Now a little home of our own for a while.............
28.03.2013 - 28.03.2013 10 °C
I was almost tempted not to post anything today as I wasn't sure what I could say. What did we do with the day? Well, mainly we drove from the Loire Valley to Southern Brittany to our next base point. It's hard to get people excited about a four and a half hour drive and the stops along the away but it was a good day and we're now ensconsed in our own little house for a few days.
It's been a brisk sunny day today which is nice. It's what we'd call "Ballarat" weather - crisp, sunny and still - lovely. The fact that there's no rain and no Mistral blowing is good for us. Apparently the fact that there's no snow is good too!!
We had another cheerful and plentiful breakfast at the Moulin des Charmes prepared by the lovely Marina. As well as cereal, yoghurt, fruit, croissants and bread, she'd baked a gorgeous dish which was a kind of raspberry bread and butter pudding. Apparently it's a Canadian recipe which she'd discovered while they lived there and it was absolutely scrumptious. We were sorely tempted by the idea of eggs as well - freshly laid - but resisted and got on the road about 9.30.
The trip was trouble free. Sally (the aforementioned GPS) got us safely onto the motorway and we managed the tolls without any dramas for one. We retraced some of our steps up from Bordeaux before striking West toward Brittany. Tired of arriving somewhere - anywhere - hungry and cranky (one and the same thing for yours truly) we bought some sandwiches along the way and these proved to be most successful. We'd arranged to be here about 2 o'clock and were about twenty minutes past that which isn't a bad estimate.
Deborah - our landlady - was working in the garden when we arrived and tackling the hedge which looks as though it needs a whole army of gardeners to get into shape. She showed us around the house and helped us to settle in. So, what can I tell you about our latest abode? It's a two bedroom stone cottage about 8 minutes walk from the nearest tiny village. It has it's own garden and a place that we can park the car off the street - can't tell you how good that feels. It's a very upstairs downstairs place with one step down to the bedroom from the ground floor and then two down at the back of the house to the kitchen - can see that being a hoot in the middle of the night. The doorway into the kitchen is quite low and Hugh's brained himself twice already!! There's a lovely sitting room on the ground floor as well - tiled with a welcoming rug and comfortable chairs - perfect for a read! There's also a little nook under the stairs with a desk which is where I am now.
Upstairs is another lounge room with a television and DVD and the bathroom which includes a really welcome washing machine - time to get things sorted out. There's a second bedroom up there as well but we won't be using it - unless we have a fight!!! Little sitting areas outside in the front and back of the house and we have everything that we need. What we don't have at the moment is much heat as the heating was off until mid afternoon due to a lack of fuel and we suspect it will take a while to heat up. Never mind - there's always whisky and wine!!!
Since arriving, we've done a bit of settling in and bought some supplies - whisky and wine for example - and arranged to have dinner in Ty Forn in the village. It's a creperie come bar and is "the local" - love having a local!!! We're investigating other places to eat and are very conscious that it's Easter weekend and things may be closed. Just in case, we'll load up on supplies and cook for ourselves - well at least have soup, eggs, cheese, pate and whisky and wine!!!
For a day with not much to say that's the update. Kind of perverse pleasure in seeing that Carlton lost - sorry Keri!!!Tomorrow we may go into St Malo to have a look around. It's a couple of hours drive but Hugh's keen and he's the driver so it's up to him.