Tuesday, 2 October 2007

All work and no play .....


All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. The sentiment expressed by this proverb was first recorded thousands of years ago by the Egyptian sage Ptahhoptep circa 2400BC. The business version of that being something along the lines of "All work and no play makes Jack" And plenty of it. I guess this is where the saying 'I'm alright Jack' originates from.

I am the master, if not mistress of distraction especially when it comes to work. Having just tucked another booking for next year under my belt it doesn't take long before my eye's alight on my favourite toy the absolutely amazing Panasonic DMC TZ3 and I'm focusing on an old postcard of Lasserre.

I could simply walk away from the computer right this instant and finish the jobs I started yesterday, last week, last year but I'm a firm believer in always leaving a little something for the next man to finish, in this case His Lordship.

If you peer very closely at this old black and white photograph of the village you will see Le Chateau with the circular heart of the village 'la ronde' in the background. This area is full of such historical villages and bastides perched on hilltops, many dating back to Medieval times, closely knitted together for security against marauding invaders.

Le Chateau in comparison is a rather late edition built in 1800 originally having hundreds of acres in vines. Built after the revolution the exterior is somewhat modest, it's beauty lying within with ornate floor tiles and wooden panelling running up the wide marble central staircase.

Being only the third family to inhabit it in over 200 years you feel rather responsible for its upkeep.

Which is why I guess I can't afford to linger .........

16 comments:

muddyboots said...

oh sally you are a one-woman-publicity machine!!! and, as someone who has visited le chateau, it is well worth the ryanair flight to carcasonne!!!

Elizabethd said...

Lovely photo. How wonderful to be only the 3rd family to own it.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

That's a fabulous photo. Ryanair flight to Carcasonne. Amy's just been talking about a holiday and I'm thinking seriously about it for one of the half terms next year.

Crystal xx

Sally's Chateau said...

Muddy, a one woman 'workhorse' more like !! don't forget though anyone peeking in who fancies a break at Le Chateau that Easyjet fly to Toulouse which is only 45 mins away. (steps down from publicity box in need of a soothing cup of tea)

Un Peu Loufoque said...

Well if you dont promote your beautiful home how is anyone to know you are there! You poor hard working thing but such wonderful surroundings to be hardworkign in!!

Westerwitch/Headmistress said...

Wow quite a responsibility looking after the Chateau.

I have spent all day avoiding cleaning out my two fish tanks. Have now done one - but drowned my credit card machine in the process . . . sigh . .

toady said...

I love old sepia photos. The village looks very interesting. Perhaps next year. Toady

Frances said...

Sometimes, and this right now is one of those times, I just marvel at the folks with whom I am lucky to mingle on this site.

The photo is a beauty, but you are the true beauty.

xo

ChrisH said...

Gosh, that's quite a responsibility isn't it? Still, you've certainly been the right woman to take it on.

Pipany said...

That is one fabulous photo Sally xx

snailbeachshepherdess said...

Only the third family to own it ...there's a book there somewhere ..bet there's loads of stories those walls could tell

Faith said...

I ditto Elizabeth. It must be truly amazing to be only the 3rd family in 200 years!

Suffolkmum said...

Yes, lovely to have that sense of history - and responsibility! Great photo.

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of Gassin a little.All these quaint little villages look the same after a while...non?

It is a good photo though.

Sally's Chateau said...

You bought a smile to my face Anonymous, and fancy you knowing Gassin, a small world oui ? So glad you admired the photo though ...

Pondside said...

Beautiful old photo. Ownership of the chateau is certainly a huge responsibility, but it sounds as though it's as much a labour of love as pure labour.