Monday, 19 September 2011

Le Moulin de la Tuilerie

Here's a shot of Le Moulin de la Tuilerie, at Gif-sur-Yvette, just outside Paris, formerly the country home of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, "a corner of a foreign field that is forever England" . The picture was by Frank Scherchel, for Life magazine. Right click and 'open link' to enlarge. The mill has been purchased by the splendid The Landmark Trust which is restoring it, after a period of neglect and, in accordance with their general practice, will be letting it out as holiday accommodation to fund further maintenance.

I must say that I miss garden roses. They just will not survive on the ocean front. Somehow they manage to grow, in a sickly way, in the back road but not up here and I have lost count of the number of bushes that we have hopefully planted up and, in a matter of days, watched burn away to a brown stick in the salt-laden wind. Still, the sound and motion of the sea would be difficult to live without now. The only answer is to grow a separate garden inland somewhere. The trouble with that is that a garden can become an endless life's work...


  1. Oh I actually looked in to staying there, I have very high fallutin' ideas for holidays but it was pretty exorbitant.
    I can barely encourage my roses to flower, I'm tiring of gardening, it's hard work with me old lumbago!

  2. There seem to be three units: the main house (sleeps twelve, as they say) and a unit for four and one for just two. If you rent the main house you have to pay for twelve @ £50 each a day,which means that you need to take a house party there!