Tuesday, June 3, 2014


A blue skied, Edenic, morning. Bob and Sophie observe the following on their way to the bakers.

Two Sikh gentlemen in purple turbans chatting outside the Restaurant 'Le Venise' just off the market square. They're escorted by the local realtor. The place has been closed for at least ten years. Could it be possible they're thinking of opening an Indian take-away?  How exotic ! 

A thin couple from Bordeaux are restoring one of the dilapidated fourteenth century houses by the church. New grey- blue shutters together with the fresh plaster work make it look rather smart. It's good to see something this old coming back to life. Bob carefully smells the fresh plaster before christening the downpipe. 

The 'new' hotel a hive of activity. Balcony pillars freshly painted and gleaming white. Madame Bay has heard that the hotel has taken bookings from a Dutch cultural tour group in July. The fact the bedrooms aren't yet ready may be the cause for this sudden burst of early morning activity. 

The gendarmes are putting out ' no parking ' signs in front of the large medieval house with boulders flanking the front door ( mounting blocks for horses ? ). The house has a gloriously overgrown garden with a magnolia maze. A source of shade and bird song even on the hottest of days. My favourite house in town and the garden a source of excitement and adventure for the PON's.


Whispering Walls said...

Sounds as if the economy's picking up!

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

it's great to see old buildings being renovated!

XXXOOOBella Roxy & Dui

Fat Dormouse said...

Indeed - seeing sympathetic renovations is a joy to behold! Good to see that Bob is still on "christening" duties!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I agree with Fat Dormouse -- Nothing new that is built these days can hold a candle to the history and character of old homes and buildings.

Homer said...

Wouldn't it be nice to have an Indian restaurant around your premises?

Hope all is well.


VirginiaC said...

Lots of exciting changes it seems are headed your way...I hope that these new ventures will be profitable and help keep the town alive and kicking.

WFT Nobby said...

So glad to see some more lovely old buildings being cared for and restored. One imagines that the fresh-faced newcomers are full of optimism about getting things done quickly (i.e. they have the misfortune not to be readers of your blog)
Cheers, Gail.