I just came back from the house in the country. No roadside adventures involving bees this time, although one did whiz through the car window on one of my hairpin turns but luckily he just exited out the other window as quickly as he came in. Thank goodness, because I was in no mood for a repeat performance with the umbrella!
The house has been empty since July 1st. The windows were dirty, cobwebs were in every corner and termites have found new locations to set up nests. I spent the better part of 2 days sweeping away spider webs and dust bunnies. We still have a hornet nest in the chimney because I could hear them buzzing away in a creepy echo into the sitting room.
The darkness was a welcome sight. I perched myself under the stars on the porch with a glass of chilled wine and listened to the owls hoot and the wild boar grunt. I am sure the boar were in the yard, but by the time I located a flashlight with batteries that actually worked I scared them off.
Autumn is the perfect time of year here. There are less tourists and less traffic. The weather is cooler and comfortable and you can still smell the lavender plants in a soft breeze. I woke up to the fresh smells of morning with a hint of someone’s wood stove already warming the cooler nights.
Unfortunately, I had to drive back to the city much too soon–I have to work tomorrow. But at least the house is now clean and set up for the upcoming season. One night was not nearly enough and I can’t wait to go back! If I could spend a month up there and never have to leave the house once it would be pure heaven! There is no phone (other than my mobile), and no Internet. The TV is local antenna and very few cars use the road. It’s so quiet that you can actually hear a tennis ball being hit at the local courts down the road.
A slice of heaven on earth, one day of work and I’m heading for the hills again…don’t bother calling, or emailing me because I will be too busy chasing wild boar off the property and drinking chilled wine on the porch to care.