Hiding in Plain Sight Around Saint-Rémy-de-Provence: Delightful Design Elements

Picturesque Baisse de Raillon, encircled by a wide trail, is a haven for birds and walkers alike. Surprisingly, it’s situated next to a massive logistics center, fifteen minutes from St. Rémy, near St. Martin de Crau.

Birds, birds, birds. We’re always keeping an eye out for them on our forays in and around Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, binoculars at the ready. But, more often than not, those winged creatures are too far away or don’t pose long enough to get their picture taken. And that’s when I happen to notice the spaces near the spots that our feathered friends have just commandeered as a runway.

As if for the first time, I’m struck by the delightful variety of some architectural and landscaping design elements hiding in plain sight.

Knock-knock, who’s there? Who needs a harsh buzzer when you can tap-tap-tap melodiously to announce your arrival?

You’ve Got Mail! An iron box, a splintered wood container, or a slot carved in stone–these boîte aux lettres are here to deliver news to you.

Fence Me In. Colorful and creative, these enticing enclosures are everywhere. Just look!

Push me Pull Me. Elaborate or plain, polished and gleaming or tarnished and dull, these door pulls will get you in.

Happy Spring to all!

Stay well and hopeful.

Bises, Gayle

PS

Passion for Provence and The Birdwatcher’s Wife were featured in the March edition of the UK magazine, French Property News. You can read it here!

4 thoughts on “Hiding in Plain Sight Around Saint-Rémy-de-Provence: Delightful Design Elements

  1. I loved your latest blog, Gayle. Informative and beautifully written. Keep ’em coming! Katherine

    On Sun, Mar 20, 2022 at 4:16 AM Gayle Smith Padgett wrote:

    > gaylesmithpadgett posted: ” Picturesque Baisse de Raillon, encircled by a > wide trail, is a haven for birds and walkers alike. Surprisingly, it’s > situated next to a massive logistics center, fifteen minutes from St. Rémy, > near St. Martin de Crau. Birds, birds, birds. We’re a” >

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  2. Hello Gayle and Ralph — I’m enjoying the photo on my French calendar of the bicycle amidst all the flowers, and thank you again for the gift. I hope you’re having a lovely March — marvelous weather here for hikes and pooltime. Take care. Katherine

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  3. Hi Gayle and Ralph, Scott did it again! Leave it to him to have a subscription to France Property News, and to send me the article you wrote Passion for Provence with several color photos. Needless to say, I am much enjoying the forward. I’m so happy to know you’re getting coverage here and there for your excellent book on Provence. I certainly treasure my copy. I hope this note finds you both healthy and happy, Katherine

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