Saturday, April 15, 2006

Easter time again...

(a photo of 'les Grands Chartreuses' monestary in Isere, France)

Well, it's Easter time again! Lent is drawing to a close, and spring is here. I can wake up now and leave the back door open, letting in a nice breeze instead of an icy wind.

Today I'm spring-cleaning the house and my son is going to mow the garden...(he doesn't know this yet...) So that tomorrow everything is sparkling clean. My husband is in the south of France and won't be back until Monday. He's playing polo there in the sunshine - lucky!

It's vacation and everything seems to have slowed down. The village is very quiet. A lot more people go off on vacation now than at Christmas time. The roads are better, there is still snow in the alps, and springtime is lovely anywhere - at the shore or in the mountains. We spent Easter break at the sea-shore one year and it really was lovely. France had a wonderful coastline - from the rocky shores of Brittany to the high cliffs and large sandy beaches in Normany, and the south, of course, with its deeply scalloped coastline with alternating sandy beaches and rocky bays. And although swimming is still out, it's warm enough for kids to wade, catch crabs, and play in the warm sand.

In the alps there is still snow at the highest ski stations, and lower down there are lovely hikes to take around steep trails to see old castles and monestaries hidden in the valleys. We went to see 'les Chartreuses' one year in the spring. The monks were just moving the cows from the winter stables to the first level pastures, and there was no sound but the cows lowing and the birds chirping, because the monks of the Chartreuse monestary have taken a vow of silence. And along the trail are signs asking for hikers to respect the quiet and not speak. So the whole valley in encased in a deep silence. It's quite lovely.

At any rate, have a wonderful Easter weekend no matter where you spend it!


Gabriele C. said...

We'll go to the Harz mountains where we'll meet with my brother and family. Unfortunaltey the weather is predicted to be very bad so not much about hiking, I'm afraid. Some people in my family don't like hiking in the rain. :(

But there's a nice swimming pool in one of the villages, or we could visit the snake farm.

Sam said...

A snake farm!!!
It's very gray and rainy here too - I was hoping for sun!

Bernita said...

The dark, brooding massifs, the white monastery - lovely picture.
I too yearn for the soon time one can leave the door open.

Daisy Dexter Dobbs said...

Beautiful photo, Sam, and I loved the way you painted such a pleasing picture with your words. :-)

Today I’m tossing my diet out the window (sigh…again) and enjoying a lovely brunch here in Portland with my husband and daughter.

Happiest Easter wishes to you and your family.

Wynn Bexton said...

Enjoyed your Easter blog. It's still way too cold here and rainy. Spring is definitely not here yet. I spent the weekend with my 'adopted' family, the daughters and grandchildren of my Chilean friend (the one who died). So it was a very lovely time. Then I went and had Easter dinner with my son and his wife and my Havana Buddy. So in all, a very nice weekend.

Sam said...

Bernita, Wynn, & daisy - Happy Easter / Passover! Thanks for stopping by!
I'm hopikng it will stop raining here today - but the sky is still very gray! *sigh*