Ever since saying yes to a six month film job in York this Summer (documenting the construction of the UK's most advanced solar farm with a drone) I have been feeling quite disconnected from the family I left behind in the Pyrenees Mountains, South of France. I chose to not bring them with me mostly because our home village is such a perfect place for kids in the Summer and I needed to stay focused on my work.
I didn't intend for it to be so long before I visited them, but the unexpected death of a friend and complications with my job led to a four month period of separation... and I can tell you now with certainty, I will never again leave them for this amount of time.
The picture at the top shows Esteban & Luna enjoying my new drone outside our home. After taking it for a little fly around the courtyard they demanded more so we went for a little walk up to the top of the village where we could get a better view.
We launched from the green balcony next to the car park.
This is our home village, 360m above sea level, with a population of around 300.
Not a bad spot really. Spain is on the other side of these mountains.
Our allotment is visible in this shot (bottom left) at the edge of the village, a 5min walk from our home in the centre of the village.
The highest peak you can see in the distance is called the Canigou, at 2,785m.
Last year I climbed it barefoot, as is my way.
Looking in the other direction down the valley, you can't quite see the sea, but it isn't far away, just 30mins drive.
I would have flown the drone more during my 3 day holiday but I was so busy having fun with Sabrina & the kids, we only had time on this one occasion.
We live here because Sabrina's mother lives here in this village. When we learned she had a stomach cancer we moved last year from Bali to be with her. And guess what, after being told she only had a year to live she is now being told the cancer has shrunk to the point where it can be removed and she can get back to living a normal life.
I know all parents say it, but my children are special.
They have watched me performing Reiki on them and on Sabrina's mother and they are both confident little healers in their own right.
Ultimately we came here to help Sabrina's mother who like so many people wasn't interested in changing her lifestyle and doesn't hear us when we explain the various problems with the modern medical system... so it had to be done energetically.
She has ABSOLUTE faith in her doctors, who have drained her of money for the last year and frankly almost killed her!
Now she is a morphine addict and her next battle will be to say goodbye to that.
Still, we did what we came here to do and soon it will be time to move on.
Our intention is to find an old farmhouse in this region and put down our roots, somewhere we can build an eco community around us.
Looking forward to showing you more images from this amazing little holiday with my family :)
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