Saturday, January 1st – Tuesday, January 4th

I’ve been catching up on the blog while Craig’s been working on the boat…..minor fixes and clean-up now…..hopefully all major problems are resolved.

Monday was a crisp, clear day.  I was typing away when Craig rushed into the cottage and asked if I wanted to go to Le Somail for lunch.  I looked up quizically…..why?  He had just started the boat up and wanted to take it out for a little ride. 


We boarded the boat and headed under the bridge and down the canal.

It felt good to be back on the boat cruising this beautiful waterway… at peace at this time of year……with boats moored along the canal for their winter slumber and laundry gently blowing in the breeze from lines strung between plane trees. 

The ducks of the Midi…..usually placid at this time of year…..sprung into noisy action at the sight of a boat moving along their waters.  Their memories tell them that boats are the purveyors of breadcrumbs and other delights, so they followed alongside…..first asking, then demanding, their rightful toll for using the waterway that’s their home.  

Sadly, we had nothing to share.  They weren’t happy, but they understood and moved on…..hoping another visitor would soon appear. 

As we coasted under Le Somail’s stone bridge, we realized it was 2:00… lunch for us today…..all the restaurants were closed.  It didn’t matter… was a lovely day for an outing.

Just past Le Somail, Craig turned the boat around and tried to head back home….but the gentle breeze had gained vigor and held us tight to the bank.  Everytime Craig pushed away from the bank…..mean ol’ Mr. Wind pushed us back.  But Craig persevered and finally we were free.  

Joie, stationary for so long, seemed to have a spring in her step as she putted back to her home on the high bank of Canal du Junction.      

 It’s not far down to paradise
At least it’s not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away
And find tranquility……


About Languedoc Lady

I'm a newly retired woman from California getting ready to spend a year (or more) with my husband living the good life in Languedoc in the southwest of France.
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2 Responses to Saturday, January 1st – Tuesday, January 4th

  1. sharmyn says:

    That’s it. We’re coming. I don’t know when, but we’re coming! =)

  2. Suncastle says:

    me too! The canal has appealed to me for a long time and the recent TV programme (actually not that recent now I suppose) where Rick Stein cooked, ate & drank his way along the length of the canal really grabbed my attention.

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