Carpe diem part 1 – and some thoughts on going back to the UK

So I flew back to the UK last Thursday night for work and a face to face family catch- up. My third trip back since May and Trev’s first!


This sunset view from the Toulouse-Blagnac airport restaurant, Le8me Ciel (good Caesar salad) was quite stunning and I wished, as usual , that I had brought a proper camera. As our bags were close to the edge of cabin bag limit, and I needed to buy things I couldn’t get easily in France, not possible sadly.

The flight was a late slot and our plan was to stay over at the other end at Stansted before driving over to South Wales for a big work commitment and then on up to see friends and family in the Midlands.

I can’t comment on the work gig, but the sight of these two on Saturday morning in one of our favourite cafes was well worth the trip. My son here is consciously adopting his default  “The Thinker” pose statue Auguste Rodin   and being squeezed by his sister, who then went onto crush Trev for about ten  minutes . The painful reality of dealing with having us in France and missing us is getting more, not less, it seems.

I love this photo, it’s their personalities, one quiet but quirky and one sweet but intense, on a plate.


About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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12 Responses to Carpe diem part 1 – and some thoughts on going back to the UK

  1. We left two teenager in the UK when we left. I was step mother and it had been a difficult few years as their mother had thrown them literally to us in England. It went very pear-shaped and they do not speak to us now and is painful. Its not easy deciding to go to another country but sometimes for your own sanity, family has to understand. If you don’t pull together, you all loose out. But children do have to understand adults have choices too,


  2. Osyth says:

    It really is the only rub of moving abroad and leaving adult children behind …. they miss as much as you miss because you brought them up with loving heart and arms and you were a little team that went through so much together. The real testimony to their love for you is that they are overjoyed to see you but they don’t make it hard for you to follow your dream. X PS: I’m a TT too (terminal trollop, that is 😉)

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  3. poshbirdy says:

    Wow, they are both so like you and yet so different. Lovely pic x

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  4. francetaste says:

    That’s a great photo. Rejoice in your kids.

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  5. Ellen A. says:

    Your love for them reflects like a mirror in their eyes.

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  6. Bizzy says:

    They miss you that much, even though they are adults? That’s so sweet! I couldn’t get out of the house fast enough and every time I went back, I wondered why I bothered. I hope it doesn’t cause you to move back, as you seem happy in France but still, it’s touching.

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