Has proved to be such an affair of the heart for me.
We went in 2008..briefly..went back almost 10 yrs later ,last yr..
And it only reinforced what I had felt in 2008.
If I could have picked one place to live 45 yrs ago..
..With what I know now...
It would have been Provence.
Peter Mayle ...
Van Gogh.. and here .. there is such a feeling of peace and serenity there..hard to explain..
Cézanne..Frédéric Mistral..Ernest Hemingway..James Joyce..
The list goes on and on..they chose Provence at one point.
I have not been to many places..but out of all of my places..
This is it.
Here..in my Enchanted Cottage..only because we like to be on our own..and live a bit away from the madding crowd...this is my enchanted cottage.
If we were to build a house..this would be it.
If I was to start my gardens..(NO MAINTENANCE)
these would be them.
Of course finding an ancient quarry may be hard;)
And we are not moving God willing..and not building..
I love my Canada.I have great neighbours here.
Friendly people..cosmopolitan..the seasons..
First and foremost my family is here.
We came home to many many tomatoes..yay!!
Lots of zinnias..will cut shortly..
overgrown beds and long grass.
I have a load of laundry done..one to go..
I loved hand washing my linen there and hanging it up to dry:)
Even lots of other things;)
Jacques liked the washing machine..hang to dry .
Things just feel so nice and fresh.
For this trip..I started packing .. my art supplies..priorities:)
And they changed..the first pic is what I had decided upon..
And then..I switched up the the 2 ready made journals and went with my own.
And then switched it again.
We left Sept 6th and returned yesterday.
Our home base was St-Rémy..
St-Rémy is a great town to call home base..
Lively enough for lively people and quiet enough for quiter people.
I have to tell you..the last 5 days..it was une Fete Foraine..!
The town takes on a whole different look..arcades and rides..Coney Island!
But more..Belmont Park..lol..
The old world charm of that town is denaturalized in a heartbeat.
And streets have bars and cordons for bulls!
I filled my two journals ..when we would come home in the aft.I would make a small painting.
I know I am a terrible plein air painter.Maybe if I sat somehwre for a long time..it would be different..but..
With a photo..I am happy sitting at home..painting that way:)
Some turned out a bit better than others..this is not my fave..but it's in the book ..the book that fell apart..I had glue gunned the spine..I may leave it loose..Or I may Zutter it;)
Our trees are still green!Fall is not full on at all here yet!