I am always thrilled when I can share one of my favorite writers, Heather Robinson, with you. Not only does this talented woman describe her home in Provence with breathtaking delicacy, but her photography is as eloquent as her words.
Not only do I imagine seeing, hearing, tasting and touching through her refined sensibilities, but I enter a very special universe, simultaneously vibrant and quiet. Journeys with Heather are always, for me, a sensual meditation.
In this musing on a walk through the forest, having just returned from a visit “home” in the States, Heather contemplates who she is in the many environments she inhabits. Aren’t we all a stranger in some ways, even in the surroundings that are part of earliest chapters?
Aren’t we sometimes strangers in the places that seem to be our most natural homes?
Please enjoy “Wandering through the forest away from home,” which begins below and continues on Heather’s site. You’re in for a treat.
Wandering through the forest away from home
by Heather Robinson
Who are you when you are away from home?
Do you feel like you carry yourself intact – your own little bubble bouncing within the big blue marble – wherever you are? Or do you feel the edges start to blur and shift as they tend to when you are picking your way through an unknown forest, senses alive and prickling?
I have been away from Provence – and from Remi and the dogs – since May 28th. My Mom took time off to be with me for a week and we all helped my Sister move into a beautiful new home. During those busy days, filled with action and movement, I strode forth as Heather Who Lives in France, carried by the song of my life there. But now my Mom and Sister have gone back to their normal schedules and I am spending quite a bit of time alone…
Read more at Lost in Arles…
Heather Robinson is a travel writer and photographer who resides in the south of France. A devotee of the delights of Arles — its complex mesh of history, vitality and quality of life — Heather is currently offering a three hour walk through “Le Centre Historique” for small groups of up to six people. Contact Heather for details, visit her beautiful blog at Lost in Arles, and visit Heather on Instagram @lostinarles.
Image detail and featured image, © Heather Robinson
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