Tuesday, December 4, 2012
When things happen that shouldn't happen...
It is greyish with a glimpse of blue behind those ugly clouds... The beautiful snow that came Sunday is almost all gone.
I am sweeping the leaves from my Wisteria at the front of my house. It is almost bare naked now. In winter the plowing truck throw all the snow in the fountain to melt, and if it is full of leaves it will clog up the drain. Madame Debonneville told me that when we moved in 5 years ago.
I am slowly walking my way to the back of the house to empty my bucket in the compost. We built a compost here behind the shed the same year we moved in. Madame Debonneville suggested we do so, as gardening produces lots of compost and it would save us numerous trips to the "Decheterie". She was right of course.
For a good 60 years she has been growing her own vegetables here, Madame Debonneville. She has taught us so much, helped us when plants been attacked by slugs or pests, showing us how to plant seeds the best, when and where. How to rake the beds, harvest fruits from their plants. Without Madame Debonneville we wouldn't have this beautiful garden and be able to grow our own vegetables as good as we do.
The house is old, built sometime in the 1750's. We are the first family to live here that is not a Debonneville family. We feel very special and lucky to have been chosen to take care of this beautiful place.
Madame Debonneville loves us and we love her. She is a part of our family, an old gracious lady with 86 years behind her. She scrubs the fountain, turns the soil, picks the walnuts from the trees and the apples off the ground. She chats with us and the kids, takes care of Charlie, the cat, when we are on vacation.
Madame Debonneville got hit by a car Sunday when on her daily walk around the village. She is in hospital and we don't really know what is going to happen. Some stupid idiot (sorry for my vocabulary) decided to drive his car with summer tires on in the first big snow storm of the year, lost control of his vehicle and BOOM! She flew a good 10 meters like a projectile her family says. She is bruised but have no fractures although she has hurt her cord and her head. I am devastated. I am sad. I can't really see the blue glimpses in the sky today. For me it is all grey... I am not religious but I will pray my way. I will pray for our dear and loved Madame Debonneville to soon get better and laugh with us again. Things like this should not happen...