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Interlude – a piece of cake!

July 6, 2012

After an uneventful drive to Cherbourg, a pleasant dinner and a comfortable night we boarded the ferry to Poole. No problems and a drive through the awful British traffic saw us at friend Nigels ready for the birthday celebrations the next day. Great Chinese dinner (first one for a year!) and a very pleasant evening; nice to be conversing in English again. The weather on the Saturday, of course, was horrible so plans were made for the birthday party to be held in the village hall – with the BBQ just outside. A great day and a truly brilliant job of cake decoration by one of their friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Monday we paid a visit toBletchleyPark, home of the Enigma code breakers and pioneering computer development – however the National Museum of Computing was closed – bummer! The rest of the day was great, we saw many exhibits including the Bombe decoder and Colossus, worlds first electronic computer. This was followed by a great dinner with old friends close by in Woburn Sands. However, the B&B we found was a tad suspect – no chairs in the room at all and canned tomatoes, mushrooms etc for breakfast; definitely not up to par.

 Then we set off for Suffolkto stay with friends in the village we left some 21 years ago; this year it seemed as if we had never left. We spent some time shopping for stuff we haven’t yet been able to find inFranceand enjoyed some excellent pub lunches and home cooked meals. We took a day out to Snape Maltings and a short river cruise – very relaxing and saw quite a bit of wildlife as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For years I have had a collection of pre-decimal coinage which I completed before I left the bank job in 1967! It needed sorting so I contacted a coin dealer inIpswich, made an appointment and duly collected ₤40 for a few of them – the rest will go to a charity shop. That day we also met up with some of our old sailing friends at Pin Mill – another great pub lunch and good company.  June’s birthday was celebrated in the local pub with a Sunday roast and of course afterwards there was cake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next stop was Wales, to meet up with June’s flat mate and Maid of Honour at our wedding. This year was our 40th anniversary so naturally we celebrated with a good lunch and guess what? – more cake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Despite the awful weather this summer we did manage to get out and about quite a bit, a trip to the Brecon Beacons and the mountain railway, some scenic drives around the Gower, all in all a good break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Now we are back in Franceand the weather is still awful, so much so that the garden is chock full of weeds and the grass is about a foot high. Unless it stops raining soon, I’ll never get on top of this. First 4th of July we’ve spent without a BBQ as well 😦

Next week looks eventful – fosse septique guys are due on Monday as is the plumber for the heating system. On Wednesday an insulation company is coming to provide some estimates and then the week after the decorator returns to start on the upstairs rooms.

 Onward & upward

 David & June

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 6, 2012 10:56

    First and foremost HaPpY BiRtHdAy June!! and to you both Congratulations on your 40th – a testament to a great marriage. It sounds like a lovely time with friends in the UK with scenic side trips. We keep threatening to go to Scotland but…..
    We have had days of gorgeous weather but much rain as well. This area last year had a drought so we are fortunate – but enough already! – the rain barrels are full.
    We also went without a bbq on the 4th – first in 30+ years. Just not the same. We are going to a village repas for the 14th. Does you village/commune have events?
    That is an amazing cake at the top of the blog!
    Bon chance with the fosse, etc. It is never ending but you can’t do it all at once. At bit at a time which will be easy as it is almost August and well you know how that is….Hope your weather improves
    A bientot!
    Jo

  2. July 6, 2012 11:07

    Thanks Jo, It just started raining again! The village does have events but they are few and far between, nothing coming up any time soon
    Cheers
    David

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