It's strange today - reading so many status updates on FB about the Summer holidays coming to an end and rentrée has started here in France, for us this year we have nothing to do, no paperwork to fill out for the girls, not moving back into a small room on campus as they both rent an appartement together - this makes life truly, very easy now - until they decide to move out and get another place - until then though we are enjoying this stress free part of the month :)
It's funny because all those years of sending papers off, filling in forms, standing in queues for books, and sooo much more - we have accepted that now this is how our lives our! The plus side of rentrée for us the pool only had 10 people in today - the downside it was back to the very short opening hour that is 1h15mins and really we only get one hour to swim when all is said and done!
Aaanyway - back to the start - August - well it's been a very, very hot month considering that July '16 was the hottest month on Earth since recording started in 1880 I can say that August was also the hottest and driest month on record!
The first event for PJP was the Mad Hatter's Kitchen Festival - a three day weekend of music, food and more music! As it was it was quite hard manning my stall, looking after Bilbo and taking photos so a lot of photos were taken by the lovely Megan - it was as good for her to be free with the camera and capture some of the musicians!
Friday night was the night for the Mac abbé and the Zombi orchestra ..... we had long since packed up so it was out with the camera...
|The brilliant Gad Zukes - such a happy family!|
|Bilbo replaces one member of Coco and the Butterfields!|
We also managed another excuse to eat out at l'Auberge du Noyer as it was my Dad's birthday over that weekend - so with the thought of one of their very tasty burgers we all managed to wait a few days to go and enjoy another evening out! Having our Coffee outside meant we got a splendid view of the rising moon!
Three years ago we had such an enjoyable days getting together and taking ceramique hand/foot prints and photos of gawjus babies and toddlers....we, at the time thought it was a lovely thing to be able to do together but as always life and other things take over so this year we discussed it again and thought - let's do this! So we spoke to our lovely friend Marie who has been Making Memories with me from when her now toddler was her bump to when she was three months old - she is now three and her big sister is six! Quite poignant for us all as the "baby" has started school today!
So as this hot month drew to a close we had a few things that needed tying up so it was off to Niort for the joys of the Prefecture - which actually ended up easy - paying was the most painful part not the sitting waiting! That done we enjoyed a nice drink watching the world go by before it was time to drive to Parthenay to meet the eldest....The Donjon in the town always looks so lovely with the blue skies as a backdrop - even more so now it's been cleaned!
Whilst in Parthenay we realised we hadn't been there since at least eleven years - we went several times during the first couple of years we moved here as we enjoyed exploring but I guess as time goes by you discover other towns to fall in love with - and some are a little more local!! BUT it didn't stop us enjoying the scenes again and reminiscing of a lovely meal we had in the town - our first time of eating Cuttlefish - this time was a sandwich at the local HyperU!
Whilst waiting for her I noticed the railway station was looking a tad unloved so I popped in to see what was what, to my delight some nostalgia!
First and foremost the most thrilling sight we have yet seen ...... I heard a sound you see as we were cycling along and slowed to see a bird running into the reed bed - I thought it was a Heron so took the camera with me and came upon a Heron with it's back to me - then it turned around and the best thing ever it wasn't just any old Heron but a PURPLE one - these are becoming a very rare bird due to their habitats being destroyed - thankfully they have plenty of space here!! But not only was it quite happy with me the other side of the narrow watery ditch it was eating lunch!! What a sight to behold and oh my goodness it took so long!! Not really sure what type of fish it was but I guess it was a bit hard going!!
|One final pose before this beautiful bird flew away!|
|Pit stop #2 Magné which happened to have an Epicérie selling Artisinale Italian ice-cream!|
We ended up on a new route after making the "left/right" decision and after a very steep climb decided to go via Route 7 well let me say this now - nope, nope, nope not again...it was not the best route we have found at all! It was hilly- ok in normal circumstances but by now the wind was really, really kicking up so much so the noise was whistling around my cycle helmet and making me feel quite doolally! To add to that once we left the farm roads we ended up on many busy and main roads back to Coulon so I think in future - we may take the right hand turn dir. Niort!! Still we got to see a wonderful, wonderful thing - a Purple Heron eating lunch!!
SO that was it - August ..... I hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I enjoy making them.....somedays there is nothing better than picking up the camera and just having fun, seeing something that you have never seen before and most importantly creating memories!!
Thank you for reading and here's to a Sunny September!