Endings and beginnings
It's already 6 months since we left!
Instead of kooky Christmas pics, you'll have to make do with quirky new year shots. Only 18 days into 2017 and I'm already behind!
Before 2016 becomes a total blur, this is roughly some of what we achieved:
And for the in between stuff...
Not yet being able to work enables me to hone my budgeting skills and gives me lots of time for reflexion, mmmmm.
What to do with all this time?
Walk, read, ponder, take photos, read, explore, visit libraries, museums, villages, roam, write, read, learn, appreciate, watch life float along and I can do housework all day! Haha. As if. I am currently a true flâneur. (Loosely translated, I'm doing a whole lot of nothing in particular!)
Artemis and Armand have slinked into the moody and difficult teenager mode with the greatest of ease, while I've been wondering what planet I was on when I decided to bring two 13/now 14 year olds to France for a year.
I'm not sure if they totally grasp the wonder and possibilities of this adventure...and the different struggles related to adjusting to a new life are enough to get us all down on some days!
Am going for a record in the longest delay to open a bank account, 5 months and counting! I think I finally got it!
Surely the most frustrating thing is it takes ages to get anything done here, administrative tasks in particular, so I feel like I'm in a permanent state of limbo.
Have already had a few car hiccups.
Secondary School blues - college here is somewhat more demanding than the relatively laid back day of high school in Australia. It seems less human, with long days, strict teaching methods and teachers, no replacement teachers! Students just get free/study/home time? Is there such a thing as too long a lunch break? Surprisingly, yes. So far Artemis and Armand don't like it, not sure if I do either!
Missing friends and family, our heartstrings are getting a good work out.
Regardless, we continue to enjoy the simple pleasures and wish the same for our beloved friends and family.
You add sparkle to our days and wellness to our being!
love Tina Artemis Armand
19/1/2017 11:29:42 am
Hello Tina! While this is not the wonderful handwritten letter Id like it to be it is where I am right now and feel it the opportune time to drop a line or two. Happy new year. Weather update: its been a bit too hot. As an indicator, Sydney has experienced 2 of its hottest nights on record. So while we have done all the passive solar stuff if it doesnt cool down at night our home remains warm for the start of the next day. Hence conversations have turned to evaporative air conditioning. I have been avoiding the heat by playing lots of cards with some women in airconditioned comfort in Coona. Mostly a good deal older than me, they are very welcoming and I enjoy hearing about their lives and their husbands (mostly passed) and see that they live vicariously through their adult children. Im not sure Ill remain spending so much time at cards when the studio is built. Seems like that wont be finished until June. Ive been enjoying your posts from france and look forward to hearing about it in person when you return. I dont envy you the surly teenagers but Im sure they will reap the benefit of the trip in the years to come. You are providing them with a wonderful reference point for their lives. I am loving not doing much. I get concerned about the finances but still wake up alive the next morning with food in the fridge and a roof over my head and Im only wearing sarongs at present so dont need much in the way of clothing:). Give my love to your terrible twins. Punch them in the arm form me and tell them i expect great things form them on their return. loads of love. Meg xxxx
20/1/2017 11:50:08 am
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For me, it seems there is not much difference between wondering and wandering. It has always helped me find inspiration. Creative dabbling is good for the soul, I couldn't imagine life without it and often surprise myself by what I come up with.