Sunday, June 15, 2008

Watching Little Things Grow

Just back from the horse farm, we're thinking about so many things. Aude and Seb have finally found a place in the Auvergne where they'll be moving at the end of this summer, and Isabelle is doing well after her ankle operation. One of the horses was orphaned at birth a couple of weeks ago and takes 8 bibis (bottles) a day! Loic and I come home happy and refreshed after a weekend with the babies. Hopes and dreams of a little fixer-upper in the Alps, these ideas are taking up much of our energy.

Oh the daydreams that a little stone house and garden in the mountains can bring. Even if it does need a new roof. Ideas of a potager and what we'll plant row by row are laid out in my mind until I realize that first we must find some solution to the neighboring herd of cows that spend their afternoons lounging under the fruit trees where our future garden will be. Is there some kind of law that's going to keep us from fencing it off? Imagining we do get it cloistered off. Maybe just some nice landscaping will do. Meandering slate paths and cedar wood furniture under a natural vine and climbing rose covered natural wood awning unfurl in my mind, step by step. A smokehouse! This is the best time, when we can follow where our ideas go, think them through, and then rub out little details like charcoal from newsprint, to work them out some more. It's very nice to play with these ideas, dream about what they might become.

Summer's coming up and we've been eating tons of courgettes. A lamb shank simmered slowly with thick cut wedges brings out the best of early summer. We've also been tossing diced courgettes with cod, and rolling it with eggplant and oven roasting it with olive oil until it forms plump delicious steamy pillows. I'll be sharing some cooking this week, so tune in!



Blogger glamah16 said...

Beautiful pictures.

10:49 PM, June 15, 2008  
Blogger Wendy said...

I know those dreams so well. Mine is based hundreds of miles north but it's remarkably similar.
Hope Autumn comes soon.

10:51 PM, June 15, 2008  
Blogger Maria Verivaki said...

our garden is full of courgettes - come save us, we've been eating so many that we're turning long and green oursleves!

12:40 AM, June 16, 2008  
Blogger christine said...

Oh that does sound like some good stuff!

2:45 AM, June 16, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It all sounds so wonderful-I'm a bit jealous and want to pack up and move right now!

4:00 PM, June 16, 2008  
Blogger Tace said...

Lovely day dreams. :)
I like the photo of the people walking the horse up the road, they look like they're pushing it. Also gorgeous peacock!

3:38 AM, June 17, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lucy...keep dreaming and planning. We were raised in the country but lived for over 22 years in Philadelphia...dreaming of a place in the country that long. I look over the large pond while I chase the crows from the newly planted corn. The potager is busting with goodies....It can happen....vjac

2:47 PM, June 23, 2008  
Blogger Meg Blocker said...

Lucy, I, too, have been dreaming of a piece of property out in the country somewhere. I'm coming up fast on my 30's, and am starting to plan for my first real estate purchase. I think it will be something out of town, small and (relatively) cheap, that I can fix up room by room. Oh, how I wish it could be in France!

8:12 PM, June 23, 2008  
Blogger dinzie said...

It all sounds rather nice ... I'm drooling at the thought of the lamb shanks :O)

3:23 AM, July 18, 2008  

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