Fool for France

It’s getting to be like Countryfile around here. Once again, the daffodils are here. Once again, I’m amazed and just have to show you. You’ll see the rest of the living room soon, I promise. The rest of the furniture should arrive in the next couple of days.

While I wait, I’m also adjusting to how much work it is to maintain this place. Fortunately nothing actually breaks. It’s just day-to-day chores, which never seem to end. It’s a good thing I enjoy it. Even so, without a good handyman who is happy to double as a good gardener, I’d find it overwhelming.

9 Replies to “Daffodils Again”

  1. Magnificent! They glow against that gorgeous blue glaze! Daffodils are the national flower of Wales, and St David is the patron saint of Wales – his day is 1 March, so your daffs are right on time! We have lots of crocuses and snowdrops here – a week or so behind you – but I’m sure my camellias are blooming in Brittany (a pity I can’t see them). Housework unfortunately is a thankless task …

    1. I’m glad you noticed the vase. I love the yellow against the blue, but I was afraid it had disappeared in the photo. Yes, the daffodils are up and the fruit trees are in bud, just a bit. So are the grape vines, which worries the local vintners. We all remember last year, when a mild few weeks were followed by a freeze. Let’s hope for better luck this year. As for the housework, I’d hire it done, but my occasional cleaning lady is a trained pastry chef. It hurts to see her so underemployed. Fortunately she has another part-time job, so I pull her in about quarterly to give the place a thorough going-over. It doesn’t save any money, but it’s less distressing.

  2. Gorgeous daffs!
    I remember the constant maintenence….and the blasted French non stick paint which meant hanging out of windows to sand down and repaint shutters too heavy to unship and bring inside…

    1. Yes. What is up with the paint? I want to get the shutters redone — they need replacing, to be honest -‘ by the company who did the doors. Solid metal, baked- on finish, it all just screams once and done. Sounds good to me.

      1. We had managed the save most of the shutters despite years of neglect but while we could move them while we had scaffolding up round the house, once it had gone you would need to be of superhuman strength and size to remove them so it meant swinging out of second third and fourth floor windows to get at the bits nearest the hinges on the outside…
        I look back and shudder…And don’t start me on the arrangement of ladders and planks to get the hoover up to clean the beams…

        1. These shutters are so old and worn that one just fell off its hinges. Julien bungee’d it back in place. I don’t dare open the ones on the back of the house. The ones on the front sag and are hard to open and close. I was quoted 30K to replace them, so right now the bungee cords will have to hold. So far I’ve been lucky with the beams. Julien to the rescue again, with his extension ladder. But be strong, little bungees, at least until the rental house sells…..

          1. Up on my perches with the hoover tube coiled around me I used to feel like Laocoon and the sea sperpents….and how I avoided an Amy Robsart in the staircases I will never know…

  3. You’ve got daffys already and here in Rancho we still have our winter camellias in bloom. Spring must have started on the eastern side of the Atlantic.

    1. Camellias. I miss my camellias. But in LA, I had daffodils in January. In good years, I had a second crop later on. I think what amazes me here is that a couple of weeks ago, it was freezing. Suddenly everything is green and we have these gorgeous flowers. It’s too wet to mow — another thing that never happened in California — so out where there should be lawn I have these swaths of little blue and white flowers. It’s so different from what I am used to, but it does always happen in early March, even when March is colder than it is this year.

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