Chez Le Pres ….. A Brief Diary ….. Day Seven, Thursday
Chez Le Pres
A Brief Diary
Day Seven, Thursday
The sun gradually crept round the church into the garden.
At the back, the orchard grass was frosty
To call it an orchard now, is somewhat a misnomer as there are few viable trees left. After Alan’s warning about apple tree canker, I also wonder about the merits of re planting with new trees. It is a mammoth task with a thin top layer of soil, hard rock base and the need for help with digging and filling with fresh compost, big enough holes.
We resolved to try to have longer on the next visit. Each time, we just get going and then we have to leave and start all over again; it’s hard.
I wonder if the caterpillar survived?
“Au revoir Pres!”
The trip to the ferry was relaxed and clear, and a furry surprise awaited as we boarded.
Somehow, more of those little critters became tired of hanging about and snook into my shopping purchases.
The trip from the ferry was the best bit! … NOT! … After waiting over forty minutes to disembark [is Thursday night, ‘learner’s night’?] then the usual crawl to the border as a chatty Border Control Officer in a leisurely way, inspected passports, we were soon driven off the M3 by a diversion. Despite trying to follow scant diversion signs, going back up the M3 towards Portsmouth again, then touring around country lanes and villages until our minds were whirling and we were recognising “That’s where we went 15 minutes ago!”, and Dom was rueing the fact that he hadn’t uploaded maps onto his Tablet and I was even thinking “Well maybe we should get a Satnav!” after directions from some locals at an Inn, we eventually did manage to retrieve the M3, very near to Portsmouth, and start over. We arrived home at 01.01 with nowhere to park near the house, and heavy cases and bags to unload silently, so as not to upset the neighbours. A less-than-two-hours trip took four hours.
Then on the following morning I spilt tea all over the bed! Friday the 13th…I’m not superstitious ennit!
That was a day!
Anne ….. 12/13/01.2015