My last journey in October was to Paris, to the Cemetery in Montparnasse. There we were to lay to rest a Frenchman who had been living with his wife and family in England for many years. It was a long day, leaving home at about 8.30am and arriving back after 10.30pm and although the train took the strain it was quite a tiring day. The funeral took place only a few metres from the graves of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre and one of my favourite composers, César Franck..
It was a moving experience to be there on a warm, autumn day, and to see this Frenchman laid to rest in the family tomb.
Another longish trip in October was to the resort of Méribel in the Alps. Thankfully too early for snow, although it was well in evidence on Mont Blanc and the surrounding peaks. Here we were to inter the ashes of a British man in the garden he loved and cherished. The day was poignant rather than sad, the words of Ewan MacColl seemed particularly appropriate…..
Take me to some high place of heather, rock, and ling,
Scatter my dust and ashes, feed me to the wind,
So that I will be part of all you see, the air you are breathing –
I’ll be part of the curlew’s cry and the soaring hawk,
The blue milkwort and the sundew hung with diamonds;
I’ll be riding the gentle wind that blows through your hair,
This month it’s been a case of have ceremony – will travel! My celebrant wanderings have taken me from the Limousin (where I live) right down to the Pyrenees. Here I had the pleasure of conducting a wedding celebration for a Scottish couple who’d come to France especially to get married. The weather was dull and rainy when I arrived, but the day of the wedding dawned bright and warm – so the bride had her wish and the whole ceremony took place outdoors on a lovely patio looking right out onto the high Pyrenees in the distance.
And not only did the Bride have a lovely view and the warm sunshine, in addition, a gorgeous arbour, made with beautiful fresh flowers.
Leslie Mitchell is resident in France and available for Wedding Ceremonies,Funerals, and Namings.
He is a Registered Celebrant of the Humanist Society Scotland and is authorised by the Registrar General of Scotland to conduct legal marriages in Scotland. His experience as a celebrant goes back more than a decade and he offers his services to members of the British community living in France. Ceremonies can be conducted in either French or English and of course in a mixture of both languages as appropriate.
Please contact me on 05 55 60 87 07 for further details