We were only staying with Jax, Oliver and their family for two days. Well, less than that if you take into account that we didn’t arrive until about 7pm on the Tuesday, and were aiming to leave by 8am on the Thursday.
We started Wednesday trying unsuccessfully to keep the children quiet early in the morning. The problem with staying at someone else’s home is that we are all too aware that a) there are a lot of us and b) we can make quite a lot of noise. Desperate not to disturb them yet all too aware that we were doing exactly that we went downstairs to join them for breakfast – apologetic yet defeated by our hungry and megalophonic tribe of little people.
Jax and Oliver, we apologise once again.
After a morning walk with Jax, her daughter Sofia and Rex-the-dog, we returned back to their home for lunch before setting off to leave them in some undoubtedly much-needed peace.
We decided to head for a local lake. The Lac de Montbel is a reservoir set against the backdrop of the Midi Pyrenees. The day was beautifully sunny and bright and we hoped the lake wouldn’t disappoint.
As we walked along we could see why it was popular for swimmers and watersports. The bright, blue skies were a perfect host, off-setting the clear, turquoise water magnificently. The reflections of the trees danced upon the water, looking every bit as splended and detailed there as they did in their original, true form.
We all took great enjoyment taking in the sheer beauty of it all. Nature seamlessly combining simplicity and magnificence in one, effortless swoop.
From the rocks lining the path, to the crystal waters it met with. The flowers, the trees, it was a moment not only to stop and to look, but to actually see and savour…
… no matter how young…
… or how slightly older we were, it was something we all could appreciate.
And appreciate it we did.
We looked for shiny pebbles. We skimmed stones…
No technology. Nothing to distract us.
A picnic by the lake rounded the day off. Crackers took on a new form…
… far from their original and intended purpose…
As substitute Uno cards for imaginative five and three-year-olds!
And finally, we packed up and headed back. Recharged and ready to hit the road once more the following day.
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