Even though I have stretched my posts out to two weeks and we are not really up to much these days, it is Blogday afternoon already! That also means that our days are counting down very swiftly towards our departure from France. We are both now very much looking forward to getting home but there is a building sadness that we will be leaving so much behind here in France.
In the last 5 days the weather has improved tremendously. The rain more or less stopped and we have had a couple of cloudless and reasonably still days. Temperatures have been climbing too although it has not yet really been cold. In the whole of January we had one frost at Jeremy and Jo’s place and since being back at La Regalade at Carcès on 3rd February we have not had a single frost. Today the high was 16˚C and tonight will only get down to 6˚C. Very pleasant considering that February is often the coldest month here. Let’s hope I have not spoken too soon!
Of course all this nice weather brings Spring! It seems too early but some mature trees are breaking bud and there are spring flowers starting to bloom. Nice.
To get back into the chronology of the fortnight, we started on the 3rd of February by collecting Jeremy and Jo from Nice airport after their trip to visit their son and daughter-in-law in Thirroul (near Wollongong, Australia). They had had a wonderful trip and not having to spoil it by telling them that Squeaky was missing was a great relief for us (see the previous post for an explanation). We spent the afternoon with them and then headed up to La Regalade in the evening. We should have gone earlier because by the time we got there it was dark and after being closed up for a month it was as cold as a witches tit. In fact it took three days to get the villa warm again. We also found that the sanglier had been very active in the gardens digging out plants and moving rocks and soil.
On the Thursday we met Sabine and Jean-Marc for lunch at Le Gourmandin in Le Luc. We had a lovely time talking and eating (OK, and drinking) and suddenly it was 3pm. The details of the meal are saved in Evernote Food, click here.
On Sunday 9th we headed to Saint-Raphaël to go to an artisan chocolate exhibition but Leanne changed her mind when she saw how small it was. We drove around the coast a bit to Agay. I took a few photos then headed inland in search of snow covered hills behind Draguignan. We ended up going through Bagnol-en-forêt and Saint-Paul-en-forêt before getting to Fayence. Got some decent shots from the side of the airfield. On the way home we stopped for a coffee in Lorgues which turned out to be a treat. We have been to Lorgues several times but always on a market day (Tuesday) so we had not seen the main street in its normal state. There were lots of things from details to whole big buildings that we had not noticed before because the market stalls and the crowds always dominated the scene. It was nice to see it at rest on a Sunday afternoon.
On Monday night we met Jeremy and Jo in Lorgues together with most of the local Brit community who had all come to see Philomena starring Judy Dench. It was the ‘VO’ edition, i.e. the original version in English with French subtitles. It was a very good movie.
With the better weather we were also starting to get on to some of the outdoor jobs at La Regalade that needed doing before the summer rental season starts. Wednesday was a another day dominated by food and socialising. We were invited to Lance and Saskia’s home in Correns for lunch. We arrived on time at 12h30 joined by four others and nobody left until after 6pm! This is something of a habit here in France it seems, the all afternoon and into the evening lunch.
I also spent some time taking photos looking across the lake to La Regalade so I could create a panorama. WordPress does not play nicely with wide panorama images so if you are interested just hit this link and it should take you to the latest panorama on my Flickr page. If the link doesn’t quite work you will find the image on my photostream and in the set called ‘Panoramic Images’ on my Flickr page, click here.
And now for some photos and less rambling from me!
That’s it for now. The clock is ticking and the next time I post Dad will be here. Really looking forward to that.