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Sunday, lovely Sunday

If you want a lovely start to your day...nay, if you want a recipe for an entire day chockfull of loveliness--not just the morning--pack a tasty breakfast (in our case: chorizo, ewe & goat cheese and cow cheese from local farmer, homemade bread slathered in butter with a side of (also local) honey, some fruit, coffee and water), and head to a place with a nice view for an early-bird picnic.


When all are sated, in both tummy and vision, send the significant other off with your child so that...


with only skinks, sparrows, and petrified whales for company, you can work on your story before the pages calcify like those of the tome below:


Use your alone time to plot scenes, to make sure all your story dominoes are lined up, to brainstorm for that scene that takes place overlooking the ocean by listening to the sounds, really feeling the air, the sunwarmed stone underfoot... Write it all down. Contemplate layers and foreshadowing...

writing place

The sun beating down and the rumbly in your tumbly that says the picnic was hours ago will let you know when it is time to head home.

After a leisurely lunch, while loved ones nap, bake fresh cinnamon rolls and brew some smoked tea.  Wake the nappers and set off for a walk en famille.  The Domaine d'Abbadia with a short hike down to the Baie de Loya* ought to do the trick:
baie de loya
Who knows, maybe you'll find the perfect spot to build your future home. I could definitely build a home in that prairie, overlooking the ocean, with a view of the mountains and the Spanish coastline, oh yes I could!   

domaine d'abbidabi

If your day goes anything like mine, you'll come back home feeling lighter and freer and more in touch with everyone and everything around you.
* Bay of Loya sounds a whole like Moya, in Mayotte, which is what the view from above reminded Julien I of (last photo in this post).


( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 26th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
Love those calcified pages! For books that must be read on a geologic time scale.

The very last picture is lovely too--the one of your family disappearing into the grass. Can I have a link to it in a larger form? (Or can you send me it in a larger form?)
Jun. 26th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
certainly. Coming soon to an inbox near you!
Jun. 26th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, what a perfectly beautiful day!
Jun. 27th, 2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
I definitely recommend it as a way to pass some time. :D
Jun. 26th, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
What a glorious day! What glorious scenery!
Jun. 27th, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
And to think it is within walking distance, well the picnic place. :P
Jun. 27th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
What an awesome day.
Jun. 27th, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
It was exactly what we all needed. :)
Jun. 27th, 2012 03:23 am (UTC)
What a lovely day!
Jun. 27th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
Twas indeed. When my incisions heal, we shall have more and more. :D
Jun. 27th, 2012 07:59 am (UTC)
with only skinks, sparrows, and petrified whales for company, you can work on your story before the pages calcify like those of the tome below:

Hmm. When I saw those pictures, it looked like there was a shadow bird on the side of the white rock, and a petrified skink on the other. It was only after I'd read your caption that I saw the tome and the whale.
Jun. 27th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
I'm here to stretch your imagination. ;)
Jun. 27th, 2012 09:33 am (UTC)
*siiiggghh* Thanks for taking me on this visual journey. I needed it today.

Jun. 27th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
You are always welcome. :D
Jun. 27th, 2012 11:27 am (UTC)
Not going to comment on the photos. Just going to point out that you walked all those distances on a NEWLY OPERATED LEG!

Jun. 27th, 2012 01:15 pm (UTC)
And you would be WRONG!

That was on SUNDAY. Surgery was MONDAY. Ha!

Put away that spork. >:}
Jun. 27th, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
The spork stays out, since I know you went to the beach twice since the surgery and that you are planning a third time tonight!
Jun. 27th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
Not the *beach;* a cliff overlooking the beach. :P
Jun. 27th, 2012 04:55 pm (UTC)

I remembered you telling me I should share photos more and caught myself thinking, if only I had scenery like that, and was instantly ashamed of myself. Just because I'm *used* to my scenery doesn't mean it isn't beautiful.

Thanks for being aware and sharing! :)
Jun. 27th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
I have to admit that ocean pictures trump a lot of other scenery for me, though. That primitive response so many of us have, I guess. (Is primitive the right word? I'm not sure. Cell-deep, soul-deep, recognition of something that we describe in clumsy paragraphs about sea and sky and land meeting and ancient memories, what do I know, it's just -- *something*.)
Jun. 27th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, the sea represents so much all once: a beginning, an end, a journey, an arrival. Change and constancy.
Jun. 27th, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
Always happy to share
I love finding beauty in the ordinary. It demands more of a sense of wonder, something I think we can all stand to cultivate. :)
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