Saturday, 23 July 2011

Bastille Day

Although not in France, Bastille Day  was a time for celebration - with French champagne - and a time for reflection. 
Question - What drives an extremely cautious woman to purchase an old derelict house in France  over the internet,?
Answer - An irrational passion for France.
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.  Francois de La Rochefoucauld 
There are many attributes of France (and the French) I find appealing. Currently they blind me to the faults, foibles and frustrations of this hexagonal piece of intrigue. But will familiarity eventually spawn contempt? ..... 7 months after purchasing My French Folly I still don't possess the keys to the house ..... missing mail ......  disappearing artisans ..... French taxation ..... a dwindling bank account .......  
Oh, the price of passion!

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