We’re well into week two of confinement, and so far I’m doing just fine with it!
- Having a routine and sticking to it helps.
- Not being on my own helps.
- Having the garden to work in helps.
- Being allowed to go out for short walks in the countryside helps.
- Cooking and eating delicious meals make for variety and definitely helps.
- Knowing that the shops are open and fairly well stocked helps.
I could add to this list, but you can tell that I’m counting my blessings!! 🙂
For a long time now, I have written my articles at the beginning of the week, sent them to Annie, who checked them for any errors (and she always found some!!), and then I posted the articles on Fridays on the blog. After last Friday’s post, and with the drama of the Covid-19 crisis unfolding all around us, I didn’t think I had anything meaningful to write about. But then I went for a walk yesterday afternoon, and I changed my mind!
I had taken my camera with me, but when I wanted to take my first picture I found that I had forgotten to put the memory card back in its slot. So I resigned myself to not take any pictures. My walk started behind the cooperative winery in Saint-Chinian and took me along the Chemin de Sorteilho. After a while, I headed down a track on the left which brought me to the Chemin des Gazels (you can find the route on google maps!). When I reached the Chemin des Gazels I turned left and headed back towards the village.
I had observed many beautiful flowers along my walk, but what really struck me was that there was a clarity in the air, which was all to do with the absence of noise. I could hear the sound of my footsteps, the sound of birdsong, some rustling in the bushes, the sound of my own breathing when I walked up a steep incline, the sound of water in a hidden brook. But there was no noise from planes, from traffic, from agricultural machinery or from any other human activity! It felt somewhat eerie but also incredibly peaceful!!
It was after that realisation that I happened upon a white lavender plant in full flower. I knew Lavandula Stoechas only as a plant with purple blue flowers, so I was thrilled to see one with white flowers. And that’s when I remembered that my phone had a built-in camera!! 😉
After that, I took a few more pictures which I’ll share with you below, but for me the essence of the walk lay in observing the little things that were all around me. I really enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of that moment in time!