It’s now four months since we arrived in our new home in the hills. For the time being, life has brought us from our mountain village in the Pyrenees, north & westward to the green and rolling hills of central Brittany.
Last year saw a great many challenges sweeping through our quiet little life. At times it felt like a tidal wave, leaving us tired and wrung out in it’s wake. Over the summer, in the midst of a significant flare up in my health, we both felt an unexplainable tugging on our hearts to uproot our mountain life and move over 800 miles northward to be closer to our respective families. We found a little Breton cottage nestled in a gentle valley, with a large garden and surrounded by fields. It seemed like the perfect place for us to rest & recuperate from a difficult year. But to move here was to take a leap into the unknown…because my poor health over the summer meant I wasn’t well enough to come and visit the place before we moved in mid October.
But there was love and hope and trust (and wool) to see us through. And it’s worked out fine in the end.
Our new home is nestled in the green hills of central Finistère, at the furthest end of Brittany. It’s a place where the wind & rain are frequent and the wildlife abundant both inside & outside. We fall asleep to the hooting of a pair of tawny owls each night and often wake to find the left overs of the midnight feasts of the resident mice in the kitchen the following morning.
With most of the boxes unpacked and a gentle new rhythm unfolding, we have finally exhaled. As our thoughts start to turn to Spring, we find ourselves outside as much as possible, slowly settling into our garden as well as exploring our new land base. For the next few months, this little tumble down cottage will be our home. Our motivation to come here was simple: we are here to recover from a hard last year and to be closer to our respective families. Our intention for the coming months is just as simple: to lead a gentler & slower existence, centered around our home & garden. Where are hands are kept busy (and often dirty) pulling this or that from our veggie garden, tending to chickens and possibly even sheep.
I also intend to finally plunge in and start peddling some of my hand made wares – starting with my bears & other little playthings…and am currently working towards opening my little shop up for the first time at the start of Spring. I look forward to showing you next week a little of what I’ve been working on this past month.