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Well, we are here in France. And have unpacked. No mean feat in itself, the house is still standing. The garden is very green, although it has to be said it’s a building site anyway. We have got the fire going now and everywhere is slowly getting warm. After five empty months it takes time to permeate the stone. After running about saying Hi to all our friends and neighbours we start work on Monday. I’m redoing the bathroom of our friend Pascal and his wife Martine, everything is in place.

The ferry trip is always an opportunity to sit and people watch, as they pace like caged animals with no escape. Shops that no longer have duty-free bargains since the EU was formed, and little in the way of adult amusement. Only the bar and onboard restaurant. The crossing was choppy, the weather rainy and windy. So strolling about the deck was out. Although leaving Portsmouth was fine, later as we crossed the Channel itself it got much worse.

Leaving England

Leaving England

Sunset

Sunset

Chased by the clouds

Chased by the clouds

Rain on Deck

Rain on Deck

We always enjoy the time on the boat, six hours of doing nothing, just reading and relaxing. We no longer rush from place to place, we stay in Ouistraham overnight. Drive down to the Auvergne the next day, much more civilised.

Ghost ship

Ghost ship

Ouistraham, harbourside

Ouistraham, harbourside

You can see the Night crossing boat from here. They arrive at about six in the morning, while we were tucked up in bed, a much better option.

Le Phare

Le Phare

The lighthouse, at night it is lit up, sweeping through the room like clockwork, very atmospheric. The drive was uneventful and safe, arriving back is good. The next shot is from our balcony. Even though there is work still to be done, there is a lot that is good, and we can enjoy all we have.

The View from here

The View from here

Soon it will be time for the first barbecue of the season. See you all there.

Enjoy your travels and take your time to enjoy the view on the way.

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