We want to send you our best wishes for a Joyeux Noël from Montner.
Thank you for the good wishes and newsletters we have received over the last 10 months, it is lovely keeping in touch and getting news of our former community.
Here the sky is blue and the colours of the trees are fantastic, we have enjoyed sitting on our roof terrace and taking in the views. After months of sorting out the necessary paperwork and some work on the house we now feel that we are in a rhythm of normal life again. We love the peace here, our morning walks are blessed with the sounds of birdsong and the smells of the garrigue – herbs and bushes of the undergrowth here, warmed by the sun.
We are enjoying the village events, always revolving around food and wine and Gill even represented the village at a départemental Catalan Skittles tournament.....her team were runners up !! One of the village council initiatives we have supported is to switch off the street lights during the night, we explained that in GC we (mostly) benefited from no lighting !!!!
Music events, theatre, cinema and exhibitions have been regular treats for us.
We have joined a weekly Qi Gong class and we have found a great French teacher whom we go to each Thursday afternoon for 2 hours of intensive and fun brain work ! Visits by friends both from UK and USA are always great fun as we enjoy sharing this beautiful landscape.
Health wise, Gill is feeling fit and well, and Trish is hugely better since her pulmonary rehab...... it has changed her life! She hasn't felt this healthy for decades and is looking forward to a Christmas period that she can fully enjoy, for the first time in years ! We are both really thankful for this. On the doggie front, Tosca is a joy....full of fun and joie de vie, we think she loves it here as much as we do ! Especially the absence of rain and mud during our walks.
This Christmas we will be with some local friends for Christmas Eve (le Réveillon de Noël) and then we will share Christmas Day with friends from Great Coxwell - should be great fun with an 8 year old and a 4 year old !!!
We have decided to adopt the French tradition of not sending cards at Christmas and will instead send a donation to Médecins Sans Frontières, one of our favourite organisations. Instead we hope you will find this message as heartfelt and feel the love with which it is sent !
All best wishes to you all for 2016 with much love from
Trish Gill and Tosca (wags)