Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Today, the weather has finally turned. . .temps only in the low sixties. It has been unseasonably balmy until now. Yesterday, the sun came out and it was 74 degrees, so we went back to the lovely small city of Uzes. Something special about the place. Coral once contemplated living there. It was such a beautiful day and I was filled with a deep sense of perfection and beauty, wherever I looked. I took about a zillion photos, because I wanted to capture all that wonder. Everything is still as green as mid-summer, thick green, tho some trees have lost their leaves and the blow tantalizingly on the warm breeze. The trees are so old, so enormous, so full.
Chestnut trees are ubiquitous, something we now miss in N. America, which makes them especially wonderful to me. Everyone gathers chestnuts. They are in the forest, underfoot on the trails and sidewalks, everywhere. It is the season of roasted chestnuts, peeled and preserved chestnuts, chestnut soups, chestnut pates, chestnut everything. They are sweet and delicious and I am thoroughly enjoying my share.  
So much of what one needs for food grows wildly and abundantly here, including, herbs. It is a rich land. Today, beginning the packing and cleaning process as we leave early on Thursday. It will feel a little strange to leave, as it has been a both a home base and home. But not a good place to stay when the air turns cold. 400-year-old thick stone walls, very cold.

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