Like a wet rag.

Don’t mistake me.   My wife and I are moving to the Cote d’Azur, the famous Riviera of the South of France, the haunt of Russian aristocrats, English gentry and the fabled artists and writers of the Jazz Age.  I shall be living in a town which has welcomed Robert Louis Stevenston, Katherine Mansfield, Maupassant, Jean Cocteauand, I’m certain, numerous other writers and poets.  I am over the moon at the thought of it.  And we are flying out in just over a week.

Katherine Mansfield

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However, I am absolutely shattered.  The amount of work and emotional impact of making such a move is draining.  There is the sheer amount of clearing out and getting rid of years of possessions.  We must have got rid of over six hundred books, many of them long treasured.  They’ve all gone to good homes, principally because of the charitable work of Toni at the Wellington Bookshop.

Then there is the bitter-sweet experience of saying farewell to so many friends and discovering just how much we like them and they like us.

I feel like I have gone twenty rounds with Yogi Bear.  Bruised and cuddled in equal measure.

But in a week we will be ensconced in a hotel near Bristol and in a week and a day flying, like the birds, south for the winter.  It will be the best of bon voyages.  In the meanwhile, however, I am like a wet rag.



About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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