I’ve been working in the garden today, pulling out trails of ivy and trying to create some sort of order. It feels very autumnal outside today; the leaves are falling and Paul has been clearing gutters. Jenny, our neighbour, has just been round to invite me to a ladies’ chat group on Saturday. This type of gathering fills me with terror but I promised myself I would try and integrate with the community here so I agreed to go. Jenny is going to call for me on Saturday. I don’t think anyone has called for me since I was a school girl!
It was very sad saying au revoir to Philippe and his family. Philippe actually cried and Monique, his sister, burst into tears when she realised we weren’t just returning to the UK for winter. But our Lincolnshire neighbours have given us a very warm welcome and I think we are going to be just fine.