Somehow, our 6 months in Caunes is nearly over. Apart from a quick trip back to Yorkshire for hospital visits and Le Tour, we have been here since the middle of May.
It has been different this year. Last year was strange for me as I had only finished all my cancer treatment a couple of weeks before arriving in France. So, last summer was mostly about resting and building up strength again.
|Last summer was good.....I was certainly smiling, as my hair started to grow back !|
This summer has been “ normal”……. Walking, swimming, gardening, entertaining, visiting friends, visiting new places,visiting old places, meals out, meals in…… and lots of laughs.
|Clark, providing lots of the laughs this year|
|Jane, consulting one of the panels telling us where we should be walking....just before we got lost....again.|
This is the pattern I hope will be repeated in the coming few years.
6 months in the UK, encompassing winter and early spring in Yorkshire, with Christmas and grandchildren, seeing old friends, lots of family time, spending time with Jess as she progresses through the early stages of her teaching career, and working with Treena and the tremendous bunch of volunteers at the Hebden Bridge Overgate Hospice shop.
|Hebden Bridge, welcoming Le Tour de France|
Then back here, to France for late spring, summer and autumn, to our beautiful garden, to our new friends, who are quickly feeling like old friends , to being a base for our friends and family to enjoy if they want to visit us, and to wallowing in the beautiful warmth of the Minervois sunshine.
|with new friends who feel like old friends|
|with visiting grandchildren|
|Always enjoying spending time with Jess....in Caunes, in Liverpool, In Hebden Bridge.... anywhere.|
|Mark, in full flow, at the cafe des langes he has been instrumental in setting up, in Caunes, with French friends Jean Claude et Henri|
I don’t need reminding that life is good……I feel very lucky. It has been a lovely, lovely year
(This wont be my last Caunes post this year, as we have a few weeks to go yet, and a couple more adventures planned before we head north.)