12 March 2009

Things are looking up

I actually got out of the house for a normal walk with the dog yesterday afternoon. The weather, while better than it has been recently, isn't really what you would call spring-like yet.

Late-winter flowers

I got myself all bundled up to try to avoid taking a chill. Even so, I think my throat suffered. Fresh air is good for a cold, they say, but in my case it seems to have irritated my existing condition.

Woods at the edge of the vineyard

Tonight we are going out to dinner with an American couple who are here in the area looking for a house to buy. That will be a second test of my stamina.

March sunset

I don't think I'm contagious at this point, so I'm going to take advantage of the opportunity to live it up a little — if you can call dinner in a pizzeria in Montrichard living it up.


  1. Bad cold...poor you!
    Drink lots of water, dont under any circumstances have any dairy products,
    take Echinacea (herbal remedy). Soon you will feel much better. Remember, its more comfortable being miserable in winter when one is forgiven for huddeling over the fire than in the heat of summer when you can't catch a breath!

  2. Striking new header I see !

  3. When or if you find the ultimate remedy against your cold, please let me know!!! I've been 'germ free' all automne and winter while collegues were coughing and sneezing all around me. And now that spring is coming, I'm suffering from a bad cough, loss of voice and all the other symtomes that go with a bad larangytis. Hope you'll feel better soon. We are looking forward to the first sunrays and a seaside holiday in Normandy next week. Keep well. Martine

  4. Glad to know things are looking up! I think a dinner in a pizzeria in Montrichard sounds FABULOUS! :)

    Have you ever heard of the book, The Road from the Past: Traveling through History in France, by Ina Caro? It's a wonderful book, and it was there that I first heard of Montrichard. Caro's premise is that it makes a trip around France more interesting, if you select the itinerary by visiting historic places in a chronological way, in terms of what century the key historic sites come from. She starts her tour in the south, where Roman ruins are, and travels through centuries, to eventually end up in Ile de France, to focus on sites from the 17th century. I loved this book! I think of it every time I see something on your blog about Montrichard :))


  5. For Ladybird and Ken and all other cold sufferers, this is my remedy. It sounds ghastly but actually tastes sprightly and good. And I swear it works! The ingredients are easy to find in California, I hope you can get them too:
    - simmer these things in a pint of water for 5 to 10 minutes: 1 thumb of fresh ginger, grated; 4 or 5 cloves of garlic, minced; an orange, sliced
    - turn off the heat and steep for 15 mintues
    - squeeze in juice from a lemon, sweeten with honey, strain into mugs, and sip!

  6. ah, cold remedies and book reports here in the comments. All good things to me.

    Ellen, I like your cold remedy and I'm saving it for future reference. Thanks

    Judy, I think I have "The Road from the Past: Traveling through History in France". I'll get it out and soon....

  7. Another (quick and easy) cold remedy. Buy a small bottle of elderberry extract (aka sambuca)--it's similar to blueberry, very high in antioxidants. Take a tablespoonful, drink some water, as it's somewhat bitter. Repeat a few hours later.
    Meanwhile, all those antioxidants will have been scrubbing out all the germs. It's also an excellent cold-preventive.


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