All is still and quiet apart from the chattering of birds in the treetops and the creaking that inevitably comes with old buildings. I’m sitting by the open window looking out over the rolling hills of the Quercy area in the Tarn et Garonne. It’s seventeen degrees and it’s forecast twenty four at the weekend. Not a bad start to November here in the Midi-Pyrenees.
It’s good to be back in France and it’s good to be back on the blog. I’ve missed both. It’s been a long and not unstressful break over the summer so it’s lovely to have some sense of normality and routine again. And of course autumn is my favourite time of year. A time for slowing down and reflecting, getting cosy for the winter and thinking about plans for the year to come. I don’t know whether it’s all those years of school and university but for me autumn always feels like a new start, just like a new school year.
So here we are. A new start. This time we are in the Midi-Pyrenees region of France, about an hour or so north of Toulouse between the towns of Montauban and Cahors. We’re in a small commune set amongst forest and rolling hills that are a patchwork of green and brown right now.
Our new housesit is an ancient 18th century chateau that stands on the top of a hill. We’ll be here until spring looking after the chateau, the grounds and one very lovely cat. It’s so nice to have a cat in the house again and I’m so excited about spending the next few months here. All summer the chateau is a busy venue for craft workshops so we are lucky to have it to ourselves over winter. We were offered a few different housesits this autumn but this is the one we wanted the most and we were so happy to be accepted. It all happened so quickly as is often the case and we arrived here at the chateau less than three weeks after our initial contact with the owner.
So now it’s time to take a deep breath and relax into our new home. Let me show you round……..
I feel like I’ve been absent from the blogosphere for so long. I’m looking forward to catching up with all my favourite blogs and finding out what everyone else has been up to.
Happy autumn everyone ♥