Quietly Waiting

There are moments when the waiting becomes a papable being in your life. You feel its presence and you feel it consuming you as it grows.

There have been numerous waits since our move to France. We waited in Australia too but there it did not seem so nebulous. Those waits could be reasoned against.

Here we struggle to find a balance between knowing what to wait for and what to tenaciously hound along. Knowing the difference is key and we rarely know for sure.

Looking north on Lyon's rue de la République
Looking north on Lyon’s rue de la République
Looking south on Lyon's rue de la République
Looking south on Lyon’s rue de la République

For the most part, waiting patiently is the right choice. The system does work but it is slow. Attempting to chase will cause delays and stir up problems. Wait, and wait patiently.

This pace forms much of the slower-way-of-life that immigrants claim to seek. So long as you are settled and comfortable where you are waiting, then the wait can be put aside until it is ready. That lazy approach, that beguiling claim, that everything will sort itself out – eventually.

Assuming you are settled is the key. By the time you are settled, you have existed long enough in the system to have suffered, learnt, and adapted. At least you should have adapted; those that do not, or can not, are sure not to remain long.

Looking east on Lyon's pont de la guillotière
Looking east on Lyon’s pont de la guillotière

So what is this wait for? A dossier to move from one person to another until it reaches our hands. When it arrives, we expect to be able to breathe a little more freely. Until then the wait is papable and increasingly oppressive.

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Bourg-en-Bresse Sightseeing

We spent a pleasant weekend in Bourg-en-Bresse. The town is small enough to be easily walkable, and there was more to see than I expected. We started with the walking tour printed on the tourist office map, which took us past the numerous half-timbered houses, before visiting the busy Saturday market to pick up supplies for lunch.

Half-timbered houses, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
Half-timbered houses
Coloured half-timbered houses, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
The half-timbered houses come in different colours
Cafe tables fill the square with the church in the distance, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
Cafe tables fill the square with the church in the distance
Fountain with church spire in the backgroud, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
Fountain with church spire in the distance
Flowers adorn the windows of this old house, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
Flowers adorn the windows of this old house
So many half-timbered houses, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
So many half-timbered houses
Shady cafe tables, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
Shady cafe tables
Theatre roof, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
Theatre roof

The biggest surprise was the Monastery of Brou, a national monument which is a short distance from the town centre. The white church is roofed in brightly-coloured tiles; a striking sight against a blue sky. The monastery buildings are more modest, and conceal a little garden behind them. The monastery and church are no longer operational and have both been converted into a museum. Have a look at Graham’s video of our monastery visit.

Monastery of Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
Monastery of Brou
Monastery garden, Monastery of Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
Monastery garden
The tiled roof shone in the sun, Monastery of Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
The tiled roof shone in the sun

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Wild Flowers in the Park

Near the bee hotel in Lyon’s parc de la tête d’or is a small section set aside for wild flowers.

At least it is most years. In 2012 I filmed the flowers and bees buzzing around. That footage has been sitting unloved ever since.

Only now have I put together the footage into a short film. The film is below and on my Graham Miln YouTube channel.

This year the same area is mown. No sign of the beautiful display from previous years. A year fallow maybe?

A small section set aside for wild flowers near the bees.
A small section set aside for wild flowers near the bees.
Wild flowers in Lyon's parc de la tête d'or.
Wild flowers in Lyon’s parc de la tête d’or.

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