Taking advantage of my youngest daughter enjoying a break from school after Easter, I moved my working quarters to St Raphael. The weather is predictably sunny and clear, helped by a powerful blowing of the mistral.
For those who don’t know it, mistral is a powerful dry northern wind. It is reputed to be a healthy wind as it dries the air, although in the summer it is responsible or the firestorms that ravage the south of France; we had a couple of brushes with these phenomenons and they’re not nice.
However, the reason I mention mistral is that I have discovered it induces massive headaches in yours truly. This is obviously related in some way which I don’t understand to the post-surgery healing process as I never experienced this before. Yesterday we were in the hills behind St Tropez to visit a most wonderful XII century monastery and the wind was truly howling around these ancient stones, a most picturesque setup, but it marked the onset of a migraine outbreak so bad I could not drive and had to down a mouthful of Tylenols.
Mirella says that popular wisdom has it that windy weather is “bad for nerves”: I’m not quite sure what this means, but luckily another popular wisdom contribution says that wind “lasts three days”, so I’m staying in for a couple of days, just to make sure.