France: 30 May 1975

Awoke to an overcast but fine day, and ate our bacon breakfast outside. Lovely smell of acacias in the air, they are in full bloom, look like white laburnum. After breakfast and warm shower, went in to Sarlat to do some shopping for the day’s food. Main street somewhat jammed, but we found a place in the nut market place. Some delicious looking food in the shops and the narrow streets looked as picturesque as ever, all glowing golden stone. Bought hake cutlets for lunch and veal for dinner plus lots of strawberries, then back to the cam where I embarked on a few days’ accumulation of washing while the children went in the pool. Gareth has found two little friends of his own age thank heaven and they muck around happily, not in the water. Had coffee with Vera while David (Coles) sat drawing. Mended Peter Rabbit and Podgy Panda [Gareth’s teddies] both in dire need of major surgery, and sewed on Andrew’s Obelix badge.

Hake was delicious for lunch, so were the strawberries, and washed down by a bottle of sparkling white wine made a very nice meal. More washing afterwards, then attempted to draw the shop and restaurant, came out quite well really.

Shop and restaurant at Les Granges

Children in the pool again. Had drinks with the Coles family, then children had a scrambled egg tea and Andrew adjourned to watch Ajax v Juventus on the TV with about 16 other soccer fans. We ate the veal and yellow waxpods and courgettes preceded by asparagus – very tasty.

Today a nice restful day, despite not very inspired weather; we needed some rest after the two days travelling! Have discovered incidentally that the place we like in St Aubin au Ferté is the one the Coles visit too! Large numbers of English people on the site again, including quite a lot of retired people spending several weeks on their travels – we must do this when that day comes… one very posh French caravan, with blue tinted windows and padded doors, etc.

Nightingales sing very loudly at night, and in the day the birds are very tame, flying in and out of the tents. Pierre [cat] would enjoy it here.

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