Well the preparations were long and draining, and there was stress and anxiety and tears, but now we are here and the weather is fine and the trees are heaving with fruit and all is well. The South of France is an idyllic place and the romanticism surrounding it is justified. Of course, life continues to be made up of complexities and challenges and I don't want to pretend that that's not the case. However, the cherries really are that red and tasty (and available on the backyard tree whenever we feel the urge!) and I'm loving the extra hands that are currently available for playing with little ones. We are lucky to be here, for sure.