Saturday, 12 May 2007

The Languedoc as viewed through a purple haze


Some people with a warped sense of humour might unkindly suggest that I view life through rose tinted specs and I am the first to admit it might sometimes appear that way. However today I have most definitely viewed it through a purple haze of lavender whilst, I might add, lying flat on my back gazing up at a clear blue sky and wriggling most comfortably on a steamer and being gently soothed by birdsong and the hot sun.

The next batch of 'oh so lucky guests' are due to arrive on Wednesday morning so I am availing myself of the excellent facilities, and why not indeed ? what is the point of working like a donkey if you can't have a large bite of the carrot occasionally or a dip in the salt pool which was a most pleasant 78 degrees today.

The Small Cross One has taken over Le Chateau for the evening after an afternoon spent shopping in Carcassonne and there are shrieks of laughter emanating from the large bedroom they have set up camp in. They have promised, sworn even, to help me prepare for tomorrow's Vide Grenier here in Lasserre de Prouille because as you might imagine I simply have not had the time to go rummaging about in dark attics at the top of the house.

It's a funny thing too how other people view us when they read our musings. Why only today I was told I was nothing like my writing when viewed in person which I find intriguing.

There is only one way to find out though whether I tease and flirt with your imagination as I lead you down the garden path to The South of France and eventually to Le Chateau.

Come and stay or even better drop by and see me on my stall tomorrow. You can't miss me. I'm the one exuding elegance and style. Naturally.

16 comments:

Inthemud said...

beautiful Purple Lavender!
Oh How I wish I could just drop in and visit you , and see your stall at the sale, Good Luck , hope you sell lots!

Mutterings and Meanderings said...

I tried to grow lavender once. It died. I was most disappointed!

Posie Rosie said...

I absolutely adore lavender, but it does not grow well for me here, too high up and exposed I think. Is the chateau near an airport. I would love to come and stay sometime.

Pondside said...

Mmmmm I can smell the lavendar! I am sure you are every bit as elegant and tasteful as your writing, your home and your stall at the sale!!

Sally's Chateau said...

posie rosie, we are 20 mins from Carcassonne airport (Ryanair)and 45 mins from Toulouse (Easyjet, Flybe) We would love to see you !

Westerwitch/Headmistress said...

You never know - oneday we might all visit en masse - until then will just have to keep visiting your blog. I too seem to only be able to kill lavender . . . although I havw one plant hanging on by it's petals!

Un Peu Loufoque said...

I shallbe sending Madem grognonne down to check out the chateau for suitability as soon as I can spare her.

Do look out for some limoge for me won't you dearest!

snailbeachshepherdess said...

And it rains here, and rains, and rains and there you are on a steamer looking at lavender - not that I'm jealous or anything! Could we have a summer school like they do with OU? We could come and learn about lavender instead of computers!

Suffolkmum said...

Nothing like a purple haze. I think the idea of us all arriving en masse sounds fun - a school trip! Wish I could drop in to see you.

Sally said...

It all sounds intriguing! Where in the South of France are you?

Sally said...

I have just looked at your website, so can see where you are! Gorgeous!

Frances said...

The lavender is so beautiful that I can just about catch the scent!
Thank you for letting us feel the warmth of the chateau.
xo

countrymousie said...

I love that lavender - I can grow it here in Suffolk but only in pots and in the greenhouse for the winter.
I think we should all visit en masse - perhaps a yearly get together like the WI - only more purple and girlie!
I wish I lived really near an airport and I would be there tomorrow! I hate the rain we have now and it hates me!

Blossomcottage said...

I must visit this beautiful place soon.
Blossom

muddyboots said...

l love lavender. we have several lavender farms up here in Yorkshire & the scent from them in the summer always reminds me of southern france.

annakarenin said...

I love lavender but am never successful with it. There is loads in this garden just hope it survives me.

I have always thought that the stunning bikini that lay by the pool many months ago could only belong to a person of supreme elegance and style. I wonder?