Happy Mother's Day!
Trip Start Dec 27, 2010
105Trip End Aug 15, 2011
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My mom was not at home, but she got our phone message and was on a nice outing to a lunch theatre (great idea for Mother's Day!)
The kids had each made me a very sweet and thoughtful Mother's Day card, which was especially nice, as we have been feeling quite worn down lately. When we arrived at the farm, we were completely exhausted. It seemed like the demands of travelling had caught up with us all at once. Mark, Jack, and I were ready to go home right then and there. The girls said they were not ready to go home at all, but there was a lackluster feeling amongst us all, and we really needed to just lay low and rest for a while.
It seemed like we had come to the pefect place for that. It is not a particularly warm spring here (I will tread carefully on the subject of weather, as word from home is that this has been a particularly cold and wet spring, which is wearing to everyone, on the heels of a cold, wet winter), but the sun has been out quite a lot, and it is often warm. The surroundings are picturesque and serene, there are horses grazing and running in the open fields, the roses, irises and poppies are in bloom, and the birds -- so many different kinds -- are singing around the clock,
Also, there is a swimming pool here that is warm! The kids (and Mark and I as well) have enjoyed lots of play time in the pool. There is a market twice weekly in Loches, and we have attended with the locals and used our best French to request produce, baking, and meats there. Sometimes, the person we speak to switches to English, but mostly we stay with French, which is fun and encouraging for Mark and me.
Loches is a small city, and so pretty. It was built up around a 6th century monastary on the left bank of the Indre River. The old stone buildings are closely grouped together -- as in all the old towns in the area -- giving a cosy feel to the community. The buildings along the river are especially pretty, and growing along so many of the stone walls and fences are fragrant, colourful rose bushes.
This is a very pleasant place to be, and we plan to rest and revive here for a while.