Out into the sunshine

Believe it or not, since April 13, I hadn’t been outside a building until yesterday. (That’s if you don’t count the couple of minutes spent being loaded into and then out of the ambulance that brought me here to the clinic in Montfaucon from the hospital in Toulouse.)

But Sunday was, well, sunny, and I thought it was high time that I should get some air and some sun. This also gives me a chance to show you the exterior of the large, historic (but highly modernized) clinic where I’m currently residing, La Roseraie. It’s about 40 kilometres from our home base in Daglan.

My first visit outdoors came just after lunch, when I spent about an hour soaking up the rays. Then in the later afternoon, my wife Jan and I engaged in a snappy little game of Trivial Pursuit while sitting outside.

The compound is surrounded by stone walls, and here’s a look at the gated front entrance:

Just outside the front gates.

Just outside the front gates.

As you enter the courtyard, walking up towards the front doors, you’ll see this massive, majestic tree, a horse chestnut:

A majestic tree stands in front of the Acceuil, or Reception.

A majestic tree stands in front of the Acceuil, or Reception.

It has an elegant look, don’t you think? And by the way, credit for the photos goes to Jan, Radio Free Daglan’s Chief Staff Photographer — and daily visitor.

So far this morning, the day looks pretty sunny, so I may spend some more time in the sunshine. Which reminds me: I’d better check our supplemental health insurance to see if it covers Hawaiian Tropic.

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13 Responses to Out into the sunshine

  1. Doug Curson says:

    Good to know that you’re recovering.

  2. following your progress with with great interest. So pleased everything is going well for you. What a delightful place to be recovering in , rather different to the outlooks from our hospital windows !!
    No comment on the food ,so it must to your liking, or is it the picnic baskets Jan turns up with … best wishes Rosemary Stuckey snr.

  3. loren24250 says:

    Thanks Rosemary! Yes, it’s an attractive place. And no, the food isn’t all that much better than at the clinic/hospital in Toulouse. I have breakfast in my room (a croissant if possible), lunch in the cafeteria (there were some pretty good lamb meatballs in tomato sauce one day, but it’s hard to name too many more “winners”). Dinner is a sandwich or other light thing in my room again, usually with help from one of Jan’s picnic baskets! (The medical care and attention, by the way, is first rate.)

  4. Sam et Jill says:

    Lorenzo, so glad you’re “Back” (see, I can be punny too). We’ve all missed your drooling over your drollity. Now that you can crawl a few feet, get back in the Gourmet Saddle and make us jealous again.

    • loren24250 says:

      Thanks, Sambo and Jill. “Crawling” is about right, and in fact I can’t travel by normal car for some time yet. And I don’t think our health coverage would pick up the tab for an ambulance to take Jan and me to dinner!

  5. Rosemary McCaffrey says:

    Good luck with your rehab, Loren. Any idea how long you will be staying in Montfacon? It looks like a lovely setting, but as Dorthy said, “There’s no place like home”!

  6. loren24250 says:

    Hi Rosemary, It will be a few more weeks — we just don’t know how much “few” means right now. Will have a better idea by week’s end.

  7. marshp2013 says:

    Your recovery centre is tres elegante, Loren. About the food — I wonder if the restaurants around there deliver …

  8. Gaynor Black says:

    Glad to hear you are getting better. Your surroundings are beautiful and Jan’s meals on wheels service plus a dose of sunshine will get you back in the driver’ seat very soon!

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