We arrived home in Granollers last night. So good to be here and after all the work and worrying it is wonderful to be able to stop at last.
Yesterday we set off in more rain from Cahors – it seemed to chase us ever south. But after a couple of hours we felt the change – that feeling of crossing a line between north and south. There is a temperature change but it is something more – a different light, something in the air, an easing of the bones.
I am sure the dogs felt it too.
We stopped in an Aire and walked up through some pines into a beam of sunlight
Blue’s tail was wagging – it was so good to see as I struggle with guilt about bringing her so far from Cornwall. She managed the hill more easily, started to sniff around with interest instead of hanging her head despondently and I felt myself begin to relax at last.
When you live in the UK this feeling is wonderful when you arrive in a warmer country – those first steps off an airplane into a rush of hot scented air. This time I realised it didn’t feel like a holiday – it felt like I was coming back to a place I belong. You couldn’t find someone who looks more northern than me but somewhere inside there is a mediterranean gene, there must be!