Before they moved away this summer, we used to see them a good few times a week as they only lived a 10 minute drive away, so it's taken a lot of getting used to not just being able to rock up at their house to see them. However, I do think there is a lot of truth in that old saying "Absence makes the heart grow fonder" and now, when we do see them, it's real quality time and we appreciate them and all they do even more.
We loved the experience of staying in a tiny, rural village in the middle of nowhere. It's great for making you slow down your pace of life, and it was such a contrast from the craziness of our normal lives in England, where things tick over at such a fast pace 24/7. We totally slowed down, relaxed and stepped away from social media and emails. We totally underestimated how quiet it would be and how the way of life is so different to in the UK. We didn't see lots of sights or do any touristy things. Instead, we did lots of ordinary things like going on walks with the family dog, exploring their new woods and going to buy bread at the boulangerie.
Little One really does seem to appreciate the simpler things in life which I think is lovely. We enjoyed doing very little, eating lots and taking life at a super slow pace. It was so nice for Little One to spend an extended period of time with his Granma and Grampa and let him see the beautiful sights of another country. I can't wait to take him to visit again.
Exploring the beautiful region of Limousin.
Finding the beautiful in ordinary everyday things. He loved looking at the candles in a church.
...and a simple fern leaf.
There's nothing better than going for a muddy walk through a field in your wellies.