I’ll be honest, I know Steve lives in a beautiful spot and is surrounded by magnificent flora and friendly fauna, but it’s cold. Consequently I’ve agreed to host a stroll with refreshments this Monday morning so that Steve (and his many visitors), plus Muffin, can enjoy some warm French Riviera sunshine.
We’ll be wandering around our 27-hectacre Domaine, which includes three interconnecting lakes, an arboretum, plenty of flower beds, boules pitches, tennis courts and our yet-to-be-opened 50 metre outdoor pool.
The Domaine is fairly undulating but there are plenty of benches on which to rest weary feet and enjoy the view of the sea, a mere 10 minute walk away. Sadly, we cannot walk along the seashore as lockdown conditions in France are much stricter than say US or UK. Of course, we’ll be practising social distancing and I have plenty of masks, gloves, hand santiser and infection control wipes for everyone.
Spring has duly sprung, thanks to recent showers and plenty of sunshine. The trees have plenty of new lime-green leaves, others are awash with blossoms, the meadow grass is full of all manner of tiny wild flowers and everything is bursting with life and the promise of summer.
We have plenty of birdlife, particularly those noisy black and white magpies which are far too quick for me to photograph. But there are many other birds in the Domaine all building nests as far as possible from the reach of those greedy magpies. The ducks keep heading off in pairs into the long grass, clearly up to no good! You may spot the odd squirrel but I suspect most of the Domaine’s wildlife is out and about only under cover of darkness, particularly with so much day-time dog walking going on.
Steve’s guests often bring some baked goodies for us all to enjoy with our tea and coffee. This time I’ve baked up a bit of a storm with scones, cakes and cookies so please dig in. Any leftovers can go into doggie bags to take back with you. I do hope you’ve enjoyed your little trip to my corner of French heaven and thank you so much for coming! We must do it again sometime. Maybe when you know what is finally over.
As I mentioned above, quarantine is strict in France but fortunately we can enjoy the Domaine because it’s private. Even though we’ve lived here for over 15 years we’d not previously truly explored every nook and cranny as we now do on our daily walks. It’s also given us a finer appreciation of our wonderful flora as we see it changing daily. All clouds have silver linings. You just have to look for them.