Monday 4th May 2015 We woke to a sunny day without rain and so Dorothy took advantage of this and did the laundry, well we have to do some work! The "work" was about half an hour then we just sat in the sun watching the world go by! Later we were surprised by noise out on the road and a "convoy exceptionnel" vehicle stopping all the traffic. Several motorbike outriders came past ensuring that all the traffic was as far over to the side of the road as possible and then THIS is what came through the tiny village!!

In the night we had a terrific thunderstorm but luckily this didn't go on all night.

Tuesday After breakfast we decided to take a last walk to the river before leaving Brezolles, stocking up at the local Carrefour Contact on the way.

We drove via a really pretty route to another of our favourite places in this area, to stay one day before moving on. This is La Madeleine Bouvet and it is such a peaceful and relaxing place to stay. Since we were last here they have done some more work around the lake. Sadly the Bar is closed, we think awaiting new owners to take over. Here are some pictures taken from various places around the lake. The Aire is actually below the Church as shown in the 4th picture but we prefer to stay on the other side of the lake where it is quieter. It is a dammed up river which has made a beautiful fishing lake stocked with trout and is a very popular fishing spot and with excellent facilities for disabled people.

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Wednesday After breakfast we moved approx. 4 miles down the road to another favourite Aire of ours. Bretoncelles is a pretty little village with an interesting Boulangerie where they heat the bread oven with wood. The bread is placed in the oven on a turntable which makes it easier for the baker to load the oven. Having just parked up the motorhome we are off now to buy some bread!

On our return to the Aire we went via the library where we found we could pick up internet and so after lunch we returned to the library to upload last week's blog.

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Then we strolled around the town and remembered this sculpture....... Returning, Allan almost took a detour to La Booz!

Back at the Aire we met a couple from Suffolk and phoned back home. We find that we have travelled 202 miles from Dieppe to get us to this point.

Thursday Having been to Bretoncelles before, we decided to move on to somewhere new. We travelled to Nogent-Le-Rotrou stopping at E.Leclerc for provisions on the way which took 2.5 hours in the supermarket!! We had a look around Nogent-Le-Rotrou and did a geocache here. Parts of the town were extremely run down with many empty shops. Sadly this is a trend we are seeing in this part of France. Property prices, although significantly increased since we were last here, are still considerably cheaper than in England - e.g. a three bedroom bungalow, garage, gardens etc. £78,000. There being no suitable place to stay here we moved on to Thiron-Gardais arriving early evening. We had to wait to get onto the Aire because the local football lads had taken it over for parking whilst having a training session!! Consequently we had a late dinner.

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Friday Yet another Public Holiday in France! After the busy day yesterday we had a lie in and then went up into the town for the VE Day Remembrance Ceremony. It was nice to be part of this in a small town as we think it was probably more emotional as the townspeople were remembering their own families. As the names on the memorial were read out one by one a young boy responded "Mort pour la France" and many tears were shed. The gentleman in the wheelchair was presented with the medal he is wearing in the photograph below.

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After this moving ceremony we took a peaceful walk around the lake, hillside and Abbey. Although the Abbey is closed for renovations we managed to locate a geocache here.

This is the water tower shown on the hill in the photo above - we did walk up to it!........

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Saturday Finds us in Chateaudun where we are having a few "tourist" days! Last night we found a spot on the Aire and as you can see, we don't have far to walk to the Chateau BUT the downside is that it is up a flight of 200 steps!! We did get a geocache on the way up though!

Photo taken Friday evening on arrival.

We had a busy day after the geocache by taking our first walk around the town to get our bearings (Yes Linda, we did find them!) and then visited the Grottes du Foulon where they gave us a guide who spoke English. We were especially lucky here because these caves have the very rarely exposed KT layer - we will leave you to find out what this is!

Sunday We woke up to yet another glorious day and after a lazy morning we decided to go on a 4 mile geohike, finding all the caches, which took us along the other side of the river Loir, up into the wooded hills and back down across the river to return to the Aire. Along the way you will see that Dorothy was keeping well and truly to her new fitness regime! These photos give you a flavour of the day.

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.......................On our return to the Aire we had a well earned beer and a rest with Allan's new found friend Babou!
..Babou is a 10 year old Golden Retriever and his owner is Dominique. They are our neighbours and they are on holiday from Paris.

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The evening was warm and sunny and peaceful then suddenly we were made aware of a severe water shortage in the Hailsham area! Allan sent a photo to his ex-work colleague Julian, just to wind him up and also to remind him he has work tomorrow! Dorothy also sent the same photo to our friend Linda who sadly is still without water. Apparently the main water pipes burst very early this morning and apart from cutting off everyone's water supply the main A22 road is shut. Pictures on facebook gave us an insight into what was happening back home.

When the sun set we remained sitting outside just enjoying life.

What a week that was!

 

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