After all the frantic activity of the previous days what I needed was some mindless relaxation – something that passes the time, occupies the body and requires not too much brain activity.
So on the Thursday of our holiday, which happened to be a bank holiday for Ascension Day, Nick went fishing (again) in the morning whilst I did some baking.
I made some cranberry blondies – a kind of brownie but with white chocolate and dried cranberries. Even though I say it myself, they were just what the doctor ordered – sweet and indulgent. You can read more about them here.
In the afternoon we went to the brocante at Ferrière-Larçon.
It was a beautiful day, very warm with bright sunshine and a gentle breeze. The brocante was a huge one, with all the usual stuff – old garden tools, broken toys, worn out shoes and ancient kitchen gadgets. Also lots of stalls selling food that you could either eat now or take home for your larder
These ladies had swooped early and grabbed a bargain!
The only thing I bought was a very old Bon Maman jar – just like today’s version but with no lid – very useful for 40cents.
I bumped into Tim and Pauline, who had found a lovely old umbrella stand to buy. It’s funny how other people always find really good stuff at a brocante or vide-grenier whilst all I ever find is a sea of rubbish. I have come to the conclusion that you need a particular kind of x-ray vision to see through the junk to the real bargains.
They invited us round for a cuppa so we called in later and enjoyed some home-made cherry muffins with our cup of tea.
Their cats were not quite so pleased to see us as they had to shuffle up on the sofa to make room for us!
All in all, the whole day was just the job, a leisurely antidote to two days of hurtling from one public office to another, grappling with the French language and trying to beat the clock.
On Thursday evening we sat for a while on our little terrace, watching the swallows swirl around us and listening to the church bells and the chatter of village life. As the sun went down and the bats came out to play, the laughter drifting up from the village square dwindled, the slight breeze that had been with us all day died down and we were left with complete calm and quiet. A perfect end to a perfectly relaxing day.
There’s still time to treat yourself to a bargain break.
Alex and Nicole have asked me to mention that they still have some availability in their lovely gites at Les Limornières for July. They are offering a reduced rate for anyone who would like a last-minute booking. So if you were thinking about spending some time in this beautiful area of France but weren’t sure – now’s your chance to treat yourself to a short break at bargain rates.