Firstly I want to thank each and everyone of you who wished us well on our journey, and also for the condolences - we were very touched by the large number of messages we received and both appreciated your kind thoughts.
We have now been back in France for a few days, but due firstly to the fact that the garden looked like a jungle on our return and required some urgent work and secondly, the need to resolve some chronic computer problems, this post is a little delayed. I will try to catch up with everyone's posts as soon as I have a little more time.
We had a foul drive across the UK to Dover. It poured with rain most of the way, and the amount of spray from the trucks was, to use Jean's word, "beastly"! The shot below was taken on the M25 London ring road, south of the city - in mid morning!
For once, we were spared the major traffic hold-ups for which this road is notorious and we exited, still in heavy rain and spray, onto the M20, southbound towards Dover. Thankfully we were driving that way; a Mini had somehow managed to get itself squashed in a collision with a lorry, and the M20 Northbound to London was barely moving. Had we encountered that going south, we would surely have missed the ferry.
It was a delight, finally to see the white cliffs of Dover from the departing ferry, and a break in the weather.
Heading back to French soil with a happy sigh. The roll-on roll off ferry port at Calais is pictured below, after a smooth 90 minute crossing of the Channel.
I might add that the weather here at home is also not particularly good and although the garden seems to be enjoying the weather, we are not!
I am hoping to catch up with Leon and Sue in the next couple of days. They are travelling around France at the present time and if you have not seen their blog, I recommend that you take a look, if you enjoy touring France. They are visiting many places we have yet to see.
For 'My Life before Charente' see HERE updated 23 May 2012