Sunday, 9 August 2009

familiar France

...and relax!

Kate and I are back in the lovely Lot region, chez Cathy, for our sixth visit in 18 months. We're becoming such regulars that on a trip into the local produce market in Montcuq we were the ones stopping to say 'Bonjour' to various locals and to introduce Kate's sister and four photogenic niblings (neices and nephew). The catering, as ever, is second to none with massive al fresco lunches held in the shade under the huge oak outside Cathy and Jean's converted gite. Kate and I are kipping in Sheena, our van, as all available rooms (including an old oven) are taken, but we're very comfortable there especially as Kate had the brainwave of buying a mosquito net to keep the flies off.

Last night there was a huge thunder storm, which on the roof of the van sounded like a bunch of teenage drummers attempting to break a world volume record, but otherwise the weather has been lovely; one absolutely sweltering day, but otherwise not too hot to go walking in the woods, but still warm enough to make swimming in the local lake very pleasant. It's exactly the kind of relaxing, laid-back, fresh air holiday that we've been craving.

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