Sunday, 15 August 2010

Chabichou, I Will Miss You

   These are the last of our Parisian days.  Last week was apartment hunting in Aberdeen, Scotland, where my husband will start an MA in Ethnology and Folklore in September.  I will have to sort out just what to do with myself.  I am waiting for a visa, so we'll both be able to work.  I still have to tell most people I know that I will be leaving, I find these things hard to say... that's why this is my second attempt at a post about this.  It will be lovely to live near the sea again, I think.  And I am looking forward to foggy northerness.

View from inside the laundromat

   Now that we are leaving, I live only in strings of tableaux.  Playing the good Breton wife, making a stack of galettes for my husband and his auntie.  Walking past the little wheel of devil-horned Sarkozy heads stencilled on the sidewalk. Scraping old, neglected paint off the ceramic tiles I use instead of a proper palette. Walking to the metro, playing concertina on a hard chair, scrubbing the floor on hands and knees (there are no mops in France).  For everything I ask myself if it will be the last time.  There is no work in Paris in August and so every day is a long and bizarre weekend.

   We will have to start sorting and packing things, maybe today, I suppose.  All the dull, familiar things we've looked on for the past three years will soon turn forgotten and foreign and strange again... and by then the granite, shrieking, cloudy place by the North Sea will seem homey and common.  Because the world is full of magical transformations, and everything is for the last time.


  1. I'm from the North East and the North Sea is "my sea" it's a wild, powerful unforgiving sea with a beauty in it's strength.

    I used to love listening to the BBC's shipping news naming all the distant sea areas around the British Isles the list is quite poetic.

    Soon you will have first times to help you not miss those last times too much*!*

  2. Good luck to you and your new beginnings!

  3. Heisann!
    There are surprises around every corner.
    It may not be easy to break up, to be caught up by the roots. Hope you will have a good life where you settle down...
    Best wishes ;:OD)

  4. Hi Annie,

    Where in the North East are you from? Then if I find myself around there I will think of you! The North Sea seems lovely, and I am so excited to be on the coast again... more than anything I am looking forward to that!! Even during our house hunting trip I kept trying to steer our path down near the water (much to the dismay of my husband who did not want to be out in the rain so much).

    Thanks summertime dreams and Vilt... I hope you are both having wonderful end of summer days!