Sunday, October 19, 2014

Countdown Begins

Five sleeps before we lock the door to our cozy little home in Provence and head home to our normal life. This is always a trying time. Cleaning and readying our apartment for renters, saying goodbye to friends...

We came home from Venice on Friday early evening after a small accident on the highway left us shaken.  

Last chance to... buy old things: We went to a vide-grenier (village-wide garage sale) in a neighboring town and said goodbye to our friend Nelly. Nelly deals in antiques and when you make a purchase from her, you also get a story about the history of the piece.  We kissed and made a promise to share a meal together next year.

Last chance to see the waterfall: Later, we hiked the 1.5 kilometers along our town's river to the waterfall.  Halfway through our walked I heaved a heavy sigh and realized how tense I had been.

This enchanted forest is like a setting from a child's storybook.


Brother-in-law T. walking ahead of me.




At the end of the walk the lovely waterfall is both dramatic and symbolic.  The waters rushing down are like tears releasing tension, washing away preoccupations.
Nature reminded me to slow down and to live in the moment, not to anticipate too much.  The tug-of-war between enjoying the moment and organizing the departure keeps me on my toes. Life's just like that isn't it? It's a dance that demands strength and control as well as fluidity.

Say-a-little-prayer-for-me.

Stella

4 comments:

stadtgarten said...

I can perfectly understand how you feel preparing everything for departure and at the same moment longing for staying longer in this beautiful region!
I love your waterfall! I just read about a waterfall near Cotignac some weeks ago on FB, but no one could tell me how to find it. This was one of the reasons we went to Cotignac last week. But we found not signs or explications. Even my google research only leads me to Sillans-la-Cascade, where we have been years ago before the area was closed. And now I see your pictures and this is the waterfall I was looking for. Could you perhaps tell me how to go there? Thank you so much in advance!
I hope you'll have some wonderful last days in your beautiful village and a safe trip home.
Hope to meet you next time we both are in the area, take care, Monika

Stella said...

THE waterfall is indeed in Sillans-la-Cascade. You must find the elementary school and park your car thereabouts. The trail begins in the wood by the school. The school is not far from the bridge where there are lights because there is only one lane.
The waterfall in Cotignac begins by the bridge, the trail is called Le Vallon Gai. Happy Hiking!

Skinny Dipping? said...

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

stadtgarten said...

Thank you so much for the description how to find the Cotignac waterfall. I am sure we'll go there soon.