Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It is 6 weeks to Easter and the return of the Hirondelles is imminent. Last year they were recorded as having arrived around 31 March and it just so happens that Easter falls on 31 March this year.
It is always good to see them as their antics and chirping cheer us all up after the winter. It is not just the birds, who brighten up our lives in spring and summer but the 2 legged variety of 'Hirondelles', who spend their summers in their maisons secondaires and return to Britain for winter. We look forward to renewing the acquaintance of all our new friends here in France.
The advent of spring sees the start of the village social calendars, with organised walks, brocantes and music festivals. There is something to do every weekend within a short drive.
Walking, here in the Touraine, is always a pleasure with a plethora of marked routes, through the countryside at one with nature, take some exercise and generally just feel glad to be alive.