Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The flock cross the pond...

Hi guys!

I've been missing...and missing your blogs...because I'm in Andalucia!  I've also been in the Arabian desert and in Malaysia.

Absolutely gorgeous places I've seen.

Four angle beans!  I've never seen these. Anyone grow them??

Malaysian hawker stalls...YUM YUM YUM !!!!

Four angle beans again and okra and snake beans...all things I must grow this year!

Catching the Vuelta (tour de Spain) ending in Madrid

View from our apartment in Madrid overlooking Santa Ana plaza

Segovia - I have been wanting to visit this city since I was 12 yrs old.  Amazing place.

Then a drive to Granada...

View from our hotel in the Albaycin area

The Alhambra - no words to describe how amazing it is

Guess our leaky roof will have to wait...the travel bug must be satisfied!  Our last trip feels like so long ago...I hope our girls are ok a home, the house sitter says they are laying every day and seem happy but I'm SURE they are missing us madly.  Our cat is with a friend who is a vet so I'm sure he's fine too!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Potager of the queens

Yesterday we visited the chateau at Chenonceau...a gorgeous fairytale castle set in the most fantastical of grounds right upon the river Cher.  Perhaps it is so beautiful because many women influenced its construction over the centuries.  It traces back to the 11th century, but the castle as it stands today really took off from King Charles XVIII of France and his wife Catherine Brinconnet who had great influence over its design.  1547, King Henry II of France presented the chateau to his mistress (best mistress gift ever!) Diane de Poitiers.   In the castle rooms there are initials C and H carved into the mantels although Kind Henry II also carved one of Ds as an act of love for his mistress Diane.  What a lady, she was 20 years his senior.  Catherine de Medici later forced Diane out after King Henry II's death.  This became Catherine's favourite castle and it was at this castle that her son Francis II married Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1560.  Now I'm hazy on the dates and hope they are right from what I remember of the talking guide, but loving history it was quite amazing to stand quietly in the bedrooms of this chateau.  I could feel the ghosts pressing in around me, so many of them, the worn floors and slight grooves in the wall corners where ladies must have trailed their fingers time after time whilst coming around a corner.

Anyway, I digress!  This is a gardening blog after all, not one about history!

The potager or kitchen garden was fantastic, I'm so inspired!  Have a look:


Espaliered apple trees border all of the vegetable beds and they are laden with fruit...
Such neat rows of healthy unusual variety vegetables - not a bug in sight, makes me wonder if they must spray although there were plenty of ladybirds and dragonflies about.  Interspersed with the rows of vegetables were beautifully fragrant flowers and plenty of bees - lavender, jasmine, rose...

 The farmhouse



The jasmine arbours smell so heavenly!


The ornamental gardens were gorgeous too but I spent most of my time wandering around the potager
 The potting greenhouses (several) were chock full of yummy greens

I really loved our visit to Chenonceau.  But you know, where were the chickens??

On our way to our new lodgings (the farmhouse not having warm water nor even water that runs at all, bug infestation from the river, a state of unclean that had the children in allergies and a heater that would not turn off - in Summer it's way too hot for that! so we left) we passed through several gorgeous villages.  I'll show you pics of the new digs later.
 Gorgeous Montresor - one of my favourites



 We had a lovely late afternoon visit in Amboise




 Fields of poppies and sunflowers...

I could live in France - easily.  


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