EZE YOURSELF INTO A MOMENT IN A FRENCH MEDIEVAL VILLAGE

SEAN B FRASER

We leave Villefranche-sur-Mer and continue on to our next stop which is the medieval village of Eze.

As we climb the Moyenne Corniche we have time for one last look at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

We are at the village of Eze and this is what it’s all about. This astonishing medieval village hovers on a rock terrace 429 meters high above the Mediterranean Sea and has a panorama that I imagine you would get from a lofty nest perched high on a precipitous landscape far above the surging waves below. The view leaves me breathless.

Eze is a typical French medieval village made up of narrow lanes and stone buildings which  capture the local heritage and history of centuries ago. It’s like an outdoor museum, it’s so authentic.

For instance the oldest building in Eze is the Chapelle de la Sainte Croix and this dates back to 1306. Life back then was a bit harsh to…

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LONG SKINNY AND GREEN

I live in an apartment, so I don’t think much of grass. It’s just the green background to my busy life but as soon as I visit the countryside strange thoughts consume my mind.

Grasses have a very simple way of life. They just stand there drawing energy from the Sun enjoying a symbiotic relationship with the natural soil environment which teems with bacteria, fungus and earthworms.

I part the grass to see what’s beneath and lay my fingers upon a dusty heart. Thrusting up through the soil are countless blades that break into waves of greenness that spill across the paddocks. I can clearly hear the whisper of grow, grow, grow.

As autumn draws to an end the bureau says a couple of snow-bearing cold fronts are on the cards. As a natural response to protect its crowns from which grass blades grow the grass will become dormant. This death like state turns the grass a sleep-tinted gold which will last until it becomes green again in spring.

PARTLY CLOUDY

tides-out

The small fishing boat has pulled away from the shore. Two young women sit on the sand waiting. A dog chases the uncatchable.

It has been a hot and drowsy day, not a day for fishing and not a day for taking a walk along the bay.

The sky is grayer than the water and the tide is far out, as far as possible. The sea birds are aloft heading for their roost on Five Islands Nature Reserve off the Illawarra east coast.

ready-to-launch

A lone gull sits atop a pole waiting to launch into the light blue air.

COUNTRY DRIVEWAY

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The air is sunny and the chill wind of spring-time blows from behind. The traveller arrives at the long rural driveway and he knows he’s at home.

The dark arms of the trees form a circling overhead and the tree-tops meet and greet each other. Flowers and grass spring beneath their feet.Well-worn tracks lead out to the pasture slope and up to the white country home. The horses stand in wait at the pasture fence.

City life dilutes my blood and dulls my thinking but I get relief when I stop to hear the voice of the wind, the livestock and the birds. In the peace my memory stretches back to earlier years.

white-house

 

COUNTRY WALK

pond

While walking in the country side I came to a pond. It is nowhere near big enough to sail a yacht upon and is probably only five feet wide and twenty feet long.

The trees gloomy and green cast a still shadow and a dragonfly skitters across the water. The frogs call all day long hoping their croak will attract a partner. The black swamp wallaby drinks and grazes where clusters of the small yellow flowers grow.

It might be humble pond but it has a unique charm and when the light penetrates all the way to the bottom you can see the teeming variety of animals and plants. Rarely do they move to another pond as they never have the inclination to escape their world.

THE FENCE IS DOWN AND THE SHEEP HAVE RUN AWAY

broken-fence

The green grass in the paddock slides off into the blue sky. Sensing the fence is down the flock congregates. They bleat, grunt, and snort but are not sure of their next move.

Their natural inclination is to follow a leader but being sheep they don’t have leaders they are all followers. Then suddenly movement, and as one they run out into the sun lit paddock and head up the hill.

Shadows and dips in the ground caused them to hesitate for a moment but being a prey species, they once again run off like they’re fleeing the danger of an unseen hungry predator. The sheep have escaped.