Awaken to Beynac in the Perigord/Dordogne, France

Bonjour mes amis,

I’m taking you to the beautiful Dordogne in the Perigord Noir (or Black Perigord) region of South Western France today and we’re going to take a little boat ride down the Dordogne River and dream happy thoughts. Why? Because it’s my favourite spot in the world and I’ve had a tough week. It started off when we had to put down our beautiful sixteen year old Golden Retriever, Winston (commonly known to all here as Winnie or just Win) last Saturday, which left us broken hearted.

Winnie has been our guardian, our companion, our door mat and our listening ear forever. Lover of the kids’ kingdoms including the sandpit, pool parties, BBQ’s and new garden beds and honorable devourer of All and Sundry. Win was unfussy. The most unfussy individual I have ever known.That’s what made him so adorable.

He was here to love. He witnessed the first bicycle ride, the first trampoline jump (from the top of the trampoline), the first pool party and even our first fireblower on the lawn last Christmas holidays. He saw other pets come and go who could’nt last his distance. Occasionally he would walk down the road and inevitably become lost and a neighbour would shuffle him home again and then he  would sit forever on your feet until you couldn’t feel your toes anymore.

He was here to eat. And he did that so well. I thought his favourite was my Beef Bourgnoine until I watched him devour a disposal nappy when I had Mother’s Group around. Whipped it off some unsuspecting customer with a minimum of fuss! I was left confused.

A massive doggie, who never had his heart in the Security Business.This big boy would bark at sunset to be escorted to the garage for his soothing classical music and sleep soundly with the light on. Unless of course, there were our kids sleeping in the tent on the occasional “camp out” nights. Then and only then would he muster the courage and conviction to spend the entire evening under the moon, right outside the tent door like some mammoth Egyptian stone monument guarding the Temple.

What’s this got to do with Beynac, France? Win was certainly not French. (And I loved him, hard to believe non?) I told you in the beginning that I would like to take you down the Dordogne River at Beynac to think happier thoughts and live the dream of great experiences (and that doesn’t just include our hairy companions I realise!)

You will love the south west of France. One day I’ll have a house there with a big vegetable patch and all my family and friends like you will be able to dance in the sun and live the dream as well. (Why I didn’t attach Paypal to these blogs I will never know!)

So in Beynac, we can soak up the sun in this and let’s drift away…

And from here we’ll gaze upon the northern bank of the Dordogne …

And take in the beautiful Beynac views…

And the warmth will lull us.

Beynac’s light makes for a painter and photographers’ paradise. Or, you can take the alternate method and walk or cycle or even horse ride and wind through the narrow lanes of the village to see Beynac’s Castle (referred to by the locals as Chateau de Beynac). There’s plenty of history here dating from the Hundred Years War!

You can be feel very artistic here or not. It’s up to you.

As for me, I’ll just float along for a while thinking happy thoughts of our great big beautiful dog, Winnie.

One things for certain, the Dordogne region is breathtakingly beautiful countryside and you’ll feel better just by having spent some time here.

Be sure to visit.

Au Revoir,

Best Wishes, Therese Waddell

copyright@2010Therese Waddell


7 Responses to “Awaken to Beynac in the Perigord/Dordogne, France”

  1. Look great, Therese….and through lack of time I had to pass up an opportunity to visit the Dordogne this year. Next year, maybe! All the best, Richard

  2. Hi Therese,

    So sorry to hear about your beautiful boy. I am sure he’s having a lovely time in doggy heaven… not that it makes it any easier for you and the family.
    Your pictures of the Dordogne take me back to a year ago when I was there – it was the most beautiful place. Thank you for reminding me!

    Sarah x

    • Oh thanks for thinking of us, Sarah. He’s one big fella who is sadly missed and hard to believe he’s actually not going to bound out of the garage (you see he ate his kennel) and slobber you in kindness.. He left such a big mark on everybody here, not to mention the food bill!
      All the best and see you soon. Therese x

  3. Therese,
    I know I’m late to this entry, but I want you to know how touched I am by your beautiful words and tribute to your wonderful dog. I, too, have a beauty–a newf-lab mix–that is now in the dying process. I am devastated beyond belief and can barely see to type as tears are a constant vision-blur. This comes on the heels of a year of grief following the death of my wonderful father. My heart is broken and I share what you must have been feeling–are feeling. My dog ate EVERYTHING–could clean off a plate of hordorves (i should learn to spell this word since it’s my favorite thing in the world with my wine) at any party when our backs were turned and lived to LOVE. I just started a blog trying to document my confusion for those struggling with the same mess because when I searched the internet I couldn’t find much info (didn’t find this blog at first).
    Take a look if you feel up to it:

    You can see my baby and maybe you have some insight you might care to share. Currently I’m struggling with WHEN TO DO IT and more importantly when (and do I?) to administer the prednisone and pain pills. I don’t want to start too early, particularly with 30% of his liver affected with cancer (and anal region, pelvis, adrenals, lungs and possibly brain!!!!!) How the hell did this happen? This sort of prognosis with large dogs (maybe even all dogs are eventually taken down by cancer?) makes me NEVER want to get another dog and go through this ever again. I still have three cats to enjoy and eventually let go. URGH. I hope your heart is healing.

    • Dear Melissa,
      Thankyou so much for your heartfelt email and comments. Losing a lifelong companion is so hard and we underestimate the misery our furry friends give us when they leave us.The loss is great as they provide perfect companionship without complaining, commenting or talking back! Im so sorry for your impending loss. The only advice I can think of which worked well for us,having lost our dog after nearly 17 years, was that we by complete chance ended up minding our another dog and eventually kept him as a special request.It eventually was the best thing in the world for us and the kids, as he grew to be just as loyal.
      We would never have chosen a Toy Poodle ourselves having had larger dogs all along, but he was more manageable with everything, just as loving, very intelligent and obedient and proved a totally remedy when we lost Winnie.
      Go buy yourself another doggie now, to ease the pain and let your dog die in peace without pain. You will know when the time is right.
      Melissa, open your heart to new beginnings and a fresh start. All things are transient. Kindest regards, Therese x

      • Thank you, Thank you, Therese. I just posted another on my blog/s. Maybe you can take a peak….I don’t want to get another dog while we have Zolton still with us because I think it would just about break his heart. Thanks so much for blogging about your journey and for encouraging me. love, melissa

      • All the best Melissa and keep up the great blog- I had a peek the other day! You’ll be OK. Therese

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