Monday, October 31, 2011
My embarassment only grew worse as I walked in the open doors. There was M. the Farmer, laughing at me! In his almost incomprehensible patois, he giggled, 'I thought maybe you were the new priest with that stuff...ha, ha, ha. But no, you can't be the priest...ha, ha, ha...unless they've changed the rules...ha, ha. ha! I had to giggle along with him...no, monsieur, not me! I'm just the not French, not Catholic crazy woman carrying the priest's things!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
It's been fun to compare this fall and its colors with last year's fall. I think everything is just as brilliant this year, but the wind has been blowing on and off which has stripped some of the pretty leaves from their branches before they were really ready to fall. The locals call this wind 'vent de fou' or crazy wind. I guess because it makes you crazy if it blows long enough! This morning the wind is warm, thank goodness. As winter approaches I'm sure it will blow icy cold. These pretty red leaves stretch their slender fingers on a protected side of a neighbor's house. It's almost as if they're trying to get into that shuttered window before winter truly arrives and they wither away.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
When I stand at the wall of windows in my dining room, this is what I see....Laury's barn. We laugh that I actually have a better view of it from my house than she does from hers! It's so pretty, and she's done so much work to get it looking like this. If you're interested in how she's restoring it, you can click here and read her blog accounts of this 'barn of her heart'. On the far right, you can just barely see the roof of the lavoir. It rained a little this morning, so there is some water flowing thru it today. Not enough, though, for me to be able to tell if I can hear it when it rushes like I could from Laury's house. I hope I can; I loved that sound! Below is a 'before' photo of the barn that I took on my first visit to Cadrieu in 2009...
Monday, October 24, 2011
This is the view from my bedroom window. That's Saujac on the other side of the Lot. You can see the church steeple; at night it's illuminated, so no matter what time I get up and look out my window, I can see the church keeping company with the myriad of stars that twinkle over the causse. When the weather is warm enough to have the windows open, I can hear the church bells chime the hour and half hour.
Last winter when I blogged from Laury's house, I used "View From My Window" for the blog titles I wrote that expressed my opinions and views about France, the US, and the world. Now that I live here, I'll be using this 'view' for those posts. When you see this view of Saujac, you'll know there is an opinion coming. You are forewarned that the opinions expressed are mine alone!
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Have you seen my shower?? C'est tres magnifique! Just look at all those gadgets! It's definitely not something I'd ordinarily have for myself, but it's here, it's so Patrick, and I love it! It's totally enclosed, so unless I have the fan on, it functions as a steam shower. I can shower with the regular shower head at the left, or I can turn on the 'rain' head on top. Then it's like standing under a gentle waterfall or standing in a warm rain. The jets across the back allow me to have directed, pulsating spray in two different areas. Great for sore muscles. I can even sit down in front of them to further direct their massaging action. It has a light and as I said above, a fan. Oh yes...it's also equipped with an FM radio! I can listen to French music while I shower. What luxury!
Saturday, October 22, 2011
third one done on canvas, and as soon as it's ready, I'll hang all three. I brought some of my other framed photos. Hanging them on my walls really make it feel more like home since all the furniture was already here. I still have a few things to purchase...like an area rug for this living room, a couple of throw rugs for the kitchen, some table linen, a desk, and maybe a DVD player. But the house is very live-able just as it is. For that, I'm very grateful!
This is my room. While the bedspread isn't exactly what I would have chosen, it does go nicely with my hollyhock photos. The other three hollyhocks are on the right wall. Lucie doesn't seem to mind the bright colors at all!
The French do bathrooms in such a civilized way. Open the door marked 'Eiffel Tower' and what do you find?
The toilet in its own petite room! I'll share the rest of the bathroom story another time. You won't want to miss it!
Friday, October 21, 2011
click here.) She managed to get me as well as the back of my house behind me. That long wall of windows is the enclosed terrace, now a dining room. There are two sliders that open into the backyard. The other little windows open into the salle de bain and le toilette. While I wish the house renovation had preserved some of the historic details inside, it's clean and very comfortable. And I'm not complaining about any of the modern touches!
The dining room. If I ever get really brave, I may throw a big dinner party and fill this table!
The kitchen is fully electric and equipped with dishwasher, conventional/convection oven and a ceramic stove top. It's big enough to accommodate a table that will expand to seat 6. We'll continue the tour next time...
Thursday, October 20, 2011
While I still don't have my own phone/internet connection, I decided I better use Laury's wireless to blog before my friends and family fear I have fallen off the edge of the earth! Everything is good here....just no internet yet. I'm sure you're curious about my little French train house. Well, here it is...PN 434. PN stands for passage a niveau and each railroad house along the train line is numbered PN ___. I live in PN 434. Passage a niveau means 'level crossing' in French, hence the house is located where the tracks make a level crossing over a road. Here at my house the tracks cross Les Hortes just outside my back door. I'm almost disappointed that the trains no longer run. How fun it would be to see one chugging by my gate! This house has been renovated with the back terrace being enclosed. It now houses a dining room table that can seat 12 and a huge china hutch.
These windows open onto my kitchen and my living room...
This is the front of the house that faces the river. The second floor windows open to my bedroom where I have a wonderful view of both the river and the village of Saujac on the other side of it. You can also see part of the dining room windows on the left. Look up! See my big neighbor? That's the Chateau looming large above me. I'll share more photos of the inside soon.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Yesterday, Jean took Laury and I into Figeac and I bought a washing machine, a microwave and an iron. I'm a happy camper! And once my washer arrives next week, I'll be a happy camper in clean clothes. Once France Telecom activates my phone/internet line, I'll be connected to the world and blogging will be much easier. Maybe by then, I'll have some current photos to share!
Monday, October 3, 2011
No photo today, but I do want to let the world know that I've arrived safely in France and have moved into my new home! My trip went smoothly, the weather has been perfect, and Lucie remembers me...life is good! Posting may be spotty for awhile until I get my phone/internet hooked up. I couldn't be more delighted to be here.