Just to say I am off for another Spanish/French adventure. I hope to check in whilst I’m away, internet connection permitting, otherwise I’ll be back soon. Thanks to my friend who is taking care of my place in my absence, don’t forget the plants!
Feeling a bit low because of this cold that is rapidly turning into a cough. Just how much fluid am I expected to drink? I was craving some honey but I found that all the old stuff had crystallized into sugar, I don’t eat much of it although I do like it, but this is what happens when honey is left untouched for months. Why do I have to get a cold now in the Spring, too much mental congestion and now I’m reaping the rewards of too much going on. I am hoping that I will be ok on the ferry, at least I can rest for a few hours on there.
The cold that began with a sore throat is busy burrowing itself down towards my lungs and creating a tickly cough, damn it! I really don’t have the time for all this now but I know that I will have to acknowledge it and take some breathing space. So much to do but having stared at all the clothes put out to sort through I now realise just how much I have, something to remember when I get into thoughts of lack.
I am now making plans to go to France having just got back from a whirlwind trip to the Netherlands I am off again. I rather like being in transit; always on the move but never settling for long. I thought about this on my last journey as we headed through Belgium, I always seem to be just passing through this country en route for somewhere, usually Germany but only once have I ever stayed there. My next transit country will be Spain as I will getting off the ferry in Bilbao and once again just passing through on the way to SW France. It’s not that I don’t want to stay there, it’s just the time and lack of money that prevents it but I’m not complaining I feel very fortunate to be able to travel and am grateful for the opportunity to do so.
However, today I am slightly weary with a developing cold, there is a scratchy feeling in my throat which is only soothed by lots of warm drinks so I have to take care, annoying really because I escaped having a cold all winter and now..it’s my body signalling a rest time. Enough for the moment, will be in transit again very soon.
I have been away, taking a trip with Eurostar across to Belgium and then Holland & Germany. It was only for 3 days and some of it felt like a pilgrimage because I was returning to places that have meant a lot to me in the past and it felt as if I was coming home. Visiting Aachen cathedral again was wonderful, beautiful gold mosaic ceilings which I tried to capture with photos but sadly, they came out a bit blurry.
I have been to Maastricht in Holland twice before and the last time I was there, one late Autumn day in 1996 I vowed that I would be back again in the Spring. Well, it took me another 15 years but I got there in the end and it was worth it, a lovely place to visit, people are so kind and friendly and I will definitely return again soon.
Now I’m busy planning for my next trip to France. So much packing and also I have to work out which art supplies to take with me. There are quite a few things there already but as usual, I want everything! It’s always the same, whenever I start something in France the stuff I need is usually back at home. I will have to learn to improvise, but I still need to plan. Getting the balance right is so hard.
Off to the heath today to get some fresh air and get inspired, blow some of the Winter’s webs away. Will add photos later.
I’m thinking, now that it’s Spring, it’s time to get my story ‘Persephone’ out of hibernation. Last Autumn I was on a writing roll then, certain events stopped me and ‘Persephone’ went underground for the Winter. So I feel the first stirrings of wanting to write again even though the plot has been mothballed in my head for awhile, I hope I can piece it together again, maybe it will change, for the better I hope. Will post more – soon.