Saturday, May 12, 2012

A French Country Weekend


In the center of the town near our village, a miniscule square of land was turned into a reflection/meditation "park" where I sometimes sit to do just that.


I thought you might like to see it. For the moment the roses are waiting to bloom and it's pretty in its austerity, but not as lovely as it will be in a month. Still, it has a magic serenity and it makes me think -- in a town where property prices are exorbitant -- the powers that be decided a few flowered square meters  around a simple dribbly fountain might give us pause, slow us down and put some perspective in the bustle of life. It's a lovely gift I think.

Speaking of lovely gifts, thank you so much for your kind, loving comments and for those of you who just signed on to follow and, of course, for those of you who have been with me all along. You make my heart burst with joy. If that sounds trite; it's not. It is true. You have changed my life in more ways than you can ever know.

P.S.: When the roses turn "my" tiny idyll into a secret garden, I'll take new pictures for you.

A demain my precious amis.

15 comments:

Deb said...

we went to Paris a couple of years ago, and while wandering "our" neighborhood, stumbled on a small park. It also had a fountain in the center, high surrounding walls and lovely plantings. I agree- what a wonderful gift! it was a great place to catch our breath. can't wait to see your park in all it's rosy splendor

Anonymous said...

The park is indeed a lovely gift.
I enjoy following your blog and look forward to your book. You have given me much enjoyment, useful information and insight into all things French.
I appreciate all the lovely ladies, who allowed you to photograph them.
Happy Mother's Day to you.
marywyatt

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Peace and Beauty...it is so important to (coin a cliche) take time and smell the roses! Have a wonderful weekend!

BigLittleWolf said...

Wishing you a lovely weekend. It's rainy where I am, but nonetheless, my French Roast is being sipped with a view to a small deck where there are potted plants and a few little flowers (Thank you, my local Everything Store for the blooms I had fun potting.)

And do enjoy your Mother's Day (c'est le meme jour ?) - however you celebrate it.

déjà pseu said...

I love a culture that values a pretty bit of communal space. Bon weekend!

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Happy Mother's Day.
Your posts have enriched my life and continue to do so.

Golla said...

Lovely park and lovely post.

Splenderosa said...

It's the small stuff that really matters, I think. Have a lovely evening with hubby & doggie, Tish...

Villette said...

It is a lovely little park, and what is especially nice is that the local people clearly respect it: not a scrap of litter, not a single cigarette end or stray piece of paper in sight. Just some nice grass for the dogs to roll on while their owners sit on the bench and contemplate...

helen tilston said...

Hello Tish

Indeed it is a little haven of tranquility and good planning on the town's part.

Thank you for the joy you have given me. Your uplifting posts, friendship and support has made an enormous difference in my life.
Have a wonderful week
Helen xx

Lost in Provence said...

I love to imagine you sitting there, taking a quiet moment in the midst of your busy life. And I can imagine you because you are so present in all that you bring us here, yes, I am embarrassed to write this but it feels as if I know you! You inspire me to no end.

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Vicki said...

How nice. I love special tuck-away places like this. We need more of them. In my town, one family keeps up a rose garden at the local hospital. It gives a place of calm and respite, down the hill a bit, off on its own. We all need our soothing, quiet spaces. It must be particularly beneficial in urban areas...cities...so that citizens have some green to retreat to, amid all that concrete and noise. There's nothing like the sound of water in a small fountain, in even a tiny courtyard, with maybe a spot of sun and shade, to provide momentary relaxation, which I'm finding is absolutely essential in the muck of some of my days.

Vicki said...

What's this about a book? What have I missed? (I'm new here.) Gosh, I feel like other commenters, that you're a good blogging friend to have! You have the gift, to write, and to connect. If you're writing a book, I want an early reservation for one!

Leslie said...

Peaceful photos and SO important to pause and reflect. We will be in Paris in July and I am beyond excited to take everything in!

leslie

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