A lost cat, tempting truffle tour and bargain chateau in France

Written by on November 12, 2017 in Newsletter from France

Green and gold landscape of Gascony France in autumn

Bonjour, I hope you had a great week.

It’s been quiet for me as I’m busy writing about what’s coming up at Christmas in France, working on the winter issue of The Good Life France Magazine which will be out soon and giving lots of extra TLC to Winston the cat who came home after a 4-week long absence. He often disappears for a day or two but he’s a real homebody so never for longer. This time, after that long, I was convinced he was gone forever.

But, a few days ago, I woke up with a start from a deep sleep at 2 o’clock in the morning. I had dreamed that Winston came home, I could see him vividly in my mind. The next morning, though I was convinced he would be at the door – there was no Winston. However, in the afternoon I was writing in my little office, a converted pig sty, when I heard a cat meowing and it sounded very familiar. I looked out of the window and there was Winston calling me. I rushed out and gave him hugs and kisses but he just wanted food. He’d lost weight and certainly couldn’t live up to his other name “biggest cat in the village”. But a week of being spoiled, fed what he wants when he wants it and he’s almost back to normal (here he is on my Instagram page – you can tell he loves me from this photo can’t you?!).

Otherwise nothing much is going on in this little part of France, it’s that quiet time before Christmas, the weather is not sure if it wants to be winter or autumn. The ducks and chickens are half the time sheltering form the rain and the rest of the time making dirt baths in the sun. There are more wild birds here than I’ve ever seen before – I even spotted two giant white storks in the field at the bottom of my garden. “We will ‘ave a bad weenter” says my neighbour J-T but he says that every year and he’s right about one in five!

Wishing you a very bon weekend where ever you are,

Bisous from France

Janine

ps photo is of gorgeous Gascony by Sue Aran, French Country Adventures

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