Blue skies and sunshine in Provence...this is what it's all about, especially after weeks of unending dreariness and rain in England. The sharpness of light and shadow takes the breath away and makes you feel as if you have Super-sight.
Just look at the colour of this sky!
The cotton lavender and thyme are silvery among these bright white stones...
...and a rose in the courtyard still holds on to its leaves, now a sun-capturing yellow against the house.
Cosy though the Christmas through to New Year slump can be - though not for those suffering the floods that have scoured the British countryside so cruelly this year - there's nothing like a shift in the light to raise the winter spirits. Hope you are warm and dry wherever you are.