7 May

Dear Humphrey

Having just read my last post, which sounded a bit downbeat (true!), I thought I should  let you know that we had a good day yesterday and have just spent a night in a very comfortable chambred’hote. Our hostess is very attentive and gave us a delicious supper while her poor husband outside was chained to a mower cutting the grass. When we asked her whether he could join us, she said certainly not! and it was clear she had no plans for supper for him. After all it was Sunday night. Apparently he has only recently been allowed a ride on mower. Having said all that he has done a great job and it is a beautiful house with a view across a river to and old mill.

Le Plessis

Our lunch break yesterday Arrived just as we passed a rural ‘gite’ run by a charming lady who had been busy attending her lovely garden. She was delighted to allow us to use her garden for our ‘pique nique’ . But as there is no such thing as a free lunch, on our way out she was keen to tell us that her granddaughter was struggling with some translation for her final exam and so for a good half hour Geoff and I struggled to make some sense of a rather strange passage about photography and geometry

Our lunchtime hostess

As I write this early in the morning, the dawn chorus  is active with one particularly voluble cuckoo competing with a pigeon.

If you are interested in buildings and castles here Is a view of Pouancé taken when I was on my knees . When you get through or around the commercial environs the French medieval towns and buildings are wonderfully preserved.


soon time for our breakfast. Hopefully our ‘lawn mowing’ host will be allowed one!

Hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend. I hear it has been very hot. Have you found a pool of water to lie in.

Looks like ‘another bl..day beautiful day’ here to day! Just 15 miles to our next b&b

lots of love

your friend and master


4 thoughts on “7 May

  • May 7, 2018 at 08:18

    Well done James, I’m following your walk and rather amusing blogs.
    Was sorry to hear that Tom had to return home.
    Looking forward to next instalment.
    With kind regards

  • May 7, 2018 at 19:07

    Well done Jum sounds like you’ve finally found time to ‘smell the roses’
    By the right, mate

  • May 7, 2018 at 19:24

    Glad you had a better day.
    Charlie Bucknall got a great send-off up at Bamborough in glorious sunshine on Friday. Two outstanding eulogies from Charlie-Echo and James Bucknall. Had us rocking in the aisles. And as an insert in the race card was ‘Rindercella and the Sugly Isters’ and ‘Ode to a Fart’ – so that set the scene wonderfully! He will have been looking down at us with a cigar in hand and large whiskey chuckling to himself I have no doubt. Huge turnout with standing room-only.
    So many folk I hadn’t seen for years including Graeme Hutchinson!
    You seem to be going through some very pretty countryside and great pics!
    Been sweltering here in Blighty – up in late 20’s in some places. Doesn’t happen often on a BH weekend!

  • May 8, 2018 at 05:06

    Glad all is going well! We are all having a great time in Iran and the shop owners seem very happy to see us! Love Susie and Ruaraidh


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