Sunday, August 28, 2016

How mysterious.


On one side of the ridge the rising sun paints the sky red. On the other side the moon casts a snow white light across the clouds. ' How  beautiful ' I find myself saying out loud.


The PONs and their master sit on the storm drain for ten minutes watching the mountains turn slowly pink, then orange before they finally meld into the purply-grey heat haze. The PONs sit in silence. The itinerant Spanish melon pickers pass by in their convoy of little SEAT vans. The farmer in his little white Renault waves at us.


'The Font' has returned with the Americans. At night, in the mountains, the temperature dropped to a refreshing 11 degrees. 'The Fonts' timing was out by a day. Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far. 41 degrees in the afternoon. Still 35 as we set up the table on the terrace for dinner.


The Americans discover that the little village is a way point for female Spanish students trekking up the mountains.  The Americans become enthusiastic trekkers. 'The Font' enjoys glorious peace and quiet.


Over breakfast 'The Font' announces that it might be a good idea to rent a house in the mountains next summer. A perfect way to exercise the dogs ( and ourselves ) and escape the heat. Angus looks at the proposed rental and is less than convinced. Rusticity and comfort are often mutually exclusive.


On our way home from our morning walk we bump into the mayor who is replacing a dead hydrangea in the flower bed behind the Salle des Fetes. Sophie gets a tickle. I ask him about the three women who came to the front gate wanting to use our garden for aperitifs. The mayor has no idea who they might be. He says that there are no weddings planned for the rest of the year. 

How mysterious.



16 comments:

  1. 41 degrees!!!! I'd definitely go for the mountain retreat. I'm sure the PONs would like it too. Cheers, Gail.

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    1. 35 is manageable. 41 is too much.

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  2. Can be hot in the mountains too ! How mysterious indeed about the three women - surely it's not the latest scam? Sounds suspicious.

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    1. At least in the mountains you stand the chance of catching the breeze. Yesterday was just hot and unrelenting.

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  3. I am starting to think it's a good idea to photograph everybody. Were they staking out your place to burglarize?

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    1. I'm in agreement with those who think there is something fishy going down.

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    2. My reaction, too, but that might be old-time Manhattan paranoia kicking in. Three comely lasses as the vanguard of a burglary ring?

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  4. Luxury and comfort is what I seek in a holiday too...must come with age. Although Kitty would like the 'shed in the wilderness' idea.

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    1. It's the hour fifteen ride to the grocery store that strikes me as a practicality that could be done without.

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  5. Very strange indeed. I would be extra cautious in locking up. Or leaving the house unattended. Perhaps the college students could install a lovely wireless security camera for you. I've found that age is very adept at all things wire less.
    Pam, keeper of the wee Scottie girls, Bonnie n Kenzie

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    1. What a good idea. In the absence of the Cost Centres we wait for the arrival of eraly twenty somethings from the US before attempting anything too technically challenging. They hav set up the voice recognition system in the new Volvo and got the onboard computer linked to our i-Phones so that at night the lights come on at home when we're two minutes away from the front door.

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  6. What glorious pictures of the mountains and Sophie. The weather forecast I’m seeing indicates it may have been a little cooler today? I hope so.

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    1. Cooler but as humid as Louisiana.

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  7. Stunning and beautiful photos today, Angus! Both are views I'd never grow tired of in any season! Brutally hot temperatures here as well even with Labor Day coming next weekend that marks the end of summer.

    I hope there was nothing more to your garden visitors than just wanting a place to enjoy a small drink.

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  8. In the second photo, one can imagine the PONs watching over their flock...
    Laughed at the boys trying to 'happen by chance' on the Spanish trekking females...

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  9. Bob's country definitely has beautiful views! I'm happy the Americans came back, for a final good bye, that way Sophie won't feel jilted. One must be careful in today's world, but maybe the bride-to-be was trying to find the venue for the aperitifs, before booking the wedding venue. In any event, your garden is very special, and requires a special person (someone you know and love ) to have vows spoken there!

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