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Roofless Lark

Well Ophelia has passed by, not quite like a ship in the night, more like a fiery fairy queen, a Titania in a rage, leaving a trail of destruction and bad temper in her wake. Here the floorboards only trembled, the sky went dark, the clouds, pink as Titania's fairy dust in the form of sand from the Sahara, trod over down the centuries by camel trains on their way to Timbuctoo, scattered down upon us.

Ah weather! Without the weather to comment upon how many friendships would never have been made? How thin would be the commerce of ordinary, and indeed extraordinary, folk and maybe it is from this abundant subject that Europe's creativity stems. Without the weather what would there be to talk about?

What does one say in the tropics, for instance:
'Hot again today. Phew!'
'Yes very hot. As hot as yesterday if I'm not mistaken.'
'I expect there'll be another storm this afternoon.'
'Without a doubt.'
'As there was yesterday.'
'As there will be tomorrow.'
'No hurricanes, though.'
'Grateful for small mercies.'

No sands of the Saharas, no darkness at noon for them, only ever unrelenting fine weather. Enough to drive them mad.

Anyway at the French class yesterday my teacher said she had just bought a house in central France, in the Lot departement, for 12,000 euros. It had three stories, she said, and was leaning and a quarter of the roof was missing. Nothing had been done to it since it was built 200 years ago. No electricity or even water and earth floors. Apart from that it was fine. What a project! And they plan to live there next year. After a bit of work.

Just thought you'd like to know. At least they will be able to talk about the weather. And it is in a very pretty village. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 17th Oct 2017 - 08:17AM   Posted by Fennie   Roofless Lark Comments: 6

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That is Titania by the way not my French teacher.

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Oct 2017 at 08:22AM

Camilla's Avatar Morning Fennie and everyone,

Thank you most kindly dear Fennie for posting for the larks, and what an interesting post it is indeed. Such amazing imagination!

Yes survived the night no damage here either although it got pretty windy yesterday so windy that when I ventured out into the garden with Patch yesterday there was a fear that we would be swept away.Very Happy

That is a big project for your French piano teacher Fennie the house in central France but exciting too and a lot of hard work one would need quite some dosh too I would expect. I would love to visit the reclamation yards and antique shops there to seek out finds if I bought a house there that needed some love in the way of interiors .

Posted by: Camilla on 17th Oct 2017 at 09:30AM

Fennie's Avatar She's just a French teacher, Camilla. She teaches French. My friends go to her for conversation classes and I go along too, which is good for my French. We just talk over a coffee and she explains new words etc. (For instance when she was talking about her house (see my post above) she was talking about 'pinions' - gables. My French is quite reasonable but it can always be improved. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Oct 2017 at 09:58AM

Fennie's Avatar Glad you didn't get swept away! Yes visiting reclamation yards is fun. I remember seeing some enormous Edwardian baths on one occasion. Big enough to float a battleship - or certainly to bathe Churchill. Would have taken a whole watertaker to fill though.Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Oct 2017 at 10:24AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar My favourite Titania was from Ballet Cymru, a great little company.

Doing up houses seems to be quite cheap in several other countries compared to here, I wonder if France is one of them.
I do like a mooch around a good salvage yard myself, we don't have many up here though.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 17th Oct 2017 at 10:57AM

Faith's Avatar Good post Fennie. Your french teacher must be young and enthusiastic.

Posted by: Faith on 17th Oct 2017 at 11:06AM

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