The 3.20 am train
There was no way we would catch that train as Nick didn't usually finish work until 5 pm and the journey to Folkestone was likely to be extremely busy. So I managed to rearrange the trip to the best available which was 5.40 am on Saturday, meaning we would have to leave home about 1 am. (For the alteration Eurotunnel charged us the exhorbitant extra fee of £80, too.) We got all packed and went to bed at 9 pm with the aim of getting a few hours' sleep. We were both still wide awake at 10 pm so we decided to get up and set off. We arrived in time to get the 3.20 am train and after a short snooze somewhere in Northern France, got to Le Grand Pressigny at lunchtime, having called at Intermarché in Descartes for some shopping.
Lulu finding her way around her new home.
It was so lovely to be back. The sun was shining, the temperature was very "agréable", the birds were singing, our neighbour was pleased to see us and we were just so glad to be "home".
Not only that, Nicole had been in and left some lovely flowers to welcome us home. How thoughtful is that ?
Our pizzas attracted attention from someone who had actually already had their dinner.
On Sunday we had a visit from our friends Jacob Jan and Annie from Holland. They had come with their friends Leo and Dinnie, with their two gorgeous motorcycles. They were staying in one of Alex and Nicole's beautiful gites.
A fine pair of motorcycles "chez nous"
From the left: Annie, Dinnie, Leo, JJ and Nick
I first met JJ and Annie nearly 25 years ago on an Italian campsite and we have got together many times since then. They really enjoyed touring in the Loire valley and agreed with us that it is a wonderful area to see "à moto". They did a huge number of kilometres and declared they would be back soon as there was so much to see and do in an area of France they had never really explored before.
Our hosts for the party
On Sunday evening Alex and Nic held a BBQ party for all of us, also inviting the rather bemused Australian couple who were staying in one of their other gites. It was great to get the feeling that summer must have finally arrived - outdoor eating is so much fun.
BBQ party, Chez Ania style, in their fantastic outdoor dining room (barn!)
On Monday our friends Mike and Jackie arrived - they are also our neighbours at home in the UK. They were on Mike's big BMW motorcycle, Jackie currently being unable to ride her lovely blue Suzuki due to having a problem with her wrist. They were on their usual French tour and called to see how we were getting on with the "doing up". Mike actually was a great help and fitted the little door over what we can only describe as the loft hole above the kitchen.
One of those jobs for which you need a tall friend who is not averse to going up a big ladder
The finished job
We had found the little door amongst all the junk left in the cellar when we bought the house. It had obviously been tailor made for the opening but, as with everything else in the house, the job had never been finished by the previous owners.
More about our holiday in the next blog........then must get back to the "raison d'être".......the story.