Saturday, January 4, 2014

The only journey is the one within.

The storms that hit the Eastern seaboard earlier in the week have made their way across the Atlantic and are now battering the front door. Bob wakes, promptly, at 6.40 to let me know that a shutter, somewhere in the house, is banging.

Loic, the gardener, arrives at first light to blow leaves. 80 mph gales aren't ideal for leaf blowing but Loic is undaunted. He starts to tell me a lengthy story. From time to time he makes a chopping motion with his left hand.  Loic speaks very quickly in thickly accented French so I'm unsure whether he's telling me a joke or describing an accident in which someone has lost an arm. The all purpose phrase '' c'est la vie " comes in handy at times like this. Loic, at least, seems happy with this response and returns to his leaf blowing. Bob and Sophie follow him.

In the afternoon the Old Farmer wanders across the lane. He has been sent a bottle of wine from Lithuania. '' You must try this. It's wonderful ! " he says by way of introduction. Glasses are produced and we sit in a warm, almost sheltered, spot on the terrace to try it. ''Made with the flavour of Chokeberry" according to the label.  ' The font ' observes that it is just like a wine we once tried at a winery in Montana. Make of that what you will.


  1. When we have a banging door, Bella tap dances on HER...very frightening.

    Love that 'electric' hair in the third photo.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

    Maybe Lithuania and Montana have the same grape growing conditions....

    1. You might be right about grape growing in Montana and Lithuania.

  2. Gorgeous pic of Bob with the wind in his fur.

  3. No doubt the wine is wonderful to the Old Farmer because of its associations. You should feel honoured that he wanted to share it with you!
    Cheers, Gail.

  4. What Bouncing Bertie said is absolutely true. us chills, and not in a good way.
    Long legged boy, our Bob.

  5. appropriate...did you choke or gag on the wine?
    Loved the fourth photo of Bob with the bare orange sunlit trees in the background.... I have labeled it "Do Not Distract Me, I'm busy looking at something."

  6. I, too, like the morning pictures. The light is such a beautiful color.

  7. I thought perhaps The Old Farmer's wine would be the same as we made but called ChokeCherries, but its different. Not to be confused with Aronia, also called chokeberries. Prunus virginiana, commonly called bitter-berry, chokecherry, Virginia bird cherry and western chokecherry, is a species of bird cherry native ... Wikipedia

    Our chokecherry is a small mouth numbing berry that if you add enough sugar to it is drinkable, makes great jam and jelly, but its not the same as the Old Farmers!


  8. Leaf blowing in 80 mph gales? Crazy. C'est la vie.

    I cannot imagine a chokecherry wine - I think it might choke you.