Gladlee of Guernsey
Cyprus/UK/Scotland/France - July and
2015 July John and Sheilas' birthday party - 1st July Ann and John from the hash hosted the first birthday party of
the month. As it was also Sheila's birthday it became a combined effort. A
really good night was had by all and after a few too many beverages a few
promises were either made or coerced for providing entertainment acts at the
Polygon Hash away weekend in September. Watch this space for photos of that
after the end of September. Should be fun!! 7th July
John and Sheilas' birthday party - 1st July
Ann and John from the hash hosted the first birthday party of the month. As it was also Sheila's birthday it became a combined effort. A really good night was had by all and after a few too many beverages a few promises were either made or coerced for providing entertainment acts at the Polygon Hash away weekend in September. Watch this space for photos of that after the end of September. Should be fun!!
Frank's birthday party - 11th July
Second birthday party was for Franks 65th. Hosted by Frank and Jenny at their house. Their hash names are JR and Sue Ellen - the house is akin to Southfork. If you don't understand the reference you are too young. Fantastic afternoon with good food, drinks and fun and games in the pool.
The cultivation also seems to be bearing fruit (excuse the pun). Loads of tomatoes coming out and the melons have started to take over the patch. Never knew they would spread so much. And all from seeds. Also the plum tree in the garden has borne so much fruit we have had no idea what to do with it all. So, we have mushed some up and frozen it ready to make jam when we come back with the pectin. Also both the hashes we attend were gifted with a good few kilos each to share out. Seemed to be much appreciated by all.
The views from the cottage continue to amaze. We expected the summer months to be really hazy but as can be seen from the above photos that has not been the case. Bear in mind we are about 20Km from the sea.
22nd July - 6th August
Our summer trip back to the UK (and France this time) kept us quite busy. A few days in Wellingborough and then onto Wakefield to see Ron's family there. After that a trip up to Aberdeen to see Kate, David, Dave and the "step-grandkids": Jack and Georgie.
7th August - 22nd August - France
7th August - Our next little adventure was to Albas in France. We stayed there a couple of weeks with the main purpose being to attend Julie's brother Phil's 60th birthday party. Took Mum (Molly) with us. We flew into Bergerac and stayed the first night at the "La Flambe" Hotel. A really nice quiet country hotel just outside the town. Very nice meal in the evening.
8th August - Drive down to the beautiful medieval village of Albas on the River Lot and check-in to "La Carrière" our Gite. Quick visit to the Smart family in the afternoon and dinner at home as the restaurant was closed.
9th August - Lazy day in wet weather. Meal at "La Vigne Haute" in Castelfranc, a Michelin Guide restaurant in the evening. Well worth it as the food was very good and well priced. Duck seems to be one of the main items on all the menus around this area but have to say it is very good.
10th August - Quiz Night, 5 teams of 5 competed.
11th August - Phil's 60th Birthday Party (and incidentally, Phil and Alisons' 31st wedding anniversary)
12th August - Coffee at the Brasserie in the town square. Looks like a nice little café so no doubt will be eating there at some point.
13th August - Luzech. A fairly good walk around the old village and out into the countryside a little before Molly started to feel the effects of the heat.
14th August - Today is Fête day in the nearby village of Castelfranc. A BBQ at the Smart house first and then a walk to the village where all of us joined the traditional procession around the village prior to what turned out to be an excellent firework display.
15th August - Pech Merle Caves and Saint Cirque Lapopie. Dinner La Brasserie in the square
Very famous caves at Pech Merle. The cave paintings are up to 20,000 years old. No photographs allowed so had to take them from publicity literature.
16th August -A day out to Rocamadour with Molly, more to visit the Roche des Aigles rather than the town. This is an excellent "Raptor" park and the display of eagles, hawks and vultures was exceptional. Dinner in the evening with Kevin and Sarah at their Gite which they have rented just 50 mtrs from ours.
17th August - Visit to Bourg-de-Visa to see Joe and Lyn, two of our Hashing friends from Larnaca. Dinner at La Esplanade back in Albas.
18th August - Puy L'Eveque. Dinner again at the Vigne Haute.
19th August - Gourdon and Cougnac Caves. Dinner La Esplanade.
Another set of caves. A little different from Pech Merle but still very impressive and this time photographs were allowed (in one part of it at least).
20th August - Cahors and group lunch.
21st August - Canoeing with the girls. Dinner La Brasserie.
22nd August - Return to the UK and Wellingborough today after what was really a very successful visit.
23rd - 25th August - Quick visit down to Tonbridge to visit Iris, Benjamin, Pippa and Barbel.
26th August - Return Larnaca and the heat and humidity.
One of Julies new toys bought in the UK was an infrared "spy" camera. Very first night it picked up a fox and a Barn owl.