|Our base for the week - Moulin de Garreau|
|The lake we walked around or fished in.|
|The Green Room (ours!)|
We dined alfresco a couple of times, making good use of the brick BBQ in the garden.
A couple of glasses of Pimms went down well while the BBQ was cooking.
A day on the beach at Isle de Re was just the thing on the hottest day of the week.
There seemed to be a take-it-or-leave-it attitude, in general, towards tourists in the area, and sites of interest were tucked away down side streets with no signage until you were right there. We followed a town map of Fontenay le Compte, that was in the house, in order to find a couple of gardens and a castle to look around.
This was the fate of our car after filling it up, following the day on the beach. To cut a long story short, the steering 'went' when we were 45 minutes from the house. The following days involved 3 taxi journeys, 3 different hire cars (one with a crack nearly all the way across the windscreen) and many phone calls. In total, we probably lost about 8 hours to-ing and fro-ing but, luckily, we had taken out extra European cover with the AA. The car couldn't be fixed in France so we still have that cost (and we haven't had the phone bill yet either), but it could have been so much worse.
Incidentally, in attempting to converse with the first taxi driver we told him we were from Wales (Pays de Galles). OH told him, more specifically, 'Raglan' which he repeated like he knew it, which I thought was odd. He must have been trying to think of the right words for the rest of the journey, because, when we got to the house, he turned to us and said, "My - girl (daughter we presume) - work - Raglan - Arms"!!! We managed to communicate to him that our son worked there too and he said, "Small - world!"
Small world, indeed!
I haven't heard anything, yet, from Penny who won my giveaway before I went away. I've joined Google+ but have yet to find a way to get in touch. If I don't have any luck soon there's a chance I'll be re-drawing the winner.
Bye for now