"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Today it has been hot, very hot with more hot on top. Not that I'm complaining, mind you, because here it's a dry heat, not humid like in the UK, so it's easier to cope with. However, we didn't go very far today even so. Yesterday we chased the mountains that we can see from the gite and travelled several winding, often narrow tracks in our quest to get ever higher. Today, we had a look at the town of Pamiers, having visited Foix yesterday morning and been quietly impressed. It seems such a lovely life, meeting up with friends on the square at one of the bars for coffee. Maybe that's why Keith is talking wistfully
about moving here and setting up the French branch of Keys-Direct, to be known as Cles-Directe and is scrutinising all the estate agencies that we happen to pass, as well as collecting armfuls of catalogues.
Watch this space!


  1. interesting blog. Continue posting, I'll be waiting for new updates.

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  2. Spain?!! But if you move to Spain, who shall I visit if ever I go to Wales? Hmmm?

  3. No, Dale, we are in France. Keep up! ;) We only visited Spain for a day. We probably wouldn't be moving here for a couple of years yet anyway, so you are welcome to visit us anytime. :)

  4. Shouldn't it be Clefs-Directes? Not Cles? Mind you - you're the French language expert. Glad to hear the weather has heated up and you're hving a nice time.

  5. No, sorry, YP, it is cles (but with an acute accent over the 'e'. Directe in this case is not an adjective. Go to the bottom of the class!! ;)

  6. Non Madame! I will instead go to the bottom of my dispiriting French teacher with a size 11 boot!

  7. Now why can't you be polite, charming and considerate like your brother?? ;)



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