stephmodo: Quiet Mornings

Quiet Mornings

• 02 July 2009

At home I love having somewhat of a schedule—a little bit of structure seems to bring me peace, a sense of purpose, and more room for productivity. But here, I love not having anywhere to go and mostly the quiet mornings (the lack of more than 5 or 10 minutes of internet daily helps too!). Our days are busy but the sereneness of our surroundings make me feel more balanced. The change of pace is most welcomed.

While we are in the process of making La Maisonnette habitable, we are renting a simple home in the countryside behind Beynac from a local farmer and his wife. While the interior is dated (think 80’s French), it is clean, simple and uncluttered. You can tell the couple takes pride in this property, which is likely their “nest egg”, and it’s enlightening to observe how little a family needs to have a good life. Here my children have no toys, games, or the possibility of watching a movie. It’s all about playing outside under the trees with some little chairs (when the weather permits) and making forts inside (when the weather doesn’t permit). I love it. I’m taking notes…

We will see what the rest of the day brings but so far it’s brought a welcomed breeze (yesterday it was 85/90 degrees), a morning shower, and a little mug of good, dark hot chocolate. The French certainly have it right when it comes to chocolate!


  1. The rental sounds wonderful and easy to maintain. I love every detail you share.


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