About… movies, quotes and holiday.

Our this year spring break was like quoting famous movies.

First of all when arriving at our destination, a small village at the french Cévennes, we were positively surprised about the charm of the place itself and our accommodation. Taking a first stroll through the streets in a – still chilly – mistral, which accompanied us for a couple of days, we felt like ended up in the leftover movie set of “Chocolat”. It totally had the atmosphere of the film.

Brouzet-Les-Alès on a quite saturday evening. Not one person on the street. Not even Johnny Depp, although the name of the only bar/restaurant was kind of suspicious – and our second quote.

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But our third quote was the most exiting of all. Remember the movie “A Good Year” starring Russel Crowe as a broker who inherits a Provençal Chateau? Kind of a running gag in the movie is that everybody who stays overnight for the first time has a scary morning moment, finding scorpions in his bedroom. We’ve been in South of France several times and had seen occasionally a snake, but never ever a scorpion. Until now. As I grabbed my laptop bag a tiny scorpion was sitting on it which in the first place I accidentally took for an odd spider. But having a closer look, it wasn’t. I catched it with a glass and forced it to make a photo session before I released it outside.

The little guy was probably quite upset about my rude behaviour because a few days later we found a bigger one on the way to our bedroom. Kind of like he had sent his bigger brother for payback. We catched that one, too, and put it outside. Nevertheless, scorpions in South France aren’t very dangerous. They hardly get bigger than 10 cm and their sting is no more toxic than from a bee. So guys in movies totally overreact. Russel Crowe, a Drama Queen…

That Time Of Year

It’s starting all over again. Mid April, time to start the yard time, again. Still I am a beginner when it comes to gardening and will probably stay so, for the rest of my life. But that’s o.k. because I don’t take it too serious and put fun in front of output and accuracy.

First of all I painted the one and only deck chair we have so far. Last year it was kind of powder blue, this year I covered it in azure.

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Looks very much greek.

Then the usual procedure as every year of replacing plants that didn’t make it through winter. Which in my case is always rosemary. I don’t get it, everyone tells you they are easy to handle, but I manage to kill mine at the end of every freeze. That is odd. I get it over winter but the moment the sun is getting warmer again, it dries out. No matter how much I water it, whether I cover it or not, after the first warm days in the sun the branches shrivel. Whatever. I decided to let nature take its course and get a new plant – together with oregano. My three lavender are still in good shape.

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That’s the proof, my last year lavender looks fine, all of them.

And because I discovered tarragon as my new favourite spice herb I also bought one (actually two) of those. It probably is because in Germany you get mainly russian tarragon and in Valais the french one, which have a more intense flavour, that I like it so much.

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French Tarragon freshly potted by moi.

Besides the plant shopping I also got some new garden tools and discovered a whole new world out there. Don’t take me for a moron but I never realized that you can buy garden tools specially made for women, sorry, ladies. I had to be in need for a spade to made this find.

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No one told me that before.

My new spade…

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Isn’t it cute.

garden shears for small hands…

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Still wrapped.

and I definitely had to get a pair of those.

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Old vs new, guess who’ll win.

Now I just have to start the job…