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On this cold winter afternoon

 

Last night was the coldest night in France this winter. It snowed on the Côte d’Azur and in Corsica. Here the temperature went down to -7, but that was accompanied by bright sunshine both yesterday and today which has made it quite bearable. Right now we’re at zero with sun. I moved what needed moving into the greenhouse and covered what couldn’t be moved. All the herbs have been saved.

We watched the Jeremiah Tower documentary. It opens at Mexican ruins as he says, “I have to stay away from human beings because somehow I am not one.

Everything that is real to me is what is hallucination to others.

The hardest thing about life is having to face the terrible reality that every day is not to be like one’s dreams and hopes of what some future day might be.”

I think the images are from Mérida which is amusing as I was fixated on living there for quite a while. Wonderful houses. Mike’s mother talked us out of it. As far as living in civilisation goes she thought Spain was already on the line, so Mexico was out of the question.

The best of the documentary is the human side (despite his denial of humanity) because Jeremiah reminds people like me that there are more of us out there. Particularly when he talks of realising as a child he had to take care of himself, because otherwise no one else would – or as he put it, “The worst thing that ever happened to me was that I wasn’t an orphan.” I can relate to that sentiment.

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30 comments on “On this cold winter afternoon

  1. Steve Ruis
    February 27, 2018

    Lovely greenhouse/hothouse! And I agree with you about that documentary. The puzzling thing was why he agreed to appear in it!

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    • The Pink Agendist
      February 27, 2018

      The greenhouse is just wonderful. I can keep a number of herbs, which would otherwise not survive, going all winter.

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  2. foolsmusings
    February 27, 2018

    There have been a number of days this winter when we would have welcomed -7 C as we saw -25 C several times. It has been beautiful of late though, so we win :p

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  3. makagutu
    February 27, 2018

    I like that beginning.
    I can email you some sun. It’s effing hot here

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  4. coteetcampagne
    February 27, 2018

    The car says it’s currently 4° but I’m sceptical.

    It is gloriously sunny though and the Pyrenees look absolutely stunning; crisp and clear and dramatic.

    Will be v interesting to see how weather is when we get back in the Aude as the difference between Campagne and Argeles can be quite marked.

    Me? I love cold and sunny as can hide most of me under layers and hats and scarves and sunglasses

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  5. Sirius Bizinus
    February 27, 2018

    That documentary looks interesting. The ending line reminds me of when I used to dream that I was secretly adopted, and that my real family didn’t know I existed. It made perfect sense to me believing I was orphaned and living with different people.

    I wonder if it’s an extension of feeling isolated from everyone.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      February 27, 2018

      I’ve always wondered about that – what came first? Was strangeness the precursor to isolation or did I become this way because I was isolated?

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  6. acflory
    February 27, 2018

    I envy you that greenhouse, Pinky. 🙂

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  7. dpmonahan
    February 28, 2018

    Ahh Merida, the only charming Mexican accent. I’ve thought about spending time there myself.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      February 28, 2018

      Plus real estate is cheap, as are living costs

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      • dpmonahan
        February 28, 2018

        Plus pretty girls and fishing… though I have never been able to figure out how to combine the two…

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  8. Osyth
    February 28, 2018

    Certainly bracing here and I have postponed an intended road trip with my daughter until tomorrow for fear of being blizzarded.

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  9. Judi Castille
    February 28, 2018

    In London and missing snowy France although snow has finally landed here too. I shouldn’t have laughed at my friends in Kent!!!. But Auge is only having flurries apparently. The vaches will be pleased.

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  10. How poignant

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  11. metan
    March 5, 2018

    As always, envious of your greenhouse. I would fill mine with tomatoes and carnivorous plants. 😄

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    • The Pink Agendist
      March 6, 2018

      In the summer it gets too hot for tomatoes… but it’s great to get them going 😀

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