O.K., this might be a little confusing, but stick with me. After the old-time weekend and then recording with Polo and Nadine I returned to the little cottage in Champtocé that I was sharing with Clara (which involved the same 45 minute trek from the little train stop).
She had had a lovely, solitary week and a half reading books, drawing, journaling, working on the computer AND making fires in the fireplace.
Here is the rest of the story about how we found the cottage. As some of you know, Laurie Corral, of Asheville Bookworks, and I were asked to teach a 9 day workshop at Chateau du Pin in the Loire Valley. When Clara had the idea to find a place for a month-long retreat she suggested I ask, Peg Gignoux, the woman who hired us to teach at the Chateau. As it turned out, Peg’s cousin Marie had cottages for rent just down the road from the Chateau. Have I lost you yet?
During our time at the cottage we made buddies with Marie (our land lady) and Louise (Peg’s sister) who is living at the Chateau for 3 months to help with the family business. This is how it came to be that we received a personal tour of the grounds.
The story of the Chateau is an interesting one. Louise told us various tid-bits; it was seized as living quarters for the Nazi’s during the war and at present it’s owned by almost 20 members of the French-American Gignoux family.
Pretty nice eh?
The story continues…Clara has a rule for herself when it comes to France: Never go to France without going to Paris for a few days. So, staying true to her rule, she had planned 5 days in Paris at the end of her month-long stay. Being the lovely person she is, she invited me to come along. Who passes up being in Paris? Not me!