Thursday, 17 July 2008

LOL


July in the South of France, Heavenly.

I can't get enough of the fields of sunflowers. I'm crazy for them. I take the long route home in the convertible so I can drive slowly with them towering over me on either side. I arrive anywhere an hour late. 'Sorry' I mumble, 'I've been photographing the sunflowers'. I stand right up close to them and marvel at the intricate patterns, soak up their vibrant colours and breathe in the scent. I watch the bee's busy hovering from one enormous face to another. I waste my time delightfully.

Meanwhile whilst I languidly live my life minding my own business my humble blogspot brings me attention from all manner of people. A request to feature my house on a sales site (refused), an invitation for drinks at a gorgeous house in the pretty village of Lagrasse (accepted), a letter from someone restoring a National Trust Property (answered),a plea to sell an original Medieval House in Mirepoix (work in progress), oh and quite a few people wishing to view Le Chateau with an interest to purchasing my beautiful home ( ********** )

I've noticed that people have a habit of signing off after writing with the letters LOL. At first I thought it meant lots of love but then found out it could mean laughing out loud.

I just want to say here and now though that when the time arrives and yours truly signs off with LOL it won't mean any of the above. As far as I'm concerned the only LOL that I'm remotely interested in is

LADY OF LEISURE.

29 comments:

bodran... said...

Hello . Those sunflowers look lovely even if they have got their backs to me...It's raining here and two ladys are outside the shop under umberellas chatting away in welsh, and by coincidence one of the brollys as a big picture of a sunflower on it Very cheerful.xx

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Raining here too!! Glad your weather is nice though and those sunflowers looks beautiful, even from behind!

Yes, your black and white blog is great.

CJ xx

Blossomcottage said...

I prefer Lady of Leisure, but of course I don't believe you will ever be a true LOL far to motivated a person!!, I like the new clean look to the Blog and I love the sunflowers, mine are at last beginning to climb taller but the weather has been so fould it means they are miles behind.
Blossom

Elizabethd said...

Love the sunflowers, how I miss them, no such thing in Brittany.

Here's another acronym, much used by Americans -ROTFL, roll on the floor laughing.

Preseli Mags said...

Not really raining here, but everyone's still speaking Welsh! No sunflowers yet either. A sorry state of affairs. It's lovely to see them on your blog. They're nice from the back, but I'm just itching to turn that picture round!

Sally's Chateau said...

Happy faces next time I promise !

Pondside said...

I love to scroll down and look at the past photos on your blog - always like a mini-travelogue. You've been busy, by the sounds of it - I don't know how you do it all, and you make it all sound so easy. Of course we all suspect that you must be incredibly organized to run an establishment such as the chateau, all the while making sure that your guests have a wonderful south-of-France time.
It sounds like the perfect marriage of British attention to detail and French joie de vivre.

Grouse said...

Oh! PS is right! You dont have us fooled! Many of us know how much work is involved in running a successful business but to keep at the top of your game whilst maintaining that constant ambience of cool, calm relaxation......art in itself! After this week, what I would do to be sipping something long and cool by the pool and just drink in all the summer scents and serenity ..........zzzzzzz......

lampworkbeader said...

And when you sell Le Chateaux I hope it will mean Lots of Lolly!

Westerwitch/Headmistress said...

Interesting idea to photograph the backs of the sunflowers. I would love to come and 'waste' time with you photographing sunflowers I too think they are amazing . . . then again I have been out photographing grasses with rain drops on them . . . bliss. LOL

LittleBrownDog said...

Sunflowers, yessss! The very essence of a southern French summer. Here's to LOL = Lady of Leisure (could do with a bit of that myself!)

xxx

Milla said...

Yes, I noticed the backs to them thing. Appalled at LBW's suggestion of Lots of Lolly though - what a notion, shudder (to those who don't know, Lolly is the name of my mad bag of fur aka dog)

blogthatmama said...

Have also been completely confused by LOL. Still bewildered, in fact blogthatmama

mountainear said...

Serious landscape envious envy here - enough sunshine to take the 'lid' off the convertible and a route full of sunflowers. Ooooohh! I would definitely take the long way round.

My 'long way home' this afternoon was reasonably attractive but predominately greyish-green and only 12.5 degrees...shiver, shiver.

Cowgirl said...

Lady Of Leisure, Laughing Out Loud, Lots of Love.... just choose the one you really want!

Hi, Sally, come and uplift an award over at my place.

PS - I still want your house!!!!!! Swap????

Faith said...

Magnificent photo. One day you will be a LOL just like me - lol!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I do prefer your use of those initials over the other ones. A much more pleasing thought. Happy summer day to you.

david mcmahon said...

You stop and photograph the countryside?

We MUST be related!

Exmoorjane said...

Oh I LOVE sunflowers....always make me think (longingly) of France......I have three in the garden though nowhere near flowering. bet they wished they lived in nice warm places like yours.
xjxx

Working Mum said...

Thanks for popping in to mine and helping with my sofa dilemma!

I loved the photo of the sunflowers, mine got eaten by snails when I let my guard down!

Will be back to find out more,
WM x

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

fantastic, imagery in word sand pics!! very evocative of my childhood in Provence, spent on our family lavender farm in a 17th farm...
thanks for evoking the memories, only wish l had pics!!

THIS'LL DO THOUGH..
a bientot!
SARA X

Kalianne@theBowerbird'sNest said...

Sunflowers are amazing I understand their power to captivate! July must be a lovely time of year in your part of the world.

Although it's cold and wet here I am cheered by a multitude of little birds and their happy sounds in the garden.

Casdok said...

Those sunflowers are beautiful, i can understand why you cant get enough of them.

Cath said...

What a wonderful post - ruminating and great shots of the sunflowers. It is nice to see them from behind instead of the classic face. I have some growing in the garden - partly my son's project - and they should flower in the next month. (I hope)

I was the same with LOL. Before we got to grips with texts and were "courting", hubby and I would text and sign off with LOL - lots of love. Now, I have got into the blog world and regularly use it to mean "laugh out loud" but when hubby texts, he still uses it to mean "lots of love". Can get quite confusing - "you look great today - laugh out loud". ;0/

Carolyn said...

Excellent post. I'm painfully jealous of your heavenly drives in a convertible through the South of France. Sigh.

And thanks for the LOL about the acronym LOL. I wish I was a LOL like you, but I'm a stay at home mom instead. LOL, Carolyn

ps - David sent me.

Mandy said...

This
Lady of Leisure
is
Laughing out Loud
but sends
Lots of Love

-K- said...

The Lady of Leisure takes a Laugh Out Loud photo. Very nice.

And the rest of your photos (home and countryside) are just beautiful.

Mary said...

I have only been to the south of France once, about 14 years ago and just at this time. The fields of sunflowers were so amazing and I've grown my own tiny field at home ever since. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

farming-frenchstyle said...

Lady of Leisure sounds much better. Will try ROTFL on my daughter.