We see deer often on our walks in the late afternoon and early evening. Himself snapped this one a couple of days ago. We live in France and so of course it has probably been shot by now.
I know hunting is part of the french life style and culture and we might be overrun with deer as they have no natural enemy here, but for the life of me I will never understand how some people really enjoy, get their kicks, whatever you want to call it – out of killing another living creature.
It’s december and sometimes it’s almost been too cold to walk our usual route, -3.5°C. That’s a minus…Brrr!
But I’m glad to say most days I get a walk however short, and the views are lovely – whatever the weather. Reflections and the mist rising make we want to be a real photographer.
and as for the doing things? Hmm…I have joined a knitting group – hardly a group since we are just three, but I have to speak french and of course, knit. So I have made a shawl for my English speaking french friend who puts up with my stilted conversation and who gave me the confidence to contact the group…
…and a case to keep my needles in.
And so the ordinary life just keeps on keeping on – and isn’t that wonderful?
I often wonder why I write this – I try and believe I am ‘practising my craft’ so that one day before I croak, I will have this idea for a fantastic story…
and as the American playwright and journalist, Elaine Liner said:
‘if writers stopped writing about what happened to them, there would be a lot of empty pages.’
This winter I have mostly… been knitting blankets for rescued cats, crocheting blankets for who? I’m not sure yet. And trying to meditate with DeepaK Chopra. Oh yes and making vegetable stew and dumplings…
We’ve been to Spain in the camper van to escape the worst of the winter
via Argeles sur mer and
here’s the snow capped Canigou.
and then after a couple of days in the very windy south of France here are the mountains above Denia – the scene of our daily walk – I think I put photos on a few years ago of the Almond blossom
And now, well I am doing a course called Strategies for Successful Ageing – Oh yes, I hear you say – you and successful ageing? Interesting – especially after going into hospital with gastric enteritis and being convinced it was the beginning of the end…
Laugh – you have to, if this is as rough as it gets we are doing very well!
I can’t resist putting in some more photos – I read somewhere that a blog should have photos…
the donkey at the last campsite – the doglet on the washing
and of course the Charolais on our daily walk.
I have given up on creative writing courses – I read somewhere that if you are going to be a writer – just write – so obviously I am not going to be a writer…in this lifetime.
I have just read through some of my earlier posts and actually I quite like them – ah… those were the days when I actually did some writing! So this year i am going to try and put something on regularly – even if its not very literary I shall practice my craft!
We have had some friends staying, some for only a night and some for a week, and it is so pleasurable to have had ‘real’ conversations!
Apart from good English beer and the theatre, a proper conversation – one that includes humour and laughter is the thing I probably miss the most – except of course my daughters and grandchildren, but missing them goes without saying.
I can get by in French – well sort of, and its ok for the moment – but thanks to our friends from Huddersfield we had an excellent week – of talking and laughter – pity about the weather!
But oh dear so much eating and drinking is good for the soul but not the waistline – healthy eating starts tomorrow!
this is what Granny has just finished knitting.
And this is a strange wildflower in the hedgerow
As I said, a bit of this and that – and maybe the will to write more another time!
What did I do in the evenings in a camper van in Spain? Hmm…I knit a cardigan for my sister’s birthday. She likes those sort of purply shades. Unfortunately it turned out rather large and equally unfortunately my sister is small and dainty. However, think how many layers of clothing and thermal vests she can fit underneath it.
what do expat grannies do – they knit tea cosies – that’s what!
Grannies old fashioned tea cosies seem to be popular these days.