It’s been a strange week, this week. Cool and windy to start with and now insanely hot. We started out with a fair bit of sightseeing and have slowly but surely ground to a halt. A trip to the village to drink Latte Machiatto with the old men in a street cafe and buy Bistecca Fiorentina to take home are about all we’ve managed today. The pool is a blissful relief and I’ve finished reading the last of the three books I brought with me. The evening will be filled with packing, dinner locally and trying to watch the Olympics opening ceremony on a satellite system that only seems to pick up Al Jazeera, Bagdahd and Yemeni TV and other assorted unidentifiable arab stations.
For the most part the teenagers have been reasonable. We left them to their own sunbathing devices much of the time because it really wasn’t worth the effort to try to drag them off with us sightseeing. There is a limit to how much moaning and muttering I want to deal with.
On Tuesday I heard from a friend that my dear friend M had died in the night. Not unexpected and in many ways a blessed relief having battled cancer for 9 years, but I’ve spend my week trying to imagine life without her. She was one of those friends who was big in every sense of the word and in the last few years when she wasn’t very mobile I’ve spent a lot of time with her. For the last month I’ve been at the hospice every second afternoon watching the slow physical decline, but an undimmed spirit. Her last words when I left last Thursday and told her I’d be back this Sunday to see her were: ‘Well if I’m not here, you know where I am’. Said with a wry smile. And that is how I’ll remember her.
So tomorrow I’ll drive back north to the Alps and home. I’ve missed my sewing and knitting. I’ve even missed weeding the garden. It was lovely to have a break and see something new, but I’ve promised myself that next week is going to be a sewing week. The teenagers are off to visit their adopted granny at the Bodensee and hubby is motorbiking in the Alsace. I shall be at home being quietly contented 🙂