Thursday, 24 January 2008

Canal du Midi



One of my dreams is to own a house that is approached by a long tree lined avenue so when I spied one for sale I persuaded His Lordship we should go and take a peek, just a little harmless peek you understand. It is true that there are many dreamy houses in the Aude, the problem is they rarely come on the market but all the same I like to keep abreast of properties for sale in the Languedoc.

We decided to take a quick perusal of the area beforehand mainly because a)I fancied a jolly and b)the sun was shining. What better reason ?

We drove through Castelnaudary and soon found ourselves in a beautiful peaceful spot alongside the Canal du Midi, a wonderful piece of engineering from the 17th century and now on UNESCO's list of world cultural heritage sites. At 240km long and running from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean it winds its way through stunning countryside providing boating enthusiasts, cyclists, walkers, painters and photographers an endless kaleidoscope of colours and backgrounds throughout the seasons.

Through the trees we spot the most marvellous lawns sloping down to the waters edge, an avenue of high palm trees runs away from the main house. Is this it do you suppose ? we both silently wonder. The words of the agent form vaguely in the background of my mind, the dreaded phrase 'complete renovation' comes to the fore of my reverie with startling clarity. No this is not it, only in your dreams woman.

I'll take my camera and let you know, remembering to pack some common sense too, once bitten, twice shy as they say !!

11 comments:

lampworkbeader said...

Stop it Saleeey! You are breaking my heart as I gaze out through the pouring rain onto my sodden lawn.

elizabethm said...

What an absolutely fabulous picture, just perfect. don't do anything too insane now will you?

muddyboots said...

l see you are at it again, throwing tasty morsels at us. But l must take you to task; the peaceful lane to your village has the most wonderful avenue of ancient lime trees!! You know hat they say..the grass is always greener!

Frances said...

Bon jour, Sally.
It is really refreshing to have this very quick trip to southern France before heading into the grimy New York subway for a journey to an early morning meeting.

I will take the French countryside with me! Merci.

Zoë said...

You are the ultimate tease! Shame on you! Wonderful photo though, so calming.

Faith said...

Oh thats such a lovely photo!

Un Peu Loufoque said...

I can't wait!!! Follow the dream Sally!

snailbeachshepherdess said...

You've got itchy feet havent you?
C'mon lets see some of these delectable properties that are tempting you....

Cait O'Connor said...

I love the photo and look forward to hearing more about this property.
I have also asked to come back as a cat by the way (in a loving home of course).

Anonymous said...

I love this image. Were did you get it?

Sally's Chateau said...

Anon, thanks, Castelnaudary and it is the famous Canal du Midi, but then the whole of the area is a photographers dream.