Thursday, June 25, 2020

Waves of scent.

The temperatures getting up into the high 30's. Sophie and her master set off at 5:30 to avoid the heat.

At this hour there's no traffic but the lime tree on the village green is already abuzz with happy bees. The sound can be heard from The Rickety Old Farmhouse as we turn out of the gate. The buzzing bee tree ranks as one of the auditory wonders of the world. Who knew a tree could be so alive with noise ? There must be thousands of bees hard at work on it.

Home for a cup of coffee and a chance to talk to men in dark suits about the economy. Years ago we planted the area round the terrace with roses and lavender. This years heavy rain followed by heat have made both roses and lavender grow as if there's no tomorrow. The idea was to have waves of scent roll over our morning breakfast. It's worked.

Sophie waits almost patently. She adopts her ' Talk if you must but the croissant will be getting cold '  pose. The pose is accompanied by the PONette unblinking stare.

Some folks clearly don't want to get out of bed . It's a local French product  :


  1. Aww, you are just torturing us this morning, with the buzzing bees and waves of scent - it sounds like a perfect summer day. On the other hand, the dust storm - why is it always Louisiana that gets hit, whether it's Katrina, the coronavirus or a giant dust storm? As to the Bedchill, it looks suspiciously like the table that came with my hospital bed last fall, apart from the electronics. I did think it was clever at the time, but I don't think I would want one at home.

  2. I agree that the Bedchill looks like a hospital table with plugs.
    The scents here alternate between sweetness so powerful it makes me stop to inhale deeply in wonder and the acrid smell of pesticides being sprayed on the vineyards.
    Thanks to Lisa for that thread on Sarah Cooper. I'd seen her in the New York Times, but hadn't found her entire oeuvre. A treat.

  3. Hari Om
    Sophie does indeed look the picture of patience this morning... and as ever, am entertained by the eclectic mix of reading links! YAM xx

  4. A breakfast on the terrace with the scents of roses and lavender mingling with the fresh coffee and croissant aroma. That sounds an excellent antidote to whatever the men in dark suits are thinking about the economy...