16 May

Dear Humphrey

I am in the fine city of Niort (well worth a visit) although most of the population seem to be training for a marathon.. runners everywhere.. little wonder as it has some lovely parks running along the Sevre Niortaise river. Also it has one huge Castle built by our Henry 11 and Richard the Lionheart. We were’nt Brexiteers in those days! Any way just had an average pasta dinner and sitting here with some ice pack around the ankle. It is ok walking but not so good when I stop. Anyway thought I would give it some respect and ice it and hit it with anti inflammatories. That it is any fit state at all is due entirely to Sarah McDonald who did something magic to it when we were in Ireland. ... 

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11 May

Dear Humphrey,

Here we are in Montreuil-Bellay nearly a third of the way into my journey and so far everything holding up pretty well although I cannot deny being pretty pooped at the end of every day.

The early mornings are best, walking through woodland listening to the dawn chorus, neighing horses and friendly frogs.. the reptiles not the people. France seems to have a lot in every stretch of water and they make a wonderfully friendly noise. Cocoa would love them! And of course there is always the attentive and fiercely protective dog around every corner. Here are two: ... 

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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. ... 

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2 May

Dear Humphrey

First of all I see you too have blog https://humphreybagge.wordpress.com/  Thankyou so much for your first post and I am sorry to hear Coco is trespassing on your territory. I am sure Mum will be back soon to let him out.

Meanwhile back in France I have completed the third day. The journey started with a pretty horrendous time at Mont St Michel in something of a storm.  ... 

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29 April

Dear Humphrey

Having collected you from your kennel this morning and caused such huge excitement, I need now to explain my absence.

We had a wonderful week with friends in Connemara and Mum had a very happy birthday. The weather was great. Lots of sun, a fair amount of rain but it never got in the way. We did some walking, golfing , a little boating and lots of eating. So much so that I managed to put back on what I had lost in my three weeks walk across England. ... 

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15 April

Dear Humphrey

Well you might see me before you get this. Never mind as you might like to read about it all anyway.

At about 5.30 yesterday afternoon Michael Gurney and I arrived on the beach by Weymouth. What a welcome sight that was but I need to keep reminding myself that I have a long way to go. So far I have walked for 18 days, been through 11 counties and covered 287 miles. That’s nearly 11 marathons! ... 

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12 April

Dear Humphrey

Just finished a long day from Mere to Sanford Orcas just north of Sherbourne. The weather has been good but the going underfoot very challenging. They produce a lot of milk and cheese round here and the reason is obvious as there is a lot of grass and water.  Having squelched ones way across a waterlogged field one is then presented with the challenge of opening a gate through which a herd of cows have already spent some time creating an unholy quagmire or climbing a dodgy stile! ... 

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