Hello dear readers and friends. Well it’s been an incredible couple of months, hasn’t it… If you’re taking the time to read this post, thank you for hanging in there with me and continuing to follow this blog.
Where to start?
First, I hope you are all healthy and doing as best as you can during this time of crisis. It’s hit us all in different ways… at different times.
We’re doing a lot better in France. Local shops have reopened, public transport is running, and even many of the open-air Provençal markets are open… with socially-distanced measures in place.
As for us, we were really lucky. Apart from being in a region that was not as heavily impacted, we benefitted from all of the social services which make living in France so great… in my humble opinion, of course. I was able to stay at home and take care of our daughter while still receiving my full salary from work. I thought just keeping my job was a plus, this was something I would have never imagined.
Of course, mistakes were made in the handling of the crisis, as with other countries, but overall, the government’s measures were swift and straightforward with a consistent message – which I really appreciated. Nor did everyone follow the rules to the letter… but it went far better than it could have – and we still managed to have toilet paper 😊
I’m back to work part-time, and with summer-like weather coming knocking at our door, it’s been great to get out to some of our favorite beach towns like Sanary-sur-Mer. Something as simple as sharing an ice cream along the port and picking up some pastries at our favorite bakery seems like the coolest thing on the planet at the moment.
Apart from that, the last two months were spent playing about 274 board games (Monopoly Junior is a thing here), cooking about 725 meals (I made empanadas for the first time, my crowning glory of confinement), and discovering I could make margaritas from the lemons in our side yard (good ones too, surprisingly).
We’re definitely not out of the woods yet, but things are looking better and hoping they are for you too, in your corner of the world.
Wishing you a very bon week-end and I hope you enjoy these few photos from our last few months at home.