My Mazamet

Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho

Another Mazaversary!!! Also, lunch and dogs

The Ukrainian branch of the family is in a secure location so let’s set aside for a moment all the terrible things happening in the world.

As we celebrate another year in France, there are many signs of Spring in Mazamet. My tarragon is coming up as is my lovage. There are the beginnings of flowers everywhere and the air is crisp. We did something quite out of character lately and slightly broadened our social circle — which I tend to keep mostly closed. Like Mrs. Van Rhijn in the Gilded Age, I avoid new people. We met a lovely English couple, the ones I mentioned who are considering a local property much like number 42. C and A came for brunch and we got along swimmingly, I very much hope they get the place they want here. In case they’re reading this, A should know I’ve cleaned the banister since his inspection with his index finger. It’s a lot to clean, you know, so I don’t do it often!

This was when I cleaned it last time

Our friends from the mountains are leaving the area. Very sad because they were our first friends in Mazamet, but they want to downsize and are interested in the Dordogne, which is beautiful too, so we forgive them. Last week they decided it was time for us to have lunch with K & P who are not leaving town — and again we got on swimmingly. So they’re coming for lunch on Saturday. The extra leaves are in the table, the big tablecloth is ready. I’m going with a classic menu with salmon as the main course. Possibly the lemony salmon linguine which everyone always loves, maybe something burrata related as a starter.

In Rémy news we are making great progress. No more biting at all and it seems we’re clearer on the issue. He doesn’t have a problem with me per se, he has a jealousy problem with Mike. In practice what that meant was that if he and Mike were alone together somewhere, he didn’t want anyone to approach. We’re guessing that as it was Mike who got him from the shelter and did the drive home and all that he formed this attachment and fear of separation. We’re following the Dog Listener instructions (Jan fennel) and that’s working beautifully. Also in dog news, I’ve had a portrait done of Rudy and Morgan. It’s by Louise Poole, an artist in the north of France.

But could they bite like me?

Other than that we’re doing up Summer Girl number 2’s bedroom. Striped wallpaper, different paintings, maybe a chaise-longue. France drops all the covid restrictions this week, so maybe they’re coming. Hopefully. It would be nice if life got back to normal that way. Mike tells me to be be prepared that people have changed the way they see things during the pandemic and many might not travel the way they did before anymore. We’ll see.

38 comments on “Another Mazaversary!!! Also, lunch and dogs

  1. Bizzy
    March 9, 2022

    Normal sounds so good. My “normal” for this year is a visit to friends in England. It’s been ages, at least it feels that way. Hope Summer Girls make it to your place. I’ll play my CD of Frenchy as a gesture of solidarity.☺️

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    • The Pink Agendist
      March 9, 2022

      If they come I’ll have to start researching music again to know what’s new and interesting. Have you come across something good lately?

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      • Bizzy
        March 9, 2022

        For the most part I’m doing classics. So for French music that would be Yves Montand, Maxime le Forestier, even Maurice Chevalier. Aznavour, of course, and Brassens. Paris Combo and Zaz are about as contemporary as my French music gets. I led a pretty nomadic existence for about twenty-five years. Finally in the last year I really settled in here. I’ve been spending a lot of time rediscovering and appreciating the things I’ve been hauling with me, all these years.

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  2. clubschadenfreude
    March 9, 2022

    lovely portrait!

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  3. inspiredbythedivine1
    March 9, 2022

    Congrats on another year in that lovely place! Dogs are cute AF, too. 🙂

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    • The Pink Agendist
      March 9, 2022

      Thank you! I still consider our move here one of the best decisions we ever made. Not to say a house like this isn’t a lot of work, but on the good side, it definitely keeps us incredibly active.

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      • inspiredbythedivine1
        March 9, 2022

        It’s a stunningly beautiful, idyllic home. Spectacular!

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      • The Pink Agendist
        March 9, 2022

        In great part that’s to do with Mazamet itself 🙂 The four distinct seasons really suit us, and none of the them is too harsh, at least not for long.

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  4. Ark
    March 9, 2022

    Another year! Phew. Where does the time go? I remember when France was first on the cards and you mentioning Mazamet and later Castres, and how I smiled thinking, I know that place …I’ve been there!
    Not sure of what or where we are at with Covid protocol in South Africa. Everything seems a bit vague. Normal still sounds …. over there a ways down the line sometime.
    The thought of being able to wander about maskless and trust that everything is hunky dory is a tad difficult to wrap my head around, and I suspect for my family and especially my daughter the paranoia will not easily be shrugged off.

    Anyway, your house looks cracking and it’s nice to hear the dog is more or less sorted.
    Here’s to another year, Mr Pink. and … ‘normality’?
    🙂

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    • The Pink Agendist
      March 9, 2022

      Yes, I remember when you and Roughseas used to say leaving Spain was insane. It’s true that part of the world is exceptionally beautiful, and I also miss the way Andalusians found a way to create fun, music and a party out of absolutely any occasion – but alas, that was a different world for a different time in life.

      I’m thrilled we were in France for Covid, though. Everything ran so very smoothly in our area, I felt safe most of the time. In that sense I think we’ll be wearing masks for a very long time still 🙂

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  5. john zande
    March 9, 2022

    Gorgeous painting. May they live on.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      March 9, 2022

      Time is passing but they’re still on my mind much of the time, which is not easy. I suppose it’s all still fresh.

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      • john zande
        March 9, 2022

        We’re all haunted by those thoughts of ‘could i have done more?’

        This band (Bloodywood) crossed my path last week — an Indian heavy metal folk band, if you can believe it. The song has its moments, but if you skip to 5.38 they talk about dogs and the loss of one. He nails it pretty well.

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  6. Steve Ruis
    March 9, 2022

    Oh, you just had to tantalize us with ” . . . lemony salmon linguine . . . ” and now I am drooling all over my keyboard–ack!

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  7. foolsmusings
    March 9, 2022

    Nice to hear that Rémy is coming around and the painting of Rudy and Morgan is beautiful.

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  8. Helen Devries
    March 9, 2022

    Glad that those in the Ukraine are safe.

    Your post reminded me of when we used to start to open up the house in spring as friends and family would be visiting from then all through the summer…not sure I would be up to it anymore after all this isolation…but I used to so look forward to it all.

    Great news on Remy!

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  9. Kris
    March 9, 2022

    So glad you are investing in growing new friendships! It gives those of us who live vicariously through your parties something to drool over! We’re at least 3 months from planting tarragon. I am traveling now in Mexico and yes things are definitely different. There’s a mix of glee and continued apprehension/deep fear. In some ways that makes it easier to find your people.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      March 9, 2022

      You’re travelling all the time! Are the one who starting spreading Covid? 😀 LOL I admire your bravery. I was difficult before but since the pandemic began I’ve even avoided leaving our neighbourhood altogether. Starting to accept invitations again and inviting people to the house will hopefully change my disposition.

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  10. Susan
    March 10, 2022

    Cheered me up reading this, and super banister

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  11. acflory
    March 10, 2022

    I’m so glad you’ve changed at least some of your hermit ways, and that Remy is becoming better adjusted. Fixating on Mike does make sense. Mike took him away from awfulness so Mike is Da Man! 🙂

    I know you want to see your favourite people again but…isn’t it a bit soon?
    -cough- just deleted what I wrote re Covid because I don’t want to offend anyone. All I’ll say is, be careful. 😦

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    • The Pink Agendist
      March 10, 2022

      You’re right, the covid matter is very complicated. We’re both fully vaccinated and boosted. We also only leave the house in masks. I haven’t checked the details of the restrictions change but I think masks for indoors stays as part of general sanitary measures. I’m guessing the people in our circle are as careful as we are 🙂

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      • acflory
        March 10, 2022

        Ah that’s good. We’re just starting to get the BA.2 variant, or maybe it’s been here for a while but the lack to proper testing has masked its arrival.
        I just got my booster yesterday so I’m still super paranoid.
        Stay well. 🙂

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      • The Pink Agendist
        March 10, 2022

        We were boosted ages ago! In fact I’m expecting them to announce when the next booster is soon… and on we go. We get the flu vaccine every year, so I suppose it’s just one more.

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      • acflory
        March 11, 2022

        Hopefully the next one we get will be Omicron specific. And yes, it is just one more.

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  12. Anonymole
    March 12, 2022

    I’ll bring my white inspection gloves, prepare for a dressing down…

    I fear that humanity has had enough of pandemic and the next variant, more sneaky, deadly and virulent, will be scoffed at. Stay cautious. A mask may save your life.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      March 16, 2022

      We plan to use masks for the foreseeable future. I haven’t had a cold, flu or anything else since mask wearing began and quite enjoy that 😀

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  13. C
    March 26, 2022

    I’m still cringing at his accidental dust inspection 😆 I’ll be buying him a feather duster once we get to Villa E.

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