Archive for June, 2010

Scenes de Jardins

June 28, 2010

Last year Alan Moody told me the Maire, M. Emard would like a word. I went to see him and he asked me whether I would let him nominate Le Petit Marais as a garden to be opened to the public for a day in 2010. He wasn’t sure whether the St. Jean Tourist Office would select Le Petit Marais but it would be an honour for the commune if they did. What could I say other than ‘oui, pour le commune’
I heard nothing more. On my last trip, leafing through the Mairie’s free sheet ‘Entre Nie et Boutonne’, I found the following! Click on it for a more readable version.
I’m not there in August, not sure about Chris. Steve & Hil are duty Duc et Duchesse – bonne chance!

Liquorice Roll-ups

June 27, 2010

When I was waged, people could trace my movements from a trail of liquorice fag ends gracing ashtrays in various meeting rooms. Those were the days.
David C, Kate’s flatmate, is much more upmarket. You can see where he has been at Le Petit Marais from a trail of discarded pistachio shells.

McKeown Planter

June 27, 2010

Many years ago Steve McK & family rescued a little stone trough from the river and planted it up near the entrance to the secret garden. Miraculously it is still going strong with thyme, sage and wormwood surviving frequent neglect, regular tempetes and freezing winters.