Belated Happy New Year to all my wonderful guests and future guests!
So the New Year has come and gone… and how many resolutions are still in place? I know I am struggling already. The weather here is fabulous, 14 or 15 degrees and we are sitting out in the sunshine during the day already. How can anyone refuse a cold, crisp glass of Blanquette de Limoux? This wonderful local bubbly is served in little “Champagne-style” glasses and is light and delicious. I’ve seen people have one with morning coffee, and then off to work they go with a spring in their step!
France is truly a wonderful country and the way of life is so different from the way us English experience it. Shops and businesses open at 9am (unless it’s the Patisserie/Boulangerie.. where the bread is obviously necessaire for breakfast) and they close for lunch between 12 and 2.30. And everything shuts, people go home or eat in the many restaurants and really enjoy being with each other and eat wonderful food. The shops open again for the afternoon, but not late into the evening. Quality of life is so important here, and mad dashing around for business seems completely barmy once you get into the swing of the French way of life. I feel so calm, happy and chilled out living here, and I know its not a new idea but it is true. The way of life makes you slow down, you have no choice. When I first came to Limoux, I was planning like mad, rushing around like a mad girl and had all my jobs done by 9am! but to what end? Now I am happy to plan my day around the sacrosanct timetable of the day, and not be surprised with what the day throws at me.
I hope you can plan a visit to Limoux this year; time away from your routine will give you some breathing space, reading space and time to remember who you are. And I haven’t even mentioned the sunshine. Sitting with the sun on your face is life affirming and restorative. I hope you feel it this year xxx