Monday, April 30, 2012

Our Old Oak Is A Goner

Wow!  What is happening to our weather.  It seems that the whole world is getting battered about by nature.  What a Saturday it was here!  It got quite scary, the wind was so strong.  Our patio furniture was flying around being chased by our pot plants!!  I was sat working in the office and the gravel on the terrace was hitting the window at regular intervals.

Later on in the the afternoon, I went to take a look out of the window and was so sad to find our wonderful old oak lying on its side!  I remember when we came to view the property that I walked down to this old tree and took in the view and just knew that it had to be this place, even though our home at that stage  looked like this.

I had visions of getting one of those circular tree seats and sitting there on a hot summers evening with the hoopoes and the golden oriels singing their little hearts out.  It is proably a good thing that we never got around to affording the seat!  The best we did was put a table and chairs by the tree and it was just a magical place to sit.

The next thing that we noticed was a tree on the otherside of one of the llamas fields had too been uprooted.  This time the roots had lifted the fence and buckled one of the fence posts.  Chinchero did not seem too bothered about it!

Just look how wonderful the weather was at this point on Sunday the afternoon.  Later on it became as black as armageddon and we had to unplug the TV and the computer for fear of another lightening strike.  We have had a couple of close calls with lightening striking very close by and blowing our electricity out.  One strike hitting the tree at the side of the house.  We heard what sounded like an explosion and saw bits of burning tree flying across the grass.  The tree now has a split in it but is still living.

Anyway here's hope for a wonderful May - my favourite month of the year.  Meantime, my thoughts go out to all of your who are struggling with the weather and suffering far worse than a fallen tree.

À Bientôt xxxx

Monday, April 23, 2012



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Monday, April 2, 2012

Linen Fest & Feather Fetish

I've done it again!  I keep telling myself to stop buying linens because it really is a self indulgent purchase.  Self indulgent that is until I get home and realise that I am in for a lot of work with all the washing and ironing but what the heck, to be surrounded by all this luscious gorgeousness is a kind of bliss.  I thought that I would give you a little taste of some of the delicious banqueting tablecloths and napkins and torchons and linen loveliness that I have just purchased.

We went out buying on a fabulous sunny Sunday.  Up at 4.30pm but it was well worth it.  The skies were bluer than blue with not a cloud in sight.  Look how this amazing tree was etched against the poetic spring sky!

It was quite chilly when we arrived at our destination in the Tarn but later on in the afternoon it was sweltering.  At one of the markets we went to, I managed to find (at last) a 6 meter telescopic feather duster that will reach up to one of the windows in our hallway.  Here is the window in question:

So far, to clean this window, I have had to bring in the ladders and with a stomach full of fear, climb up as far as a I dare, with a feather duster stapled to a long piece of wood.  I know that it sounds crazy but its true.  Now to my absolute delight, I can get at it from the floor.  Plus, what is even more exciting, is that the feather dust can be bent to reach into corners.  I was so excited about this that I began to think that maybe my life is just a little bit sad!