Missing the country

With winter at its worst in January and February, I find myself thinking of and longing for Coin Perdu more often than is good for me. Winters in Touraine are very grey, dark and sombre. On the odd weekend,  when  taking the drive to Coin Perdu to check that everything is still in order, we arrive at Puy d’Arnac in bright sunlight. Cold, but bright. Misty in the early morning,turing brighter during the day.  Maybe it won’t be too many years, or perhaps even months more before I can wake up on  cold January mornings with sun streaking over my bedroom floor at Coin Perdu.

I love Montlouis and our house  here by the Loire. I love our beautiful town of Tours, a mini Paris with it’s incredible architecture. I love the Loire with its wild unpredictability.

…la loire et ses oiseaux..

But the depth of my love lies at Coin Perdu, where the sunsets and clear stars  keep me outdoors early until late… Where I love the roaming cattle with their undisturbed manner, the bells clinging even somewhere at night. Where I love the buses roaming the skies, where I love listening to the the complaints of the owls in the dark of night, crying their dissatisfaction with us taking their barn…I’ve said all these things before. I will say it many more times. They are important things in my life;  the simplicity and honesty of the country side, where life isn’t always easy, but where the  comfort lies in knowing and acknowledging it. There aren’t short cuts in honesty, no shifting of boundaries. There is no playing around with honesty. Taking on a day can’t be played around with…animals can’t wait for their food, hay will be wet tomorrow if not cut today, the birth of a new calf cares not for convenience,  rain boots wait by the door for a good reason…nature dictates and man dances. It gives life its equilibrium. Keeps man humble, with his ear to the ground, his instinct awake. It keeps him alive. It gives him life.

So,  while I am waiting for March and spring to break through so we can pack and take off to Coin Perdu for the spring and summer months to resume working and restoring our mountain home, I have last year’s photos and many memories to keep me going these next two months.

But still, I can’t wait to…

…start working…

…fiddle in our barn kitchen…

…delighting in simple, delicious food…

…go for long walks…

…revel in rediscovering nature and animal life…

…paint, paint and paint…

…enjoying evening barbeques…

…enjoying breath taking sunsets…


9 responses

  1. Just lovely! I have spent some time in France, although not in either of your locations. I very much enjoy your word (and real) pictures!

    January 21, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    • Thank you so much Kate! There are so many corners of France which are just beautiful…I still have to visit quite a lot -life is too short! Best Ronelle

      January 22, 2010 at 11:06 pm

  2. Bonjour Ronell!
    Thank you for coming over and visiting my blog. I feel I’ve surely done something right to have been deserving to be introduced to you. I am swept away looking through your life. The romantic renovation of your home, your incredible art work…the way you write, the photographs. I will set aside the day to read every nook and cornerof your blog. I can’t the information quick enough to paint a picture in my mind of your life. I gather you are from South Africa and somehow came to be in the countryside in France? What do you do for a living? Many years ago I read “A Year in Provence” by Peter Mayle. YOU ARE LIVING THAT LIFE!!! I strongly encourage you, if you haven’t thought about it, to consider writing about book about your life! You write beautifully and have all of the elements of what I think would make a fantastic book! The watercolors, cooking, nature, the emotion behind it all is tremendous. You are an exceptional person living an extraordinary life and it should be shared in a broader spectrum than here (but please don’t stop!) I can’t wait to here about the next adventure, your travels, and see more pictures. Heavy sigh! What a delight.

    Warm Regards,

    January 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    • Thank you SO much Nancy…you have so many lovely compliments in your comment, I feel completely overwhelmed. Yes, I am originally from SA, but we left many years ago to follow my husbands job. We have been here in France for many a year too and this is now home. My studio is here at home where I paint, so, in short…this is my life! I love your blog too…so much inspiration and me too…I enjoy looking and reading about YOUR life! Thanks again Best R

      January 23, 2010 at 10:34 pm

  3. Hi Ronell! It’s so nice to hear you are still fine, I was desperately waiting for you to post something on your African Tapestry blog, so I came on this one to have some news and say hello!
    Keep well

    February 5, 2010 at 9:35 am

  4. As the morning sun streams in through my window I notice that it will be 22 to 26 today , warm and some cloud in the afternoon………I see Tours is -1 and partly cloudy…I’ll go outside and look at the blue sky…..I bet you miss the warm days….

    February 10, 2010 at 9:41 pm

  5. Sigh! I love this post and thanks for the breath of Spring and Summer. We’ve just had a snow storm last night and though I love the winter with it’s views, I too am dreaming of Spring and Spring training for the canoe marathon. I miss the water so much.

    Yesterday I thought of you as I made scones and did something nice with spinach.


    February 22, 2010 at 2:14 pm

  6. So the time has finally come and you can pull the winter dust sheets off your dream home. Enjoy, Ronell you deserve it. More photographs will be looked forward to 🙂

    April 17, 2010 at 8:26 am

  7. chloe

    great photos

    April 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm

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