November 27th. A day, this year, that I wasn’t particularly looking forward to. In the past it had been a day of celebration, my Mothers’ Birthday, a day that I always tried to be at home for, but as she had passed away earlier in the year I was not so sure how I would feel at this time. Additionally I had a dental appointment for a wisdom tooth extraction and the weather was foul. Just warm enough to be raining but bitterly cold, windy. What a day it was going to be.
Percy managed the descent without so much as a shudder and felt much better on flatter ground. I had time to stop in at the estate agents to discuss the land with the ruins that I had seen before and clarified a few points. Suffered the french dentist with much less pain and discomfort that I had been led to believe (the noise of the tooth leaving the jaw bone was the worst part) and some excellent advice - to take pain killers as the anaesthetic wears off before the onset of pain as it is easier to keep the pain at bay than to dissipate it after it has arrived. I dislike taking pain killers, but on this occasion was more than happy to take his advice and it worked a treat.
Slightly numb, I revisited the land at Vieuzos, with the huge oak tree, discovered the real site of the well, with it’s huge concrete safety cover, located more fruit trees and paid much more attention to the ruins and their possible future uses. The space felt good again, better in fact than the first visit, it is ticking loads of boxes and has character, something that most of the plots I look at lack, definitely one to persue further. The rain held off whilst I visited and later in the day, rays of sunlight streamed through a distant gap in the clouds, illuminating the hazy landscape beneath, as if angels were shining lights from above, letting me know that life was rosy on the other side. I continued north for a while, aiming for my good friends Vanessa and Lisa in their new abode to see how the renovations were coming along and to help with the planting of two hundred trees. All in all a much better day than I had expected.