My 58th birthday and I am just where I want to be –physically (in Provence with friends), mentally and emotionally. Ahhhhh………..so Blessed. I always enjoy living in community. This week I am doing just that. We are 4 women in this magnificent villa. We range in age from 58 to 80. We have a lot in common – radical crazy- ass activists, independent, self supporting, mothers, travellers, passionate about all we do. Greta is the perfect host -so generous of her time, her home and her spirit. The days seem to flow organically with everyone moving at their own pace. Yesterday Greta drove me to Gourdon –a breathtaking village set high up in the mountain. It has little touristy shops and a few lovely cafes. I bought jasmine eau du toilette –an intoxicating fragrance that I love and always reminds me of the Mediterranean.
Earlier in the morning we went to a nearby Farmer’s Market. We bought fresh fruit, vegetables, sausage, bread and cheese. I am shopping for the perfect market basket – serious business that will probably take me the whole visit to find!
Today we had a beautiful birthday breakfast with Greta’s famous Swedish scrambled eggs ( a recipe from her Grandmother), crusty baguette, and delicious melons with banana slices. Of course, the usual pots of coffee and glasses of juice. The table was covered with a very traditional Provencal print with matching cloth napkins in the outdoor dining area where we seem to spend a lot of our time.
My friends – Greta, Audrey and Mary gifted me with a huge bottle of pure lavender essential oil that I will have great fun when I get home making bath salts and bath bombs, eau du toilette and other cosmetics, room fresheners and cleaning products. I will scent my homemade beeswax candles and look through my book that my daughers, Raya and Tovah, gave me for my birthday more than 10 years ago “Lavender and Lovage” for more ideas. At midday we drove to Juan les Pins – a sea resort where I swam in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time in 3 years. The water was cool but not for a Canadian from the east coast…..pure bliss!!! Cold beer in a cafe outside under the bright spring sun………………can you feel my JOY?