Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
A beautiful set of vignettes Mr Pink. They do tell a tale, partly of tails. Good to see that stitched leg is healing well.
– Esme sending love from upon the Cloud
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Rudy’s leg works incredibly well. Do you know his story? When he was a puppy he had his leg broken and was thrown over a wall into a shelter. He was going to be put down as the surgery costs were in the thousands, when someone we knew heard the story stepped in and took him to one of those star vets and fixed him all up. After she did all that she decided we were the “right” house for him, and here we are years later.
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I didn’t know that, no, I love a good rescue story, it’s so heartwarming, and my Rosie was in peril when I found her in the shelter too. They must be an absolute joy for you both.
– Esme Cloud loving dogs a great deal
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Lovely! This is very off topic, but I was just going through my DVD/Blu ray collection and realized that the “Playing Shakespeare” set I have is now out of print and selling for 167 dollars on Amazon here in the States. Not as pretty as your flowers, house and yard, but pretty cool nonetheless.
Fantastic! Is that the one Mike is in?
It is. That’s what made me think of it when I was looking at your pics.
Looks so lovely! Hubby just mowed today for the first time this year. . (He loves his ‘zero turn’ mower !). We are way behind you!!
What’s a zero turn mower, and should I have one?
I am so mechanically inept that I’m not sure I can describe them. It’s not exactly like a conventional lawn tractor and makes very tight turns. . .I don’t go near it. I actually mowed the lawn for 40 years (until he bought that) with a push mower and loved the exercise. He decided a couple of years ago that he wanted one of those mechanized ‘toys’ and it takes him about 20 minutes to do the job with it, when it took me almost two hours. I guess I was fired. . 🙂
Looking beautiful as always. Also nice to see see your awesome dogs again. 🙂
Of course I am, but how did you know? 😀
That looks so elegant….
They’d done an excellent job planting long before we arrived, so all we had to do was edit.
All? I seem to recall quite a bit of editing then…
Indeed 🙂 They’d done a fantastic perimeter (single line), but then left it at that; So it was very one dimensional. I’ve been layering in front of the perimeter in various areas to create more perspective and depth. Different heights, different shapes, little inlets here and there. Essentially over-complicating the garden to the degree it takes a ridiculous amount of time to maintain.
Those are some funny lookin’ goats.
Where are growing food for, you know, the apocalypse? You mentioned you had a wine cellar right? Concrete reinforced, steel door, provisions for six months…
The good thing about a house built a long time ago is it was designed for life without modern conveniences. South facing, storage cellars, green house, chicken coop. We’re prepared for anything that comes our way!
And goats. Don’t forget your goats.
I’m guessin’ you have at least a case of Cognac, sherry, and some heavy reds — for medicinal use during the Collapse. It’ll take me a while, but I know where you live. Save me a bottle.
We only have about 200 bottles of wine, though. All red 😊
I need to watch ‘Milou in Mai’ again …
It’s very beautiful and peaceful looking.
And we’re right by the town centre 🙂 But yes, incredibly peaceful considering we’re three minutes walk from the shops.
Lawn could be neater.
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Hahahahahahaha. You’re a brave man John.
– Esme getting the popcorn out upon the Cloud
That was the day before mowing 😛
I can smell summer in your garden. I adore roses. Mine need renovating.
Most of the online rose sellers do extraordinary sales, so sign up and wait for the alerts.
Good idea. I haven’t got a decent nursery nearby so online probably the way to go.
P.S. I just got this tonight: https://e.bakker.com/2/4/58/23/CYykGKo7NUnAYBeYdJL8hTnnPDiBIFf1ZOJMuK4BgFI73J1FBuxtwjitRVQAZT3i4sBvaxHq6dTRndyZcWOyuQ
Thanks. I have a metal arched area between my raised beds which could do with some climbers or ramblers.
Splendid all round, Edouard. That first shot has me heading to the book shelf to seek out Colette too long unvisited.
I found pictures of her house in Besancon. There are definite similarities 🙂
brilliant of you to find these. Similarities indeed.
The roses are quite lovely. Have the French managed to breed out all of the scent from your roses? They seem to have here in the U.S. I can remember as a child walking through my mother’s rose garden as a youth and getting dizzy from the odors. Now you have to stick your nose deep into the rose to detect any scent at all, it seems. They haven’t just picked out roses to emphasize their image over their scent. I used to perfume my bedroom with a single freesia blossom, but no more. Similarly our fruit and vegetables look fabulous but have very little flavor.
I have to stop and go chase those danged kids off of my lawn (American idiom for grumpy old man).
So true, but not here. These are mostly old roses. The French countryside is resistant to change. Weekend street market, heirloom vegetables, and people keep chickens even in town gardens.
Hang on to what you have the “future” as a profit-making enterprise isn’t as pretty.
My last rose garden was claimed to have gone back to the 1900’s. Whether that was true or not … ? The bushes had some really gnarled root stocks.
Sigh. It’s lovely. It looks like how I dreamed my life when I was a kid 😉
It’s funny isn’t it, what we thought life was going to be like? My life bears no resemblance whatsoever to what I thought were the paths available to me then 🙂
what a beautiful place 🙂
Thanks! It’s a labour of love 😀
You are very welcome!
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