Ill in France!

28 Mar

After my last business trip to the UK I returned with a cold (I never had a cold before) and this rapidly turned into an upper respiratory tract infection. After a week of getting worse, I went to see the doctor who diagnosed the beginnings of bronchitis. For this he prescribed antibiotics, a cough medicine, cortisone tablets and an asthma inhaler! Four days into the treatment I’m feeling a lot better, thank goodness.

However just as I’m recovering, Trish has come down with sinusitis and is feeling quite rotten. Happily we are able to support each other. So today, I took her English class in the library and had a very entertaining hour working with seven ladies from the village on their English! They also challenged me to translate their exercise into French which I did with some praise, I am pleased to say!

To cheer us up, we went out for a drive on Sunday. We are looking for aquatic plants for the phytoépuration project (sewage treatment by reed beds) we are putting in place here. We drove along La Rigole (the channel that feeds mountain water to the Canal du Midi) but it was too fast flowing for plants to grow in. So we went off to the lake of Lampi and whilst plants were spotted, they weren’t of the right type. So we then set off for the source of the river Alzeau (le prise d’Alzeau) but struck out here as well. Never mind, I soon found all the plants we need – on the Internet! We can purchase them online for delivery next week which is definitely more economic than driving hundreds of kilometres around the Aude in the hope of finding some of the seven types of aquatic plants we seek!

However on the way back we saw a bucolic scene – a cow washing her newly-born calf. Cows are one of my favourite animals; so placid and always curious. so here’s some more photos!

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