Thursday, May 12

“This beauty just keeps shaking me…”

To borrow a line from an Indigo Girls song:  “Everywhere I turn, oh, all the beauty just keeps shakin’ me…”

Our veranda, just now…




Friday, April 29

Rivershore poppies, a la Languedoc

Roquebrun.River.PoppiesSpringtime in the south of France reliably brings carpets of wild red poppies.  Photo taken from the shore of the Orb River, looking north up into ‘our’ little village of Roquebrun, France, Languedoc.

Wednesday, April 20

O darling veranda

DSC_0184aThrough the screen door, from the bedroom (facing south-southeast)

DSC_0188The nun’s bed, for those hot Sonoran nights (facing southwest)

DSC_0190A little mood lighting (facing west)

DSC_0189Door to kitchen on left, door to hall that leads to studio and Ken’s bathroom on right (facing northwest)

DSC_0182aTaken standing with my back to the kitchen door (facing east)

DSC_0185aLooking south-southeast

Tuesday, April 19

“Everywhere we are is Sacred Space…*”

DSC_0179Last night’s sunset

DSC_0181This morning’s sunlight

DSC_0183aFountain view laptop perch (bedroom)

“Everywhere we are is Sacred Space…”
--Marty Weiner (1943-April 17, 2011)

Roquebrun illuminé


Our village, Roquebrun (Herault, Languedoc) with its magic apparent.

Friday, April 15

Apricot Bath


I have deemed this bathroom for BATHS only.  Literally. This way, a soothing bath is only a few moments away at any given time.  No shower grime to clean, no hard-water-stained shower curtains to wrestle.  Just a sweet cottony cascade and a long sheer swag, a decadent collection of bath salts ever at the ready!


My friend Peggy gave me this flying bare-breasted Balinese goddess many years ago.  She said this is how she felt after one of my massages!


Framed island art from Etsy:DSC_0151

Here’s the view out the window:DSC_0155
On the left, thrift store mirror.  Oh so French.  Jewelry hang-y thing that I created by re-purposing a shelf from a broken plant stand.  Formerly-ugly bookcase painted bright white…DSC_0147

Photo below taken while standing in bathroom looking toward hall (the hall that leads from the kitchen to the living room). DSC_0152
Framed art from one of my oldest and dearest friends, Carrie Tasman, Tasman StudioFramed quote from Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey.  Mini-painting of a brown Labrador in the bathtub by Angie Ketelhut.

Little window in hall above looks out on the covered porch, fountain and cobblestone courtyard (click to enlarge):


Thursday, April 14

Fountain-side alcove sleeping, via shaded south colonnade

Our walls are silky, sanguine, incandescent ‘Magic Hour’.  Our sleeping alcove is matte ‘Soul Sister’. Both are luminous full-spectrum paints from Citron Paint here in Tucson.


Here’s the description of ‘Magic Hour’ from Citron’s website:

As the sun slides down in Tucson, the light gets sideways and golden halos transform the desert. Ordinary trees become glowing sculptures and mountains become epic. The drab curtain of the day is parted, and you can glimpse the beauty that's always there. My family calls it magic hour.


Arched door leads directly out onto the cobblestone courtyard.  Here’s an exterior shot of the covered walkway; the first purple door on the left is the bedroom. the second door is the laundry room.  The entrance to Indiana’s part of the house is down at the very end of the colonnade.  (Colonnade!  I love using that word!)


That’s Bella, a sweet girl we’re sitting for until the 23rd… her parents are in Hawaii. I’m thinking everyone got a good deal!

Below is a view toward the bedroom door, standing in the kitchen and looking through the covered porch.


The fountain is almost directly outside this south-facing door!


This north-facing window looks out onto the Santa  Catalina Mountains – the place where Magic Hour really happens!  We can see the mountains sitting or lying in bed!


The bedroom is reached either from the colonnade, or internally by going through Ken’s bathroom and this closet-lined hall and arched doorway.DSC_0136

A few other angles of Ken’s bathroom:


Mountain views from the commode! DSC_0134a