A Summer's End in France

We spent the end of our summertime in Normandy, France where we rented a little Tudor house in the middle of the dense woods far from civilisation. We drove for 12 hours, through England, a rough sea crossing and a midnight drive down country lanes. I couldn't believe how quiet it was, you could hear your own heart beating if you sat still and I found it a great comfort. I'd slip into the pool, letting the cold water rush over me as I welcomed it with open arms. My giggles and splashes echoed into the woods, I felt like I was a little child all over again and life seemed to melt away like ice. One morning the dew was evaporating and it created a hazy lace mist around the house as the sun shone through it. I ran outside with my camera and just shot and shot until my pyjamas were soaked through sticking to my skin and my hair was beaded with water. It turned into the hottest of days where we returned to the underwaters of the pool before sinking into the bath inside to warm our clammy bodies. I loved walking barefoot over the cobblestone bathroom.

Every afternoon we would collect firewood and Nathan would light a massive roaring fire in the evening. We'd sit under blankets until I'd fall asleep in front of the popping flames and then wake up for a midnight whisper in front of it before climbing the creaky wooden stairs to bed. It was those little moments which I will cherish, where we had the best conversations of our lives feeling like we were the only awake people on the planet in all the space and quietness of the countryside around us. We met our first wild hedgehog and Florrie found a nocturnal gecko, it was wildlife I'd only ever seen in zoos and we jumped around afterwards squealing with excitement. Some nights we'd sit on the corner of the woods illuminated by the stars listening to the distant owl hooting, I never knew the stars could be so bright, but they were. We could see the Milky Way and it was magical to connect with so much of nature, I wasn't ever ready to leave.

My parents smiled a smile which they only smile at one another when they're truly happy, and I felt all kinds of happy from seeing it. Being able to spend quality time with them away from the stresses of our lives in London was something I felt was well overdue. Sometimes I miss not living in the family home any more, but I'm also grateful to live within walking distance from them just down the leafy lane and over the old railway bridge. My 'baby' sister moves away from our hometown in late September, and despite her being in bed for four days with a throat infection, spending that time with her felt all the more special. I did sometimes think of our home and missed it, but then remembered our mean upstairs neighbours and never wished to return. The fun-filled days rolled by and we were back on English soil. Yet, I find that returning from France has filled me with this hunger for more travelling before the end of the year, it's made me more determined to crack down and work on the projects that mean the World to me and mainly to just stop worrying about things that really don't matter in the scheme of things. We were inspired to start rearranging our sitting room to feel more homely and we dug out a pond in our garden after I found five little frogs living in the ornamental grasses. Before we left France behind I made a promise to create a routine I was happier with, and so far it's been working out. I don't know what France did, but it fuelled us and that is one souvenir I could never have bought.

Nathan photographing me photographing my EyeEm.


    1. Wow! You can encapsulate a moment in a paragraph. As a writer, I'm impressed. Thank you for the inspiration.
      1. I wish you so much happiness ,to you and nathan,and your little dog of course and all your family :) you are amazing kitty ! Thanks for sharing theses pictures with us,they are wonderful !

        vicky on the

        1. There is something about the beaches in Normandy that is quite eerie, maybe their history or the fact that you can be quite alone and loose your world in your own thoughts, a great deal different to London i would have thought, nice images!
          1. Love your pictures! They're amazing. I was wondering what camera you've got? Lots of love from Jessica
            1. I have just stumbled upon on your blog quite by accident and whizz bang suddenly two hours have past and i am up to my waist in your beautiful beautiful words and photos. Your photography is simply stunning, i could get lost here for hours, days even , and i wouldn't mind one bit xxxxxx
              1. Hi Kitty. Admittedly I may have clicked on your profile because we have our name in common....that was on Bloglovin. When I clicked the link to your page it didn't work for some reason so I googled you and here I am. And I must say I'm totally blown away, Your work is amazing! I find it really inspirational. It seems so honest, like you're not trying to achieve a particular 'style' or look, but each image manages to ooze creativity, and you successfully deliver a really unique perspective on the world. So thanks! x
                1. These look amazing! Looks like you had a really good summer! :)
                  1. A good way to end this beautiful summer, isn't it? Lovely pictures!

                    Virginia on the

                    1. If only my holiday snaps were as stunning as yours! You make everything magical and wonderful!xxx
                      1. Oh, my! I am really happy that you enjoyed your stay in Normandy and that it inspired you so much! I also had the urge to rearrange something in my house after returning yesterday but I need to rest for a bit until I start doing something. I am feeling a bit tired since we travelled quite a lot but it will pass after I rest another night and get my energy up up since I feel inspiration inside my soul, inspiration that needs to burst out some way or another. *sorry for the long blabbing* I really loved the underwater pictures and I am happy that you did them (it is the first time that I see these kind of pics on your blog)! Long night talks under fluffy and warm covers sounds like a lovely way to spend your vacantion. I am really amazed and drawn into the stars picture! I tried spying on stars on my trip but I did not see too many: it usually was cloudy during the night and when it was not the stars seemed to be hiding! I am really curious where people see stars in Romania since I never get too see them (like in your picture for example, not just a few dots here and there). Nevertheless, magical post again <3! The cottage where you stayed looks really dreamy. Get well soon and recharge your batteries, Simona, xxx
                        1. Seriously this is something out of this world... I wish my vacation "snaps" looked anything like these - I'd have the prettiest albums! Thank you for sharing another beautiful and heartfelt story. xxx

                          Ima on the

                          1. So beautiful Kitty! So long I have lived in France and never took a trip to Normandy. I definitely will soon. Thanks as always for the beautiful pictures and words. XOXO - Haleigh @ Making Magique
                            1. Ohhh this makes me miss France so much! I used to live in Normandy when I was very little and remember it so well. I believe it is one of the most beautiful places ever. I love your stories of your travels because they always make me feel like I am living it too!

                              Heike on the

                              1. Beautiful pictures. Loved the lighting in shot with the wet cloths hanging. Great job.
                                1. It sounds and looks like an absolutely lovely trip!
                                  1. Wonderful, magical post, I love it. Your photos are beautiful and your words are inspirational
                                    1. These are so absolutely stunning! You are an amazing writer, its like I could perfectly imagine everything. The country is amazing for re-energizing!
                                      1. Kitty, please don't think I'm weird for saying this but you're photos are delicious!! Its like eye candy with the tones! Every time I look at them it makes me immediately happy. Your adventures always look so incredible and I love the way you write with them too, it kind of just adds the perfect finishing touch to your post. <3

                                        Catherine Myers on the

                                        1. I really loved reading this post, your photo's are lovely! x
                                          1. This place looks like a dreamland! I can almost smell the fresh country air by looking at them. Thank you for sharing your travels! x

                                            Hilary on the

                                            1. Charming images, Kitty! They have such a fairytale quality to them, they seem almost like paintings. And your writing is amazing, every time I read one of your posts it just makes me feel all light and gleeful.
                                              1. Kitty that place looks so magical :) love your photos and story!
                                                1. Gorgeous shots! xoxo

                                                  Hayley on the

                                                  1. Your post is so beautiful, Kitty. My partner & I have just returned home from N.Devon and I feel so inspired and refreshed upon returning - something I was missing beforehand. I love Normandy.. My sister & I went a few years ago to visit Arromanches beach to see where our Grandad landed during the Dday landings, it was incredibly emotional. On our way back to the ferry port after our trip we stopped off along the coast for a break and stumbled across a beach absolutely covered in huge cockle shells, I couldn't resist so brought home as many as I could! Keep smiling X
                                                    1. I love france, you have really shown of its beauty!
                                                      1. I felt like I was right there with you Kitty! Sounds so magical!
                                                        1. It is a wonderful post Kitty, full of joy and pretty pictures. I am really happy that you liked France that way, and that you discovered the joys of our Normandy, and really glad you liked it (being a Normand myself haha). The house you rent is amazing though, I am really jealous to never have found this pearl, seems truly gorgeous, and you seemed to had a really great time :) Lots of Love from France <3 Camille
                                                          1. Reading this is like a diary, it feels so nice to see your photos and writing blooming. Looks like a beautiful trip!

                                                            Kylie-Ann on the