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We are in rural France

Bessie McNicol
...And the story of how we got here - after time in Devon with Terri, then WFC in Brighton, then visiting David Almond in Northumberland, Lizza Aiken (and Geoff Ryman) in London, then flying to Marseille where Brutish Airways lost my luggage & everything went pear-shaped for a couple of days til we were able to retrieve it and find a place to stay that had actual heat (and a huge fireplace) in the face of a sudden brutal Mistral wind . . . Well, I've been putting up posts & photos on Facebook, but I know some of you do not Indulge, so here is my latest post, because it seems more LJ-ish than FB-ish, quand-meme:

OK, behold me justabout weeping with simple joy. Did I mention that our  gîte is in an old stable? (Which is why we have big plate glass window looking out onto walled garden) Owner lives on the other side, in the house that would have owned the stable.  He just appeared with a jar of his wife's fig jam, and a bottle of white Minervois wine - because we said how much we'd like the red wine and the amazing celestial plum preserves he presented us with when we arrived.  His Sister-in-Law, who speaks great English, just turned up to ask if we needed anything. And then he reappeared & invited us to tea in an hour. Where I bet his wife has more treats in store.... Poor Delia is trying to write her novel.  I'm just looking out the window at the olive tree, the clouds scudding before the howling wind, and trying to get a grip on myself.... Maybe I'll write tonight.  Or maybe I'll just suck in more happy goodness, and let it all out in a novel someday.

Here is the gîte we are renting for the week.  I feel like I could stay here a month.  Maybe next time?
http://en.gites-de-france.com/holiday-rentals-Villeneuve-Minervois-Cottage-11G694.html
http://www.gites-de-france.com/location-vacances-Villeneuve-Minervois-Gite-gites11_b2013.1.G694.G.html/site-proprietaire

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deborahjross
Nov. 14th, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
My family and I lived in Lyon for 9 months back in 1991. I loved it!
ellen_kushner
Nov. 14th, 2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
Lyon is swell! Been there briefly once. Ate like an Emperor.
kateelliott
Nov. 14th, 2013 07:34 pm (UTC)
That sounds so lovely!
engarian
Nov. 14th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
What a lovely place to stay, and only 75km to the sea if you are so inclined. I'm totally in love with the fireplace.

- Erulisse (one L)
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