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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Welcome to all our Visitors !

As you can see , "Templars" once again, for the first time in centuries, finds itself at the heart of the community.

Time flies by, a steady flow of people from far and near who came to share the experience of old stones and real history that would not disgrace the pages of fiction.

The "Royal Fire Salamanders" in the cellar thrill everyone who manages to see them skirting the walls and peering from the dampest corners.  They have been joined by "Midwife Toads" who patrol the flagstone stairs feasting on spiders and any insects that come within reach of a deft flick of the tongue.   Tiny "Little Owls" have reared their young again, "Scopes Owls", resembling a huge pair of eyes mounted on chicken feet have taught their two babies to fly and the "Barn Owls" slip out above the latrine and use the columns behind the house as launch and landing pads for their trainee pilots.

Snakes have coiled and twisted, basked in the sun, shed their skins and slithered away in the finery of their new uniforms.

Hundreds of butterflies, each to his own season, grace the dozens of Buddleia bushes.  Our Fennel, 8 feet tall, has hosted the rare "Swallow Tail" caterpillars. The "Hoopoes" came for their yearly visit, the "Golden Orioles" sang from the trees, the "Bullfinches", "Greenfinches", "Goldfinches", "Wrens", "Starlings", "Sparrows" and "Siskins" abound, the "Collar Doves"; the "Ibis" and "Herrons", the frogs and the "Coypus" by the waterside.

Our "Amazon Parrot" and the talking, dancing, singing, "Goffins Cockatoo", shriek to the village 300 yards away as the crow (or parrot ?!)  flies.  Sadly, the "Border Collie" (senior), the "Basset Hound" and
an aged little "Beagle"; deaf, toothless and half blind have now passed away, old age has caught up with them all in the end.  The remaining dog, a "Border Collie" (junior) is now left on ever vigilant patrol.

We sometimes sit and wonder what our lives would have been like if we had never found the courage to trade a normal ambitious life, for the quality of life that we have about us in our odd existance on a French hillside .

Our Blog continues to draw readers from around the world, over 85 countries so far !  We would love to know who they are: we would love them to voice an opinion, ask questions, to be part of a family whose common interest in "Templars" binds us all together.


Pammie said...

I stumbled upon your wonderful home while looking at the local history. We brought a house in La Grenie 18 months ago and I have been very interested in our local area. St Paul La Roche is fascinating. I have been interested in the Templars for many years and have visited several of the more famous Templar places. But I was so excited about finding one close by. Of course we have driven by I could not resist :-)

Pamela G said...

Looking forward to coming over to see you both next week.

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