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Having left Brugge, we drove as far as we could into France using the Autoroutes where deemed neccessary. After a good few hours of driving and still 4 hours to our house, we stopped off for the night south of Tours. We rose relatively early, in yet more drizzle, to drive to our friends Paul & Karen for lunch before the last and final hour to home.
Opening the gates revealed our own version of the 'Lost Gardens of Heligan' which will no doubt take a ...
Wow, it is beautiful down here, quite different to the Loire region, it is quite rural with the rugged Pyrenees in the background and bordering Spain. Diana's forefathers came from the south of France so we drove 6 hrs to Buzy near Pau to stay and get the feel of her great grandfather's place. We had a quick look around the very close knitted communities then checked into our b&b. We stayed in a b&b La Maïnade which had rooms and also provided dinner. Sitting at ...
The home of chevre had it's annual festival this weekend with many stalls and displays of goats cheeses. The day was fine and the town was jumping with happy people buying sausage, cheese, trinkets and wines. While tasting wines we met a young American couple who are working and learning about chevre manufacture with a plan to start ...
... all have of the French cafe culture?
We ended up coming home to our own pretty horrible instant coffee which did NOT do those lovely croissants justice!
End of digression.
Next obstacle--communicating with the neighbours.
We decided that one of our priorities should be making the garden safe. It's a pretty big piece of land and must be a real problem keeping under control.
The couple who were house-sitiing here before us in ...
It's 9 pm and Rick is still outside, hacking away at the blackberry, and soon the sky will darken to pitch black and the stars will come out. What a sight.
And then, at 7 AM on the dot, the wretched bells from the church next door will frighten us out of ours wits and our sleep and it'll be time to glove- and wellie-up to do battle once again with the thorns and vines of Cristallin.