The motorhome is back in Newark now for its service, been a busy week. Last Sunday Richard ran a half marathon and completed in a very good time, very proud parents! He has trained hard for it so deserved to do well. My sister came over on Tuesday to meet Hattie and we all had a good day. She even stayed for tea and didn’t get back home to Rotherham until 10.30pm and what’s more she didn’t turn into a pumpkin! We’ve also had catch ups with friends which is always lovely. I’ve had the privilege of watching Hattie at her water babies class and going to a playgroup morning with them and Alana’s yummy mummy friends. Great memories to take back to France with us and for me to ponder when I’m missing them all.
We’ve had lots of things to organise this week but I think we are almost ready for the trip back to the boat. One of the many things Nigel has done is to organise a new internet provider, our service has not been good in all the time we have lived here so we are changing to cable and my biggest hope is that we will get skype and facetime running smoothly, we were very disappointed not to be able to keep in touch this way over the winter.
How naive I was thinking the car would be nearly empty this time! However I am not taking any foodstuffs apart from tea bags. My experience in Morocco has taught me that we can survive very well with local produce and without the luxuries and anyway, there are plenty of supermarkets in France. If I can’t find exactly what I want then we will do without! Notice the word “want” there and not “need”. Morocco has taught us that there’s a very big difference.
This week we have two more visits to the boat confirmed, my sister is coming out early May, around my birthday and Bill and Mandy for a long weekend on 18th May. Visits from the UK are now easier as there is a new Ryanair service from Stansted to Dole (20 mins drive from the marina) running twice a week. So as long as we are at base, it is very simple for people to come and stay.
It’s certainly been a return to winter for us, a few bright days followed by snow which is still covering the garden. But surely winter is nearly over?????