Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Leaving Boussac

Its always sad to leave Boussac.  This funny little village/town offers a very slow pace of life, allowing repetition of simple daily tasks and pleasures.  No stress... just a complete rest!   

The weather was wonderful in the first week - really hot and sunny and we spent hours by the pool and in the garden.  We ate beneath the big Tulip tree at lunch time.

I spent time with my long time friend and neighbour Deirdre who has an adorable little house right next door. She has decorated the house beautifully.  We call to each other over the fence and are always popping over for a chat, a coffee or a meal.  There is a standing arrangement that we have each other over for dinner the night we arrive or depart.  

On our second day, Liora, a friend staying with us announced that there was a huge spider web in the Long Room.  Deirdre was here having a coffee in her beautiful white linen gown.  Without hesitation,  the two of them sorted out the problem!  The web was precariously high up and as you can see it was a very efficient operation! 

Operation Spider web - this room has a double-volume ceiling!

Deirdre's house

This beautiful angel was painted by a friend of Deirdre's

Love her cushions!

Another Angel

There was also a great deal of tree surgery going on this visit.

See the man in the tree.. incredibly he never used a chainsaw but literally swung around the inside of the tree "shrinking" the tree by one metre!  Then,..
this view below...

changed to -

this view - because of 

these men who kindly cut back these trees which have grown incredibly since we moved in.

There was also a TV crisis when we arrived... it wasn't working!   This man below,  came along (on a Saturday) to move the dish which had stopped picking up the signal because the Tulip Tree had grown so much.  Doesn't the dish look fabulous there..!

Mustique arrived and hung around every day hoping for a morsel.  Deirdre and I decided against feeding him as an entire gang of wild cats had begun taking up residence in our gardens!  There is an old lady who lives near the Church square who feeds all the strays every day.  Mustique was looking well and healthy so we figured someone was feeding him.

We have heard that there are strikes at Charles de Gaul airport and we fly out on Friday....finger & toes!


  1. Utterly utterly charming! I can't believe you got people around to do stuff so quick tho must be an efficient town. Your friends house is so nicely decorated...that living room and her cushions are fabulous. Safe trip xx

    1. Thank you Naomi! The TV guy was incredibly efficient and friendly.. and Englishman who lives an hour away who obviously wanted the job as he agreed immediately to come out! Yes.. Deirdre has a wonderful eye.. is a fabulous artist and she has renovated another building here which is both art gallery and 3 bed apartment. xx

  2. Lovely post and pictures Jenny, the practical activity was indeed high, despite the calm and quiet of Boussac. Holding thumbs for Friday. xxx

    1. I think you set the bar on the first day with the Spider action!! Hoping all is fine on Friday too.xx

  3. Beautiful photos Jenny. I love your friend's house - the tapestries are lovely, as are the angel paintings. It looks like you've had a wonderful time... it sounds so relaxing, I'm very envious.

    I'm sure Mustique is probably someone's pet - we have friends who used to have their cat outside at night (I know, you're not supposed to....) and it turned out he was going around the corner, up the front of a terrace house, and sleeping on one of the neighbour's beds. They thought he might be a stray, so he would have breakfast there, before disappearing back home for the day (where he would also be well fed). They only put two and two together when he was out on the footpath one day, and they both called to him! Safe trip home xx

    1. I think it's also because this village is completely authentic ... as it is in the middle of the rural Limosin region, very few tourists get here. No English is spoken here which has been challenging at times, but we have managed somehow! Thanks for telling me about your friend's cat...I feel better about Mustique! xx

  4. What a beautiful place and house Jenny! I love your photos--they make the place even more charming. My favourite is that photo of the bowls by the window. I have a thing for balconies (with me looking up from afar) and windows (with me looking out), so for me, that shot captured the whole trip. Have a lovely day!

    Marj x

    1. Thank you so much Marj for the lovely comments! xx

  5. It certainly looks relaxing and no wonder it was difficult leaving. I can just imagine leisurely lunches under the big Tulip tree. What a difference to the view with the trees cut down. (I'm just admiring those bowls too!) Your friend has created a lovely home and the gold and blue in the sitting room is a perfect combination.


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