Sunday, May 13, 2012
An exploration close to home
After days of preparation for our first visitors' arrival we decided to give the cleaning and shopping a break. A few days ago everything was covered in fine yellow pollen, requiring a major dusting. The sparkling clean didn't last too long as more winds managed to whip up the dust once again. Yesterday provided a pleasant respite. At a warm 28 degrees it was wonderful sitting on the beach; although no one is really swimming yet. Last night from the terrace we could see some old ladies from the village having a little paddle, while a few young kids managed to splash about in the water.
Today was supposed to be warm but it was cloudy and windy. We decided to explore the woods right behind our house. It seems odd that we hadn't been in there before but from the road the vegetation appears really dense. We found a little pathway and entered a lovely area with old terraces from the ancient vineyards. Unfortunately, not one vine remains standing but the area is covered in stone pines, bright yellow and very thorny gorse, lovely French lavender and an assortment of other bushes. Many of these you might find in your garden. It looks like there was a house there with beautiful gardens at one time.
We will explore the rest of the area another day. One find was a whole grove of orange and yellow nasturtiums. I'm sure a couple wont be missed.