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Winter definitely did not start in November. It did not start in December either. The sun shone and the temperatures were almost balmy. Time to go north, we decided, to get a blast of cold air. I love Brittany in the Autumn. The colours are stunning, the beaches wild and the moules frites at their best. A welcome break. I can recommend this beautiful part of France!
Upon returning to our lovely spot here in the Tarn, it was perfect walking weather so we donned our boots and set off to discover some new trails. Our favourite was the Sentier de Patrimoine near Puycelsi: 12 km of going up and down hills, royal oak and chestnut forests and with stunning views of the little bastide town. My knees were sore, our legs ached, we got very hot and when I saw the final hill up to the top of the town I nearly cried! But when we finally collapsed for a citron pressé at the café we were very happy to have done it! Our poor dog Bonnie refused to get up and walk to the car. I think she was terrified that we would insist we walk all the way back! Happy dog when she saw that the car was in front of her in the car park.
The sun continued to shine all over Christmas. We thought about having lunch outside but after a dog walk, opening some presents, a lazy breakfast, family phone calls, coffee, fizz and nibbles, lunch didn't actually arrive till 5pm so we decided to light the wood burner instead and stay indoors. The rest of the lovely holiday passed with family and friends and generally feeling blessed for having my children with us for a whole week! We had a wonderful time relaxing, walking the dogs, making trips to Najac, Cordes and Penne, cooking, eating, and enjoying being together, in that sunshine!
By mid-January the children had left, the sun had disappeared and it started raining...and raining...and raining! Everyone is moaning that is has rained for at least one week...two weeks...three weeks...a whole month! It is muddy and wet and cold. I keep telling myself that it will get better. The sun will come out again and warm our damp bones. In the meantime, yes, it is a shock to the system, but I can honestly say that Winter did finally arrive! And I don't like it one bit! I am looking forward to those soft spring days, the sun on my face, and the prospect of a hot hot hot summer...dream on!
Bookings are starting so if you want to join us here when the rain has stopped, don't hesitate to ask! See you soon!