Monday, 7 November 2011

The Agony; The Ecstacy. Another Eden. Le Coin Perdu

Ocean-front plots are always smaller than those anywhere else. Accordingly, this plot has a very small garden and courtyard. We have always wanted to have a large garden; both productive and ornamental. Now we have found a perfect spot, on a cliff, sixty feet above the main lagoon, with a 180' vista of the lagoon, the strand, and the ocean as well as various landmarks. There are no street lights over there or near neighbours so the absence of 'light pollution' will mean that there will be spectacular night skies. Seven acres is enough to do what we want and the grounds (which have been neglected) are stocked with everything from clove and cinnamon trees to jack fuit; bananas; coconuts; citrus fruits. Dendrobium orchids and other symbiotic plants, including air plants, hang from the trees around the house; there is an enormous loggia smothered in bouganvillea, and there is a cliff path down to the property's own 120 metre lagoon beach.

The trouble is (imagine the dilemma), that we love the current house and the constant sound of the ocean but the other is probably too good an opportunity to miss...Watch this space and, meanwhile, here is a piccie of the lagoon beach; more to follow, assuming that L'OpĂ©ration: Le Coin Perdu proceeds.


  1. That sounds absolutely Edenic. I'm afraid I've given up on my garden, for ears I really enjoyed working in it but now I just see it as a backbreaking chore.

  2. A big garden can become a life's work. Still if it produces as well, it can be worth it. Just about anything will grow here - even grapes and roses - which are deciduous. The trick is to prune and strip the leaves to give them a rest that the tropical climate would deny them.