MY FRENCH ADVENTURE, CHAPTER 4

The Cosy Cottage That Wasn’t

And uncertainty about what to do next

Janice Macdonald
Published in
5 min readFeb 20, 2024

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Even my daughter’s orange duvet couldn’t dispel the gloom. Photo credit: The author

Although I’d packed Pema Chodron’s book “When Things Fall Apart” in my luggage, I hadn’t expected things to fall apart quite so quickly — or so literally. I stood in the bedroom, as plaster drifted from the ceiling onto the concrete floor and over my still unpacked suitcases…

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Janice Macdonald
Crow’s Feet

At 68, I started a new chapter in my life: I moved to France. Alone. It turned out to be quite the page-turner. Still is — even when age insists on a part.