Twenty scarecrows in the fields of Rougnac, a few kilometers down the road. Only the French would take the time to dress up a load of sticks and hay.
|Somebody could use a new coat|
|New born - Le Pontilou|
|Welcome to the World|
|Le Grand Paon de Nuit|
|Butterflies/bees drinking crocodile tears from Caiman - Photo Carlos de la Rosa|
|Rhubarb from Jacs garden|
Blossoms arrived on schedule this spring...
|Our secret garden|
We threw some parties in the Cherry Orchard; it was like a Chekhov play without the Russians.
|The Usual Suspects|
|Lady Sara & Jodie|
All Russia is our orchard. The earth is so wide, so beautiful, so full of wonderful places. Just think, Anya. Your grandfather, your great-grandfather and all your ancestors owned serfs, they owned human souls. Don't you see that from every cherry-tree in the orchard, from every leaf and every trunk, men and women are gazing at you? if we're to start living in the present isn't it abundantly clear that we've first got to redeem our past and make a clean break with it? And we can only redeem it by suffering and getting down to real work for a change. Chekhov
|The Party's Over|
|Sundown in the Orchard|
Getting down to real work for a change...I read Tarot at the Spring fayre at Le Marquisat again this year and Jake & John made me my own Tarot Casbah. It was raining, but I was tucked in the back of the garden with all the geese, horses, dogs, self-important chickens, gargoyle presiding over it all. I had a conga line of clients, so it was a wonderful day.
|Jake holding down the fort|
|Reading for Belle Italianne, Monica|
In May I was invited to read at Le Perroquet Vert spring fayre in Chalais. It was another rainy day and not a great turnout, but as my English grandfather, George Bray, was fond of saying: "Some days chickens, some days feathers."
|My companion at Le Marquisat|
|Pomegranate on Stone - Persephone's Gift|
Gaston Bachelard on Doors, from "The Poetics of Space":
"On May nights when so many doors are closed, there is one that is just barely ajar. We have only to give it a very slight push! The hinges have been well oiled. And our Fate becomes visible."
*Watch for the Strawberry Moon (called the Rose Moon in Europe) June 2nd, aka flower moon, honey moon, planting moon, hot moon. The June full moons so named by the North American native Algonquin tribes, signaling that the strawberries were ready to be picked (strawberries not native to Europe, hence the Rose Moon). We'll be picking cherries!
|Rose Moon over Rome 2013 - Fillipo Monteforte, Getty Images|