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

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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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