Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Pomarède



I am feeling quite traumatised.  I’ve just been extracting a tick from Paul’s bum.  God only knows how it got there, we make a point of avoiding any long grass as we know the meadows are rife with ticks that feed on deer and other wildlife.  One of the lesser joys of life in the French countryside.  
 
The raspberry bushes are going bananas so I’ve just been outside picking er - raspberries -  from the garden.  I am expert at choosing perfectly ripe fruits and discovering them hiding under the thick foliage.  This usually involves me doing a limbo dance or standing upside down to find the hidden berries.  


Yesterday we cycled through Pomarède, a small commune with a few houses, church and a popular restaurant.  As we rode past the church a contemporary sculpture caught my eye at the side of the road.


It is war memorial by local sculptor, Patrick Vogel, that was installed in 2003 commemorating local men who gave their lives fighting in North Africa in the 1950s.  I’d never really noticed it when we’ve driven by in the car.  It's amazing how much more you see when you travel slowly.


 


13 comments:

  1. It is disappointing that you didn't post a picture of the enormous blood-gorging tick embedded in Paul's bottom. What was he doing with his trousers down in the first place?

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    1. You don't seriously want to see a photo of Paul's bottom?

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    2. What? No. I am an amateur entomologist, fascinated by the world's 899 species of ticks. Did you know they are loosely divided into "soft ticks" and "hard ticks"? Fascinating.

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  2. I've done more than my fair share of tick pulling this year and it ain't fun or pretty.

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    1. They are disgusting creatures aren't they!

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  3. Isn't that a statue of a woman on the War Memorial to men? How strange - is it symbolic?
    Our dog has a special (Scalibor) collar that she wears all the time, and keeps her free from ticks - perhaps you should get one for Paul?

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    1. The sculptor has described it thus, "Bust of woman, beautiful, with the face composed, calm and dignified but with this discreet sadness symbolized by three tears. Resigned, surrounded by two columns that seem to oppress and support her at the same time because her pain is felt and shared by a country, a Republic, its men." The tick collar is interesting.

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    2. You should be able to buy one from the local vet !

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  4. Spraying ticks with fly spray/ insect repellant will kill them and make them just drop off. Awful how they like to crawl into nooks and crannies ( or cracks !!!) in hard to see and detect places.

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    1. They seems to like those warm nooks and crannies!

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  5. I've been eating Chez Murat for well over 40 years, and it's still my favourite restaurant in the area.

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    1. One day your paths will surely cross.

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