It was simple to think of writing about a special place. My late husband and I lived in an idyllic cottage in Brittany France. It was meant to be our forever house in the quiet and beautiful French countryside. We had already watched over a number of years how the changing seasons affected the countryside, the farming routines and our own lives. In my writing I wanted to show that the world continues even if your own world is ripped apart.

Carrie Dunne, @CjdHerts, is a retired teacher, science/maths tutor and teacher trainer for 3-16 age ranges. She also wrote science and maths books for primary school teachers.

This story is read by Mariah Gale and is one of nine selected from entries to a competition run by the Museum of Walking and included in an anthology called Flash #MyLandmarks published in November 2019 by Sampson Low Publishers and available from them or from the Museum of Walking.