Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bliss

Yesterday I spent l'heure bleu sitting on the guest balcony sipping a brut something or other. There was a zephyr tinkling the wind chimes and gazing at the Quantocks, Scots pine,the cedar and copper beech amongst the forest of trees I felt at peace with the world. The small mound on the right is Conygar Hill 11thC which was a rabbit warren (coney - rabbit garth - enclosure) providing fare for the folk at Dunster Castle . A local writer Hilary Binding writes in the local rag

:- By 1266 there were so many rabbits it was decided to exterminate those on Conygar and establish a new warren near the sea at Minehead.

That's the trouble with rabbits - but I digress.

MTL was too busy - silly man - but when I went to get a rare second glass my eulogising persuaded him to grab a beer and join me.

They are not long - the days of wine and roses.

Ernest Dowson 1867-1900


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16 comments:

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Ahhhhhh, Lovely, my dear...! I love that quote, too...And do you remember that film? "DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES"...Jack Lemmon...Not a happy film, but I good one!
What was that you were drinking?
I'm glad your dear MTL came out to join you in this devine relation!

About those Rabbit's...lol!

BTW: Part 3 is up---with even a tuny 9 second Video of my dear "Sweetie"....!

sablonneuse said...

Great, I can get all the photos since the Jake post (but still not that one or some of the previous ones). All that food looks scrumptious - and the scenery's not bad either!

R. Sherman said...

That looks like a perfect days.

Oh, BTW, when the days of wine and roses peter out, the days of scotch and heather kick in, so it's all good.

Cheers.

PI said...

Sandy: just for a change blogger seems to be mucking about - a couple of people haven't been able to publish their photos. Glad you have got the recent ones.

Randall: nice one!

Naomi: I'll have to check the wine. I do remember the film. Jack was very convincing. I'll be over later - MTL is just renewing my passport- not sure why:)

Guyana-Gyal said...

I must sit quietly and find my bliss. I've been so busy recently. Just looking at your photos make me peaceful inside.

PI said...

Naomi: it was Isla Negra - a Chilean blend of Riesling, Chardonnay and Chenin blanc.

Charlie said...

A wonderful view, Pat. That's what life is all about: sitting with your beloved mate, enjoying the day, and getting smashed together.

angryparsnip said...

Oh how funny . . . I just left you a note on my blog about L'Heure Bleue in response to your comment. . .
I love the fact you used the word Zephyr. . .
Photo is lovey too I can feel the breeze.

PI said...

GG: bliss is like dolphins- if you chase it/ them - they go away. You have to let it/them come to you which means slowing down.

PI said...

Charlie: these days it's getting merry rather than smashed:)

Parsnip: great minds...I'll be over to see.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Mmmmmmm. It sounds quite yummy and smooth....! As you said....BLISS!

Eryl Shields said...

I do love your views. I rather like the colour you've painted your guest balcony too. I can't believe you have a guest balcony, I barely have a guest bedroom these days, it's been colonised by chairs and sporting equipment.

angryparsnip said...

PI. . .

Comment from my blog. . . I looked up L'Heure Bleue and it sounds like a heavy perfume. . . but if I ever find it I would still love to try it.

PI said...

Naomi: I suppose it is a poor man's champagne and towards the end of the bottle I add a dash of cassis.

Eryl: here's the thing - it's a trick of the light ; what looks blue is actually white. MTL says I can have the house painted any colour as long as its black and white. It does make sense from an upkeep point of view so there it is.
We bought this house with our extended family in mind and it surely has been worthwhile even if we do rattle around sometimes.

Parsnip: it certainly is heavy which compounded our guilt when we helped ourselves to Diana'a mother's perfume.

Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

Why don't more houses in England have balconies? They're a great addition to a house.

PI said...

Daphne: it's all too easy to take them for granted and in this rare spate of good weather I'm doggedly having my snifter on it.