Getting Away from the City

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,

 

In Transit

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.

More bread is required

More bread is required