After a few weeks of glorious spring weather, the skies closed in this week and we found ourselves once again in the drizzly normandy climate. For a few short minutes I wondered what to do with myself before being drawn to start clearing out the conservatory or “veranda” as they are known as in France. Since I was very young I always had a fascination for the word “veranda”, being, along with Panda, the only two words that could rhyme with my name to create a lymerick, something we did suprisingly often in school. As you can imagine, when I discovered that I was the proud owner of one, it rather highlighted the pleasure of being able to sit in it while trying to compile lines three and four which would take me neatly on to our furry four-legged companion. Planting some bamboo at the end of the garden seems to have become, suddenly much more of a necessity!
But I digress. The veranda is in a fairly dismal state, and at some point extensive renovation is required. Several pieces of glass are broken. But for this year I intend just to relish its presence. To remind you of the “before”, I’ll slip in the photos with the previous owner’s belongings. I don’t believe that he been in here much over the past few years, the flower beds were bone dry and weedridden, and a general sense of decay hung in the air.
After a few days clearing of spider’s webs, the weed-mass in the flower beds and the first attempts to clean the windows it has become a tranquil space that is a pleasure to work or rest in.
I’m having a “Green Card” moment, remembering the stunning conservatory that forced Andie MacDowell to “marry” Gérard Depardieu to fool the board of governers into believing she fulfilled their criteria as a “married couple” to rent the appartment that went along with it.
I’ve brought the old urns inside to clean up. I’m not quite sure whether to leave them in their distressed state or to repaint them,
But i’m loving spending a few minutes toying with plants and deciding what to fill them with.
Seedlings are just pushing up their heads from the Geranium seeds I planted a week or so back,
and I have Allium, Climbing Roses, Peonies and Lupins waiting in the wings for warmer weather when they can be planted into the bed outside.
But for now, I’m just revelling in the pleasure of gardening in comfort.
“Miranda is in her Veranda”