Sunday, August 30, 2015

Boot Sale Bargains

Off to the craft centre bumper boot sale this morning in the sunshine. Probably the last one of the year. The field normally reserved for a Segway course was packed full of cars and so spent a happy hour or two rummaging in other peoples rubbish and collectables. Half the stalls were of toys that had outgrown their usefulness. Hazel did well with her finds - some tins and one particular nice toffee tin with squirrels on which we have already but this is a better less worn one. Also some useful stationary like drawing pins and paper fasteners. Everything was so cheap she said , she didn't have the heart to say no! Another cheese dish without a lid - just what we need! I didn't get anything although i enjoyed the hunt and rummage. I must be getting more picky as I get older - not even a DVD or scratchy record caught my eye.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Loches - France

Lovely week in France with our old chums Roger and Jilly in Loches in the Loire Valley. A beautiful spot in a quaint old town by the river with a chateau, donjon, cathedral and medieval tower etc. Wonderful street markets twice a week that sell delicious home grown produce and many types of cheeses - goats a speciality of the area. Yum! We did eat well and need to go on a bit of a diet now we are home. I feel I've added a few pounds. The weather was perfect for the first few days then got really hot and humid when we went over to Charmond for the Flower festival which was a bit energy sapping - good fun though. Also got a cold whilst there so not ideal for sight seeing. Mostly we stayed in the garden and ate and drank. Roger and Jilly are excellent hosts and very laid back.They also took us to the local Emmaus charity shop come jumble sale which was wonderful too. We picked up a few bargains - most of which they will bring back for us when they return to England next week. Archie came too which was nice as we don't get to see him much these days now he is in Brighton.