Monday, March 1, 2010

We made it...

There was a real sense of 'We made it though the winter' in our family and our town today. Children set off on their return to school in full daylight, and families spent a sunny afternoon together yesterday, down at the Coulée Verte. For us there's the knowledge that my virus is finally being beaten by the treatment, and the increased energy that a combination of health, sunshine and steroids ;( brings!
Son 1 may still be limping after breaking his ankle in the January snows, but he is back on full form and his activity, along with his brother, has known no bounds in these last few days of the holidays.
The sense of release may also come from the fact that our town knows it has been very lucky - many people in France suffered badly, and a number have died, in the storm that swept through Europe on Saturday night. We were barely touched and I think there is a sense of gratitude and opening up as the spring weather reaches us in the wake of the tempête.
I managed my two school lessons today without much difficulty, although I hardly feel I have been away, having just 'lost' the intervening weeks! My students feel differently, though, and it is good to see them.
I will be taking it very easy now (OK, Angela?), teaching only three pupils between now and my next session in school on Friday. Other than that, I will focus on really getting well and enjoying the spring, however it presents itself - gusts, gales, sunshine or showers...

28 comments:

Val said...

souhaitons que l'arrivée du printemps nous apporte de nouvelles énergies!
val

The Curious Cat said...

What an uplifting post...weathering the storm and coming through it...lovely to see your boys out playing and that you are well on the mend! xxx

bellaboo said...

Good to hear that you are getting stronger.The beautiful blue sky this morning really lifted my spirits,and the sun had some warmth to it..so Spring isn't far away.Enjoy your teaching.

Bellaboo :o)

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

Glad everything is getting back to normal and your first day back at work has gone so well.

Lola Nova said...

It is amazing how a bit of sunshine can effect a whole town, we experience that here during the few breaks in rain we get until summer finally lands in all it's glory. Glad to hear that you all are safe and sound and returning to hale and hearty. Wishing you all the best!

marigold jam said...

Glad you are all feeling better now. That picture of the little lungwort reminded me of springtime in our area of France where they grow abundantly on the roadside banks. So pretty/

Lorrie said...

The light at this time of year combined with sunshine and budding plants fills me with hope and purpose. It's wonderful!
I thought of you when I heard about the violent storms in France, and am glad to hear that your area was so little affected.

Sherri B. said...

Dear Floss, your post is so happy and upbeat it made me smile. I did hear just this morning about your storm and thought of you and your family, so glad that you are safe. Spring is amazing, I opened the door very early this morning and all the birds were singing, I too felt that promise of a new beginning.

Manka said...

Hi Floss, glad to hear you're feeling better and stronger :)
Saturday night we had very strong wind here too , but not as bad as in France.
Spring is in the air here too, it's so nice :)

Sarah said...

Well is all good news then. Glad to hear the cast has gone too. Unlike my European friends who are embracing the hints of spring I am pretending not to notice the lack of leaves on some trees and pretending I still have at least two warm months left. Lucky it is still really hot! Enjoy your day Floss.

Catherine said...

Glad to hear you are feeling stronger! Enjoy the Spring!

Lululiz said...

Doesn't everything feel so much better when you get a bit of sunshine, warmth and little buds on the trees?

Kissed by an Angel said...

What lovely photos - bathed in sunshine!!!
xxxx

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

my little girl (after waking at 5.45am) and i went outside to see the big shinning moon, as she loves to do this uponing wakening (first priority is to go outside and see if we can see any stars!).
I love that Spring is coming to you over there, i do remember last year there was a huge sigh of relief on the first day of spring, for us too! It's almost as if the longest night has passed!
Hope your work pace is ok, and good to hear your son is feeling better too.

Angela said...

That's all such good news. I am glad you & Son 1 so much better, and work has been ok for you too.
And pleased to hear the awful weather has not affected you.
So many answered prayers.
love and hugs from your Little Nagging Friend! x

VintageVicki said...

Amazing how a blast of sunshine can life the spirits :)

Everyone in town today seemed to be smiling too.

Rebecca S. said...

We've been so absorbed by the Olympics and other things we have not heard the news about the tempest in France. I am glad you are all okay! March 1st is putting Spring in blogland's step today, that's for sure!

Claire@AreWeNearlyThereYet said...

I wish my boys could play with your boys, in that stream!!! What fun!
I am wondering if it is your back garden????
The Green Eyed Monster is rising if it is, hee hee.
Sorry that you have been so poorly of late, I am only just finding out about you, glad you're on the mend though.

love C. x

A Bun Can Dance said...

Gosh, it has been a long winter hasn't it, Floss? I went into a mini meltdown today as the warm sun shone into the house - a hint of Spring and Summer - how wonderful!
So pleased to hear you are getting on well with your recovery. It must feel good to be back in your teaching role.
Take care
D x

Thecraftytrundler said...

So glad you feel a lot better! This lovely spring sunshine helps too!
Have a lovely week : )

Sharon xx

Kelly said...

I have to say you have put what I felt today into words! It was a lovely day here too!

Ange said...

Floss I'm thrilled to see you're much better and all is back on track. You're right about that burst of sunshine putting a spring into our steps. Hope is in the air. HOpe we will get time to catch up again one day soon and in the mean time, let me know if you need some more magazines or muffins ;-) PS - Lili sprained her ankle coming down the stairs to the car as we were leaving the mountains! At least she got her gold star first so that was some consolation. Now it's a cast for 10 days and 3 weeks with no sport. Lots of drawing outside in the sun then for us I guess...

Sophie - Chez Sophie said...

Hi Floss, I'm soo glad your feeling better and that the treatment has worked.
Isn't it lovely to have some sunshine at last.
Luv Sophie

Kate said...

So pleased you're on the mend. Take it easy and enjoy the sunshine. Thank goodness you escaped the storms but on the other hand how awful for those who didn't, there is so much tragedy in the world x

Elizabethd said...

So pleased you are being sensible!!
I think everyone's morale is upped by the first glimpses of spring, and also the feeling of relief now the tempete has passed. So many people suffered. Our area wasnt touched, except for some high winds.

Rubyred said...

So pleased to hear that you are feeling a little better Floss!
I think the sunshine is lifting everyones spirits!
Have a great week!
Rachel x

Tabiboo said...

Spring has most definitely sprung over the past couple of days and it feels so good.

Purrfect Haven said...

so glad you are feeling better about things and appreciating your world again. We obviously heard about the storms in France - scary. We are going to stay with friends in Bergerac, they have a farm. Really looking forward to it and will blog about how we get on. Helen x