Ah, Friday. Back to normal. You'd never have known I'd been away except for the fact that I've got a slight tan.
Arrived home as planned on
Wednesday evening, following a quick visit to the Co-op to get some overnight
supplies. Got Alice to bed - very reluctantly - for about 9pm. She was due in
school on Thursday. It was nice to sleep in my own bed once again, although not
quite as nice as sleeping in the bed in the middle of France!
Thursday, Jacqueline took Alice
into school while I went to pick up the twosome. Barney was very displeased at
us - howled most volubly on the way home - but soon appeared to forgive us once
we'd given him a fuss. Jacqueline and I then headed off into Salisbury for some
breakfast, then to do a grocery shop. Back home for lunch, the washing machine
doing overtime in the background. Weather very sunny, but cooler than
Quite relaxing not to have to
work on the first day back off holiday, although I did need to sort through my
post - we've had phone, gas and electric bills since we went away. Also, I mowed
both lawns. Then I had to pick Alice up from school. But apart from that, very
Back to the client's today.
Forgot my travel ticket, so had to pay for the ticket. Then, to cap it all, the
clients weren't expecting me until Monday. I almost turned around and came home
I must, however, keep fueling
the resolve to find some new clients.
Could not resist yesterday
looking on some of the ferry web sites to see about a day trip to St Malo soon,
but either I couldn't find the right carrier, or they no longer do day trips.
Jacqueline went on a day trip to St Malo just after we met, but when I looked
yesterday all the crossings took at least five or six hours, making a day trip
The last day in Dinard has made
an impression on us, I think. It would be lovely to return there or
Over the weekend, must sort the
photos out and get them published on the web site (I've already published the
diary entries). Also, we hope to visit Exbury Gardens and to meet up with Simon
at some point. I'm keen for Alice to either go swimming or for us to take the
bikes out, just to keep up the exercise trend going.
So, in retrospect, I have to
say that this has been the best family holiday yet. To assume that we will do
the same sort of thing next year seems a no-brainer, although there may be scope
for going to a different Center Parcs (perhaps in Belgium). We'll have to see.
To be honest I'd be happy to go back to the same place, or perhaps the other
French park in Normandy.
France remains as magical as
ever, although certainly the "holiday" element contributes to this. Compared to
England there is so much space. We're very fortunate to live close to the New
Forest, surely one of the most beautiful parts of the country, but there simply
isn't the space that exists in France. Also, my French has been very good this
holiday, I have spoken it well and more importantly have been able to understand
things said to me moreso than ever before. Fortunately this same impression has
long since rubbed off on Jacqueline, and seems to be rubbing off on