|Mark and Erin Trunel outside her gallery in Caunes.|
|Mark talking with Fabien Laplace, the artist.|
|One of Fabien's works|
|more of Fabien's work, not sure who the man is...but I thought he looked interesting !|
We have visited a few vide greniers, and acquired a few treasures. ( I feel a vide grenier blog coming on )...and watched an incredible storm as it approached and then enveloped Caunes.
|The approaching storm|
We also went on a wine tasting trip with Wendy Gedney, who lives here in the Languedoc and runs a wine tourism company. ( http://www.vinenvacances.com/) I went to a lovely winery with her last year and visited some Cathar castles with her on the way back. Wendy’s knowledge of the region’s wine is amazing, and her enthusiasm for the art ( and science) of wine making is infectious.
|Wendy pouring and explaining... at Domaine Chateau Ollieux Romanis,|
|the wine tasting group's lunch|
|Domaine de Mingraut in les Corbieres, owned and run, single handed by Veronique Cuculiere.....brilliantly|
|excellent salad starter eaten in La Grasse...on the wine trip|
|La Grasse....a place to return to and explore properly.|
(During the wine trip we found out that daughter Jess got a 2.1 in her degree..so we felt we had good reason to celebrate)
We’ve been doing some serious thinking about life while we’ve been here. Surviving cancer is wonderful. Life is so much better than the alternative, but just surviving is not going to be enough…for me, or for Mark. We have decided we need some purpose, beyond enjoying “being here” ( sorry Annie, "being here" is the most important bit, I know), wherever “here” happens to be.
|a gorgeous place to be......but maybe just being isn't enough|
So, whilst recovering here, doing very little, apart from pottering, reading, learning about the garden, making attempts to improve our French etc etc……is good…..it is not enough. Neither of us is sure exactly what that means yet, but we’re working on it….and it gives us a meaty conversation topic when we are enjoying some of the gorgeous wine we bought on our tasting trip.