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Planning a trip to Malta!

I’m trying to choose a ‘flight +hotel’ holiday in Malta however when it comes to check the hotel, it takes time and of course there is no guarantee of success! At last, the girls and I  have agreed on the destination and indeed Malta seems to be a beautiful place with lots to do. Any hotel that you could recommend, let me know!

I also have to check the days and times for my flight from Poitiers to London or Limoges to London. Thinking about it, I should do this first!

Earlier on, Steven and I took a charming stroll to the only park in Civray, it’s by the  Charente river and I noticed that the banks are covered by new yellow leaves freshly fallen and lots of beautifully polished conkers! We sat down and watched for any birds. It was lovely to relax and take the time to unwind. Now that I have been teaching at Angouleme for a month, I find the days go too fast. On the other hand, it has helped me a lot to settle in France!

Dear friends, I trust that you are having a blessed Sunday 🙂

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Special time!

At last, our daughters visited us one after the other. Tonight I will speak about Im’s visit and I will tell you about Cam’s visit tomorrow! Even though time’s gone so fast, I find myself thinking of what we said and what we did together and my heart is filled with joy and I give thanks to the Lord for his abundant blessings on our family.

Imo who studies in London flew from Stansted and stayed ten days with us. I picked her up in Poitiers and as we were driving off the car park, we saw Mickle our Scottish friend who lives also in Civray so I offered him a lift. That evening we went to a  restaurant called The Relais civraisien. I ‘d booked before hand asking them if they had a choice of vegan food. It was very quiet, no ambiance. Steven chose the ‘tête de veau’. Imogen had an  asparagus and carrot starter and another vegetable dish for her main. In England, in most menus, there is a choice of Vegetarian dishes indicated with a V and if there are less Vegan options, chef and waitresses know about them.

The following week we went to the Hotel du Commerce restaurant.  When I booked , I asked if they had anything for my daughter who is a vegan, in French ‘végétalien’. Once I explained what it meant, the owner told me that they could cater for her. When we looked at the menu, there was nothing at all for vegetarian or vegan. Everything had meat or fish/seafood so we spoke to the waitress and again we had to explain what it meant. Fortunately, the chef appeared and told us that he could do a risotto with vegetables; he had a dairy cream that he could use. Imo said she’d rather have the risotto made with water. Our food was wonderful and beautifully presented and we had a great time!

We went to the cinema and watched Marseille, a very good comedy!

For my birthday we went to my brother Denis who lives in Niort. The night before Imo helped me prepare a drizzle lemon cake. Denis cooked a leg of lamb for us and roasted vegetables for  Imo. We watched a film at his too but I cannot remember its name!

Have a blessed evening  🙂

A new beginning

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We have now moved to France in Civray and the move in itself was smooth. I found the travelling between Calais and Civray so tiring that about 2pm I told Steven that I wanted to have a nap in one of the services. However I asked the Lord for strength and I forgot about it. It’s only when we relaxed in the caravan in the campsite of Civray that I actually realised that He helped me and I was ever so grateful!

We are still in the process of unpacking and sorting out the boxes that don’t have to be dealt with straight away. I hear some horror stories such as ‘We put these in the loft and forgot about them.’ Well no chance of that happening here because our loft is more like another floor so it’s very easy to access it, you don’t need a ladder!

Emotionally I am drained just because it’s so strange after having spent 30 years in England to be back in France. I miss my daughters and my friends so much already! For the last 7 years, we’ve been to France on holidays and now we’re living here. The other day, as I was walking in the ‘gallerie commerciale’ in Intermarché, I had fleeting reminiscence of shopping in Leclerc with my mum in Clermont-ferrand. The other day as I was mentioning a few things that happened in my youth, Steven told me ‘Stop living in the past!’ He is not quite right because somehow I can’t help it if something triggers memories! Memories are important but of course not as important as looking forward to what our Lord has got planned for us here. Sunday morning, we had an amazing time worshipping in the house church at our friends

This afternoon my dear school friend Brigitte who lives near Limoges rang me and we had a long conversation. Limoges is closer to the Auvergne mountains than Civray and she was telling me that they had lots of rain. Just before she rang me, the sun appeared!

Steven disappeared to his favourite shop of the moment, Bricomarché, I can have a look and take my time. Oh well, fair enough. While he was away I let our bunny out and disaster struck, he ran out by the fence and spotted the only place where there is a gap. I called him but he is a stubborn rabbit at times and walked away from me in the neighbours garden. I ran out in the street and tried to open their gate only to find out it was locked (this is France) so I went back in our garden and a few minutes later, Christopher rabbit came back with a smile on his hairy face!

Have a blessed evening.

 

 

 

From Calais to Civray

Today is the first day of our French hols. We woke up at 3:15 in Dover and crossed the Channel at 4:30 on a P&O ferry (Only 10 minutes late) Perfect conditions, pleasant people on board..Steven noticed that if you wanted WiFi you had to pay £3.OO which is strange considering the crossing costs £ 200. When I drink a latte in Costa I have free WiFi.

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We stopped on the aire de la Baie de Somme but noticed that the café crème didn’t taste as nice as usual. The site is wonderful though and the ducks quacked joyfully!

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As we headed towards Poitiers I couldn’t help gazing at a sky of a different beauty; as if there were finger prints..
So nous parlons français et nous avons fait une promenade en bicyclette du camping jusqu’à Civray.
Bonne nuit bénie mes amis.
PS Meet one of the goats doing freely in the campsite!

In Bolton

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We left Hixon at 1030 and as traffic was not too bad we arrived at Bolton at midday. Before we left my lovely neighbour agreed to feed our 2 rabbits as we will probably be back past their bed time!
Verity has booked diner in a restaurant, the Rivington pub and grill outside Bolton for 6 30 pm. It will be lovely to see again Verity and her fiancé David. Have a beautiful day!

Day off at Lichfield

Here we are again strolling along in the beautiful market-town of Lichfield! The cathedral is looking magnificent as always. Lots of families are out and about and the market stalls are busy as always! Youngsters looking at the geese and ducks landing on the lake.
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We went to have a look at the museum where they had a few old photos; the one that struck me was that of about a dozen of pea-pickers; black and white and very serious since the photographer would have told them no to smile. It reminded me of a photo of my grandmother when she was young!

What are you up to today? Have a blessed Saturday.

Last day of our hols..

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The last day of our hols in Norfolk where we’ve had a relaxing time. Tonight the chef prepared wonderful diner number 5: mussels and king prawns; we bought them at Brancaster on the way back from Wells-on-Sea. After diner I read half of the chapter Being for Blessing 1
I find it extraordinary to discover some of the powerful writings of Julian of Norwich. She talks about the Lord ‘in his love he clothes us, enfolds and embraces us; that tender love completely surrounds us never to leave us. As I saw it he is everything that is good. Reading about the love of our Lord for us his beloved creatures always makes me emotional..and fills me with joy! Have a blessed evening!
1- Being a priest today by C. Cocksworth and R. Brown

World stroke day

In UK a stoke occurs every 3.5 minutes.
Today we thought we’d go to Kings Lynn. Since we were last here over two years ago we found that they made minor renovations to the market place.

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After a bit of shopping we went to the Riverside Art Centre.

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In one the gallery we spoke to the Stroke volunteers who were holding a day of awareness there. I had my blood pressure taken 112/63. I was told it was good.

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We are back in the caravan I’m enjoying a cup of coffee while the boss is concocting a venison casserole using the shanks he bought in the local butcher in Wells yesterday! How is your day going?

It’s been a beautiful day..

We went to Titchwell (surprise!) and Wells on Sea again!

Today I have kept reading on and off ‘Being a priest today’ an amazing book if you want to explore further your calling towards ordination. I should say that this is not just reading but more of a learning curve that is very exciting.
Please keep me in your prayers.
Have a blessed evening.

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