Packing It Up

We’ve been busy packing our lives into boxes. I had to get rid of a lot of paperbacks, go through my clothes and decide what I wouldn’t wear anymore and wrap dishes and glasses. I’m in a state of limbo though because we are still here so I can’t pack everything as we still have to eat, wash clothes, etc. I have a feeling the day before the movers come will be very busy. I would love to get the floors all vacuumed and mopped but there are too many boxes around to do that and I am sure I will be vacuming like crazy the day the movers come, hoping to be finished in time to get the vacuum cleaner put into the truck. We’ve also been selling some furniture as we probably won’t be in a large place again.


We sold our large dining room table. It was hard to do. We’ve had a lot of fun times sitting at that table.


Here is the empty place after it was bought. You can see some of the many boxes there. We advertised on a French website to sell some things and the table was the first to go. I was hoping my couch would go quickly. It’s very large and makes into a bed and I’ve had it a long time. It’s an unfortunate shade of teal green-popular way back then-and no one seems to like it. I had it covered in an off white cover for a years, then topped it with cloth from India. We found a used furniture place and they aren’t too excited about it either. They say they have trouble selling couches. So we can pay them 50 Euros to come out and pick it up and if it doesn’t sell in a year it goes to some auction type place and they get the money. Maurice says the truck will come out but without men to move it. We will have to get it out to the truck. I assume the driver will help. It seems worth it to me as I don’t want to take it with us. We happen to have two couches and I think one will be enough.


It’s been zero degrees every morning and there is frost on everything. I went out for a walk the other day and tried to photograph it. Can you see the frost on this plant?

< As the frost melts in the sun, a mist rises. I tried to catch that too with this vineyard. The days get really nice as long as the sun shines and the mistral stays away. I will miss my home but I will not miss the mistral.

7 thoughts to “Packing It Up”

  1. Dear Linda, We will miss your beautiful home. I’m so thankful that at least we were able to go there and spend some time with you and Maurice – [won’t ever forget that yummy barbecue ;-)]

  2. The vineyard photo is great. It should be on a calendar or at least a coffee table book. That table would be hard to part with — so sturdy, so family. Can’t your regular movers drop the couch off somewhere? Goodwill? Do they have something like that in France?

  3. How about if you just leave the couch? Let the new owners ‘have’ it. After all, it IS a larger home and they will NEED additional furniture… RIGHT?? 🙂

  4. Linda, I’m just back from California only to find you are leaving your beautiful home in Provence! Wow, this is a huge surprise and I just hope you and Maurice will soon find somewhere more to your liking (size of house, no snails etc.). Of course nobody would actually want to leave Provence unless they had a very important reason, so I know this must be so with you dear. I’m always remembering when we met in Lourmarin, such a lovely day, and have been dreaming of somehow returning. Doesn’t look too likely though as I have many other places around the world already on my travel itinerary for the next 2 years, so another visit to France may be some years off!

    Will you be living in Paris for the time being? Not bad, even though it’s a long drive from Provence! Bob and I send good wishes for your move dear – keep us updated on everything, and don’t stop blogging.

    Hugs -Mary

  5. Oh! I’m so sorry you had to sell the dining table – I love that it has drawers in it. Hope you’re keeping the beautiful antique buffet. It makes me sad to see the house looking so empty but so very glad that we were able to enjoy it. Well, the next place will be an adventure to find and lots of fun to decorate.

    We’ve been out of town so I’m just catching up on the blog. I think Patti (above) has a great suggestion. Perhaps you can leave the couch in place and put a card on it reading, “Sit back and enjoy your new home.”

  6. On the move again. I am sure you are going to miss this this lovely place.
    Sheep and cows in the town,a good reminder of rural France

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