France – October 2021 – Blog 5.

Monday 25th October 2021

Today we have had a gentle rain fall for most of the day, it hasn’t been cold and as it is the first day time rain we have had for 3 weeks, we shouldn’t complain., we still managed to eat our evening meal outside.

Work has continued both on the interior of the house and outdoors, Michelle has redecorated a bedroom and both bathrooms and touched up paint work here and there and I’ve installed 3 wall mounted electric convector heaters, one in the kitchen and one in each bathroom, these are to replace free standing ones we used.

Outside we have cut down two trees and are working on a third which is close to the house and needs cutting down section by section. Peter came with his battery powered extendable hedge trimmer and cut the vertical face of the conifer hedge for me.

Peter in action.

During this trip we have got into the habit of Peter and Alison coming to us on a Wednesday evening for a meal and we go to their bungalow on a Saturday night where Alison has prepared and cooked delightful pizzas, we then watch Strictly.

Saturday we drove to St Emelion, there aren’t many years that we don’t make a pilgrimage to this beautiful historic town, we enjoyed a leisurely ramble around and up and down its cobbled streets treating ourselves at one point to a soft drink.

Alison and Michelle enjoying hot chocolate with loads of cream.

There’s a lot of renovation of the old buildings going on often with a change of use, there are a few shops that never seem to change but lots of different ones open each season.

A courtyard with shops.

Some scenes never change and it becomes almost a ritual to have a photo taken at the same spot.

Queen of all she surveys with the Royal tower in the background.
I found a fish but no chips.
There’s always plenty of wine in St Emelion.🍷
Looking through the arches to the main square.
Should you wish to stay the night here are some prices, per night.

On the way back home we stopped to take a few photos of the vines in their gorgeous autumn colours, the grapes have been harvested.

The vines in their Autumn glory.

On Sunday we headed to Sainte Foy for a vide grenier and from there to Bergerac where we had a short wonder along the river and a part of the old town. Then it was onto Beaupoyet for a four course meal with wine at a cost of 18.50 euros each.

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