Yolande Martine Gabrielle de Polastron, the duchesse de Polignac, died on December 9th, 1793. She had been living with her family in exile; they had fled France after the fall of the Bastille due to the intense hatred of the Polignac clan in France.
[A friend of the duchesse wrote, of her final months:]
“She did not stop crying. For six months, a deep sadness, great sufferings without certain causes weakened her each day more.”
A last blow hit her when they were forced to announce to her this horrible news: on October, 16th, 1793, Marie-Antoinette had been beheaded in Paris. This was the true beginning of Madame de Polignac’s agony.
She could not survive the queen, and she herself died on December, 9th, 1793, one month and a half, precisely, after her friend.
A witness told of her death: “Her last sigh was but her last breath, and to tell this in one word, her death was as sweet as she herself had been. She was buried in Vienna and they wrote on her tomb her name only, followed by this mention: ‘Dead from suffering’ on December 9th, 1793.”
Finally, it’s raining!! I woke up this morning at 7:00 am with the sound of a loud thunder and heavy rain. And i smiled because i love it, because autumn is coming, and because it’s the first storm in about 5 months.
Boyfriend is cooking spinach cannelloni for tomorrow night while i lick jars of foie-gras. I had a pretty boring day and a headache that doesn’t go away…
I spent the afternoon with needle and thread on my hands:
After dinner i took some aloe vera pulp from a leaf that i had cut before, and applied it directly to my face, hands and a small burn produced by hot cooking oil… I left the aloe on my skin for about 10 minutes and then rinsed off with fresh running water. I feel my skin fresh, clean and soft, but as i’ve done it only once, i can’t tell if the results will be more noticeable after a few days of use. Anyway, i would highly recommend to get an aloe vera plant and try it.
Sticky aloe pulp…
Well, time to sleep for me (3:00 am in Spain). Good night Tumblr!
Lots of Love…
xoxoxo Alexandra Sabrina
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It’s teatime! I’m having peach tea with argentinian sweets directly brought from their origin. Delicious “Guaymallen” alfajores (a kind of pastries), the green one is filled with quince marmalade and the blue one has dulce de leche ( milk pudding or milk caramel), they are both covered with sugar icing, “Rhodesia” is two thin waffles with lemon cream between them, and “Pico Dulce”v are fruit lollipops.
Yesterday, my boyfriend’s parents came back from Argentina. They have been away for one month because my sister-in-law had a baby girl, Lucía. She’s the first grandaughter (and niece) in the family.
My parents-in-law brought many presents from their country for everybody, including loads and loads of sweets, biscuits, pastries, juices, teas, mate and many other yummy stuff.
They gave me a T-shirt with my name from my sister-in-law’s Scout group “Don Bosco” from Hurlingham,in Buenos Aires; a crochet magazine and a book of scout songs; a scarf ring; a keyring and a pair of earrings; mi sister-in-law sent me three Jack Skellington badges and a cute earring charm.
Some closer photos:
Scarf ring with a horseshoe and horse head, and earrings.
The lovely horse keyring.
Crochet shrugs magazine. all the patterns are sooo lovely, but i’ve decided to crochet the one in this photo first.They also brought a packet of veggie seeds to plant in our kitchen garden when we move.
My boyfriend’s gifts (apart from more sweets!!) were mostly for Scout camps: A mate (gourd) with a matching bombilla (tube for sipping) and a scarf ring, all of them with a Fleur de Lis on them, a set of fork and knife with a leather over to hang from the belt, a steel bracelet, a set of RPG dice and a beautiful lighter with a horse on it. He was sent a T-shirt and a hat too, but he was wearing them and i couldn’t take any photos…
A closer view of the lighter…So that waas all for today. We finished our teatime with some Mantecol, a kind of peanut pudding that is so delicious i could eat a hundred bars…
Lots of love…
xoxoxo Alexandra Sabrina