Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Statues in place


Well, these statues did appear on the TV Book Club film, though you had to be eagle-eyed to spot them! But the village did feature quite prominently, and I'm wondering whether any of you who know Provence well recognised where we were...

No more teasing: it was in Saignon, the hill-top village above the town of Apt. It is a very pretty place, and Ceres and the Water Carrier perch atop the fountain in the square, just outside the Auberge du Presbytere.

  
My gaze rested on the fountain in the square where we sat: black-green with lichen and moss, the water spewing from the mouth of a gargoyle, water as cool and dark as the Styx. 
                                                   
                                                                    From The Lantern

11 comments:

Richard said...

Un bien joli coin, idéal pour une soirée étape. Et puis, après le dîner, quand les cigales arrêtent de chanter et que la nuit noire envahit cette région de Provence, le ciel est si clair que l'on pourrait compter les étoiles...

litlove said...

I watched the programme on catch-up yesterday and very much enjoyed the section on your book. The area looked beautiful (and the rain was even appropriate for the storytelling!) and I felt it was very impressive that all those men who said that at first they hadn't felt it would be their sort of book ended up really loving it - you can't buy that sort of publicity! All in all, it was a delight - and you have such a perfect author's voice for recounting your novel!

Jennifer said...

The fountain is so beautiful. I would love to pull up a chair right next to it and have my cup of tea while listening to the calming water.

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Super beautiful..stunning!
Victoria

Yvonne Osborne said...

I love them, guarding each other's backs. You are surrounded by so much beauty and history. And I love the quote from your novel. Since I didn't win an arc, I shall just have to but the little gem.

Samantha Sotto-Yambao said...

Lovely! Any chance of posting a snippet from the program?

An Eye for Detail said...

Yes, recognized it right away! We have stayed at the inn right there....truly lovely.

Elizabeth Young said...

This looks and sounds absolutely heavenly Deborah. Glad you are capturing this in your amazing story.

Lisa Erin said...

Lovely fountain. The presence of a fountain has always created such peace in my abodes. I still have yet to get one for the condo here. Your picture has inspired me.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

I saw the Book Club programme an thought it went very well,I hope you thought so too. The man who noticed too many sky colour descriptions obviously hasn't looked at the sky.......I'm sure you have many more suitable adjectives in the bag!
It was really interesting to have extra background information on the book being discussed.

All best wishes!

Deborah Lawrenson said...

It is such a beautiful corner, isn't it!

Thank you again, for your lovely, thoughtful and generous comments. To answer Litlove and ForestDW, I was really delighted - and relieved, very relieved - with the end result. The Book Club have no fears about saying what they don't like, neither the panel nor the book group, so it was always a risk. I really wish I'd been able get slimmer beforehand too, but I'm afraid that is current AGE when diets are one step forward and two steps back - they just don't work anymore!!

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