Last night the skies opened up and we were treated to a show only Mother Nature could put on…..thunder, lightning, heavy rain and a howling wind that that could have been mistaken for the wail of a long lost soul. I’ve heard stories of the Mistral winds in Provence….how their chill can last for days and days….driving people insane. Fortunately, we woke to grey skies and light breezes but it made me wonder if Languedoc also has such a wind. Turns out that Languedoc is the windiest part of France……winds can come from all directions.
The Tramontana rushes in from the northwest, the Cers blows from the West, the Scirocco comes in from the South, the Autan arrives from the Southeast and the Marin rolls in from the Mediterranean. Suddenly it becomes apparent why we often have trouble docking the boat! One time, thanks to the Tramontana, the boat did a full U-turn and parallel-parked itself in between two other boats along the canal. Craig took full credit.
Despite feeling much better today, we stayed at the cottage…..Craig wanted to work on the boat…..again. He finds a new problem every time he fixes something. Yesterday, when he put new lights in the front cabin he found that the lights in the back cabin weren’t working…..another wiring issue.
Oh well, it gave me time to test my walking. I made it halfway to the second lock along the canal…..I might have been able to make it all the way but, not being sure if I’d also be able to walk back, I played it safe and returned home. What to do with the rest of the day? Hmmmm…..time to plan a few short trips. In the next few weeks, we’ll be going to the Christmas markets in Marseille, Aix en Provence and Avignon…..since we won’t be gone long, we’ll see how Felix does on his own. Hopefully he won’t have all the neighborhood cats over for a big “while the humans are away” party.
La réponse, mon ami, est dans le vent……the answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind