as France Telecom takes its sweet old time to connect a phone line to our new “home”. Right now I am posting this from inside my car which is parked outside of a hotel in a Dordogne tourist village. Their WiFi signal is working! Vive La France!
So hopefully my fine friends, sometime this week we’ll be hooked up to the world again. In the meanwhile I am unpacking boxes of stuff which has been in storage since 2006. As a friend recently wrote to me “it’s like Christmas!”. I’m getting a real kick out of seeing my crystal wine glass collection and some other funny stuff.
The house is unfurnished (a first for us in a long while), so we took out what we had in storage (more remains in the “cemetery”). We are living with four French farm tables (one of which had its leg slightly amputated and modified into a large coffee table), a “vaissellier” (to hold dishes), and two “billots” (butcher blocks), both are adorned with metal cow heads. Our new LED TV sits proudly upon the larger “billot” (maybe I’ll take a snap shot and post it here for fun!).
Stay tuned and A bientot!
Hello folks! I’m 24-hours late with this, so please forgive me!
Electricity was connected to our new rental house, but the phone/internet line may not be working for a month! I’ve been pulling my hair out trying to make a post however some blog-gremlins are laughing their butts off at my frustration that the post won’t go thru! Arrgh!
Anyway – I’ll remain “zen” and share the love with February 2011 Calendar Wallpaper. Just go on over to my Downloads page. Please let me know if the sizes need modification.
My sister was born with an illustrators’ pen in hand. I can’t draw to save my life, but I have a love of great design. I came across this montage which I think is really cool.