I don't know if it is a symptom of the impending gallop to being 50 years old, the lifestyle change of owning a house in another country we can actually visit, or a just a sign that in the 21st Century we own too much STUFF, but I am amazed at what I pack to go to Preuilly.
Not so long ago I was capable of travelling around the world for six weeks carrying just hand luggage. For six weeks in France I will be carrying; a computer and monitor, 2 cameras, 2 boxes of empty wine bottles (for refilling, naturally), 2 garden trugs, a guitar, a ukulele and a euphonium, a box of C.D.s and a box of books, 2 toolboxes, a stepladder, and a bookcase. And a HUGE suitcase full of clothing.
And then................ I will be bringing most of it back to London. Makes sense, doesn't it.
So if you happen to see what looks like a one man band carting the contents of a charity shop down the French A28, give me a wave...........
I'll need it.