Dear Readers, do I dare write to you, when I've been absent for so long? Coming back to tend my garden here, I wonder if it will be overgrown and wild with weeds -- difficult to enter. Will tender plants grow here again? I always hope to write while away- why, other people do it! -- but it doesn’t seem to work out for me and my family life (with the exception of that last post - a miracle!). When will I learn?! C'est comme ça.
A fine thing to write about style and various aesthetic concerns with brimming baskets of laundry to iron a few feet away and an invasion of Things waiting to be put away. Straw hats and baseball caps, pretty pebbles, bunches of lavender, and other more curious dried flora nuzzle travel brochures and exhibit catalogues, piles of books and sundry souvenirs, all of it taking on an expansionist attitude as it conquers the dining room table top, sliding little by little into a teetering tower of unread mail. Should I mention the thick coat of dust that cheers up the atmosphere? Why don’t we drape the furniture with sheets any more?
Dare I write when my house is still a shambles from all the various comings and goings, packing and unpacking of the summer season's trips?
I DO! With hopes of sharing once more with some of you…
1935 Peugeot ad illustration by Girard
Some sights cleanse the mind suddenly like a whoosh of fresh air - after making it through the heavy traffic jams on that grand route leading south, that is.
It was time that I learned that 'colorado' meant red rock.
Warm tones of ocher
have a way of spilling over into everything around.
From saffron, to rust and on to violet.
Though we take a short cut and speak of ocher as one color,
these mineral oxides form a wide, warm range of tints whose properties as a pigment are highly appreciated because unaltered by light and weather wear. Just as important, they seem steeped in sunshine and douceur de vivre.
Pretty stucco grapes grace this façade -- click to enlarge!
Now here's some good advice: croque la vie -- take a bite out of life !
Living life to the fullest is easier said than done, but it can mean getting away from the computer
from time to time.