Monday, November 14th – Wednesday, November 30th

Spain wasn’t kind to me (I came home with a horrible cold) so Craig made a solo trip to Chateau Miaou to bring our Felix home.  Felix, usually so uncommunicative on these trips back to the cottage, was chatting with Craig all the way home (no doubt worried about his missing Mum).

Due to our upcoming return to California, we had vowed….once again….that it was time for Felix to be an “inside” cat.  We’ve come to this decision on innumerable other occasions, but Felix has always overuled us.  This time, the  plaintive wailing at the door didn’t come…..he was content just wandering in the cottage.  Hmmm…..did he sense the imminent change in his surroundings? 

The days are getting shorter….sunrise at 8:00 a.m., sunset at 5:00 p.m…..and, unlike last Fall’s crisp, sunny days, it’s been overcast everyday…..dark, dreary days and long, cold nights.  It’s almost as if France is trying to make it easy for us to leave.   

Our commitment to keep Felix inside has been a wise one.  Hunters, with rifles at the ready, walk past the cottage and we hear shots ring out throughout the day.  What on earth are they hunting…..the red squirrel in the chestnut tree, ducks on the canal, dogs off leash, hikers on the tow path???  It mystifies us.  

Our unwelcome visitor has returned.  No sightings yet, but lots of noises….running on the roof, clawing in the chimney, scampering through the attic, scratching in the walls.  Maybe he’s seeking shelter from the hunters.  

On the bright side, a treaured guest has returned.  Felix was the first to spot him…..on the window grill.  A little green frog!  We hadn’t seen one since last year and feared they might have packed up and moved to a better neighborhood, but there he was….keeping us company all day and into the night.  It was raining the next morning and our little friend was gone…..perhaps in search of winter asylum…..but we’re glad he stopped by to pay his respects.  

It stormed for two days straight….finally relenting on Thanksgiving…..a holiday so deeply rooted in our American psyches that we had to cook as classic a meal as we could…..turkey roll, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans…..and (thanks to a dear friend who sent us cans of Libby’s from California)…..real pumpkin pie!  It was a most delicious repast….made even sweeter by a video call from our son and grandson.

As the month neared it’s end, we started packing up the house and preparing the boat for it’s new berth at Port la Robine… was time to get ready for the move back home.

“Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.



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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4 Responses to Monday, November 14th – Wednesday, November 30th

  1. trixfred30 says:

    So are you going back for good?

    • We’ll still have our houseboat on the Canal du Midi, so we will return…..but no longer to the cottage. We’ll wave it a wistful “hello” each time we pass by.


  2. Linda Amstutz says:

    It is now 2013 and October at that…have you returned to France? I have enjoyed your blog and I am about to move permanently to the Languedoc (Fabrezan) with both a cat of aout the same size as Felix and a Shih Tzu puppy. Got any advice…other than to learn French?

    • It is now 2015 and I am just now logging back into my blog. We have returned to France for vacations and are looking forward to another trip in September when we will share some of our favorite places with our daughter and her boyfriend. Advice? Learn French, shop local so your shopkeepers begin to know you, attend nearby fêtes and marchés and enjoy your time in this magical country. Bonne chance!

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