So this is it, I am back in Ayrshire, back to the rain of Scotland. We got all that luggage back, well worth the hours of packing and repacking to make it get within the dreaded Ryan Air weight restrictions, we shed our tears and said our goodbyes.
This is the Thank You time. That lump in throat moment when it all spins out before you again, all the memories, the magic and the love and laughter. Take deep breath and just get on with it…..
Thank You SO much to Lisa and Marc for giving me their fabulous home, for letting me into their world. For my love hate relationship with the "Bat Mobile", my big chance to drive a convertible in the South of France . For all the good talk and friendship, for them just being the very special people they are.
To their lovely daughter Talullah, who made idgy so welcome and shared her sense of fun, toys and madcap ideas.
To my darling Alison, who picked me up, brushed me off and set me on a joyous course of discovery and fun. you are an amazing person with the biggest heart in the world.
To her husband Jon, kindness personified. Their daughter Willow (Thelma to my Louise) who played the best tour guide known to man. To her brother Mortimer who took Idgy fishing and showed her a different world. To Janet and Brian, Alison's Mum and Dad, who welcomed me with open arms and warm hearts.
To all the others, Cheryl, Steve, Paul, Pete, Tracey, Vince, Karen et al.
You made it all happen, you made dreams come true, and really I cannot thank all of you enough.
So this is the 'last day' photo, Alison and I in Mugron for a girly afternoon. see us smiling in the sunshine, friends through and through.
I had a FABULOUS time in France. I took over 2000 photographs and wore out a camera. Wore out my flip flops and wore out my heart.
I went there with hopes and dreams, things changed, sands drifted and shadows fell over some things, while the sun shone so very brightly over others. Sometimes what you want just isn't right and circumstances alter to change things and create just what you need.
I came home last night with excess baggage – a heart full of love and something seriously special – strength.
Strength and courage to let go, to gird my loins and deal with the hassles of home. There is a lot to do, but now I feel I can cope, can go for it with a lighter heart, a clearer head and a vision for the future.
There are still so many photos and memories I could share with you. If you like I will fill more pages with images of France and notes on my days.
But this one is for my friends in France and it is a great big THANK YOU straight from the heart.