My first week in France always goes by so quickly, as I deal with jet lag & the opening the house. I often have to fight wanting to stay awake all night & sleep all morning, however that has improved considerably now. There continues to be much to do in the cleaning department but I have gotten a lot accomplished & am now settled in comfortably. The big news is that I now have the Internet. This is a major achievement & change for my life in France. It was only in the last year that our village aquired the ability to sign on to the Internet through ones telephone. With the help of my wonderful neighbor, Beatrice, I am now wired. This is of course a good thing but maybe just a little bit sad too. In fact when I emailed my family for the first time from the house saying "I have wifi!" My son wrote back.... "That's sad!"
And it's true that part of the pleasure of this simple life has always been being removed from everything. There is a beauty in stepping away from life as one knows it & doing without modern convince. There is a peace & a calm that comes with disconnecting from the world that is indeed sad to let go of.
However the positives out weigh the negatives & I am delighted!
Wishing you all a very happy weekend!