Panier of Plenty

Throwing Open the Doors

Friday 24th February. I couldn’t have ordered a more perfect day.
Everything has come out of hiding or hibernation – the air is alive.
The first skink scuttles across the terrace, and the doors are thrown
open for breakfast. The hum of a bee; a fly; a wasp – a clear blue sky:
these are the signs of spring as cobwebs float on the breeze – attached
to the coffee pot and even my hair – golden threads in the light,
revealed only when you stare long enough to catch them on their flight,
constantly moving they are now gone from my sight.

I had to pull out a summer dress, packed away in the cupboard for
months it is now in use, the direct rays too hot for Mina as she curls
under the table. I am looking for a thermometer to measure the maximum.
Now it is a buse who cries in the woods, above the sound of the river
coursing through the valley. The twitters are real – beside me in
the tree – there must be a dozen little feathered friends. I am startled
by the low altitude of a giant black flying creature as it skims across
my head – I still don’t know what they are, and they are back – all summer
they visit the flowers, hovering; a cross between a black bee and beetle
they seem too large to fly, too loud and clumsy as we nearly collide.
36ºC in the sun – the gauge is still mounting – a relief after the
‘minimums’ we have been recording…

The official high for Perpignan today was 21º, the same as the
thermometer in the shade.

Canigou, late afternoon light

This entry was published on February 24, 2012 at 10:05 pm. It’s filed under Cat, Chat ou Chatte, France, Garden, Languedoc Roussillon, Lifestyle, Mediterranean, Nature, Photography, Pyrénées, Travel and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “Throwing Open the Doors

  1. Anna-Maryke and pugs on said:

    Hoorah for the sun! Your sense of relief from the depths of winter exudes with excitement through your words! The true beginning of a new year!

  2. You are right! It is so nice to feel the warmth in the sun as the wind abates, and to have a bit of colour return to my cheeks xxxx hugs for the pugs

  3. J’adore les doors…

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