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Happy Holidays

We've spent our first couple days just chilling out, mainly reading... Sime's a bit knackered from all the driving, which of course - is his choice. I like to drive too, but it's actually awful having Sime as a passenger (he's very polite in other people's cars, but absolutely dreadful with me), so we have just slotted into this comfortable existence over the years - he drives & as I'm the better navigator, I work out the routes. I love map reading & can happily spend hours with them - just dreaming & planning!

We have brought a large box of books away with us, a mixture of library, second-hand & a few new ones that we really wanted or can pass on to others after. 
Hugo can read around one book a day & has so far read: 
 Behemoth Behemoth (Leviathan) & The Dead The Dead: An Enemy Novel 

I'm also reading Uglies & Co, but am only on the 2nd book: 
Pretties Pretties (Uglies Trilogy, Book 2)   

Sime's read: Killing Floor Killing Floor [KILLING FLOOR] [Mass Market Paperback] 

& has nearly finished: From a Buick 8 From a Buick 8

The house is so nice - we just wanted to stay in for a couple of days & it's been lovely, though we've ventured out to buy bread from the nearby boulangerie & Sime & I had a short walk down to the canal yesterday & collected twigs & sticks for the wood burner, as it does get cool in the evenings - though lovely & snug with it in. 

The House   

The Kitchen

The Roof Terrace 

The Roof Top Kitchen

The Roof Terrace - looking into the top kitchen

Breakfast!

Here's some pics of the village:

The Mairie

Police Station

Canal du Midi

Vineyard

Neighbouring street

We're thinking of exploring the wider area tomorrow, perhaps go into Carcassonne - we'll just see how we feel in the morning!

Kay :)

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Anonymous said…
It looks so lovely there. Have a good time.

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Nettles

Our garden yesterday.
Tall Nettles TALL nettles cover up, as they have done These many springs, the rusty harrow, the plough Long worn out, and the roller made of stone: Only the elm butt tops the nettles now.
This corner of the farmyard I like most: As well as any bloom upon a flower I like the dust on the nettles, never lost Except to prove the sweetness of a shower.
~ Edward Thomas ~
Every time we venture out to pick nettles, Sime always goes on about this poem!

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