We aim to walk each day, although if the temperatures are high we put off the walk until the evening, by which time we are too tired. Excuses, excuses! However, we did walk in the afternoon and were fortunate that both we, and our line full of dry washing, didn’t get wet. Tim found shelter underneath some bamboo plants which are well out of control. Still, this could be an important source of food if the pandas at nearby Beauval ever run short!
Yesterday there was some respite from the hot weather. Cloud, a cooler wind with intermittent sun. Tim worked at some curriculum writing, with a deadline of August 1st, called the Great British Make Off. Watch this space!
I pottered around the house, then set off to visit friends, Niall and Antoinette, in the neighbouring village of Charnizay. It was good to have a cup of tea with them, and to catch up with their news. The wonderful view from their sunny terrace, which must have been taken by mistake when we were looking at my camera.
In France I feel the need to plan what I do well in advance, so often things lack some of the spontaneity which characterised life in the UK. Not that going to work can ever be called spontaneous, but the variations around it often were. Maybe this is because we are even more remote here, or perhaps I’ve slowed down just a bit too much than is good for a 57 (soon to be 58) year old!
At the weekend we attended a wonderful party, hosted by Simon and Susan, in Preuilly sur Claise. The food, drinks and company were excellent. We had very interesting conversations with guests of different nationalities in a relaxed atmosphere. Elizabeth had made a delicious cake to celebrate the 800th anniversary of S&S’s graineterie.
I’ll bet Colin enjoyed the trimmings. I’m just thinking that had the planned CCC meeting not been postponed, the prototype for this might well have been a bicycle …