So here are some pics from my time in France:
I took the ferry from Portsmouth to Caen and was lucky enough to be given a very front seat for the 6 hour sailing.
|Setting out from Portsmouth at 2.30 pm|
|Arriving in France at 9.30 pm - already on French time|
Day 1 - After time to play with dogs and sit in the sunshine under the canopy that Krzyzstof put up for our pleasure, we had a jaunt to Sees for a wander and then home to relax.
|Asher and Phoenix in the back garden|
|The back of Sara and Krzyzstof's house with canopy|
|The town hall in Sees|
Day 2: A stay at home day. Reading in the sunshine and doing a few chores - Sara and K mainly... tho I did help a bit!
|The view from my bedroom window|
|Eli and Asher with Sara. Phoenix can just be seen in the background behind K|
Day 3: A supermarket shopping trip and then off to look at the 16th C Manoir de Soisay. It was a strange place. Very beautiful on the outside, and the brickwork on the inside was to die for, but the people that own it are artists and, in their wisdom, have decided to display their works. Sadly penises (penii?) and boobs as modern sculptures don't do it for me, so you don't get any photos of those!
In the evening we had the most amazing storm where we went from no wind/clear skies to high winds/incredible storm clouds/thunder and lightning within seconds. It abated just as quickly.
|One of the stags in the grounds of Le Manoir de Soisay|
|View of Le Manoir from the driveway|
|View looking out from Le Manoir. The sculpture in the foreground is one of the few not of a penis or a boob!|
|Asher watching the storm clouds arriving|
|The church at Mortree|
Day 5: This was a day of gardening. We cleared hedges and cut back all kinds of weeds that were growing up the house.
Day 6: Time to go. I took a pic of the chickens for Denise, a pic of Jingle the donkey and Piccolo the pony's arse and my almost annual pic of Sara and K with the dogs, but Eli refused point blank to have his photo taken as he wanted to get in the car and was scared if he did come into the sitting room he'd be shut in and not allowed on the journey! Eli did get in the car and was most disappointed when Sara wouldn't let him come onto the station platform to wave goodbye.
|Chickens - the black one is a Caumont and has a rather strange shaped head|
|Piccolo's arse (he wasn't going to turn around for love nor money) and Jingle|
|Sara, Phoenix, Krzyzstof and Asher|
|Sara and Eli at the station|
Some incredibly lovely memories.