Off to France again very soon with all the added stress that goes with travel There are still a few last minutes bits to do but we are ready to go. It’s funny but as the time to leave comes nearer I feel a strange longing for the normal everyday chores that normally I don’t give a second thought to. Every little detail seems so sharp and significant and filled with meaning that I wonder why I have to go away. I think it’s just a deep awareness of being in the present moment. Actually, I will be glad to get away for awhile because there has a been a big change in the landscape here recently. Buildings are being renovated, extensions are springing up and the noise from all the work in progress has been very unpleasant so the sanctuary of a quiet French village is what I crave right now.
As I write this, the wind is whipping the leaves from the trees en masse. Last week we were remarking that they were all still green and clinging to the trees but within 7 days it’s all happening, Autumn is here. It’s still mild though and I’m grateful that there is calm weather forecast for the next week especially as we are sailing down through the Bay of Biscay, an area well known for its stormy seas. But the forecast in France is good and if the warm air continues to drift in from Spain we should be in for a good few weeks,