V.I.P Pêche Campsite, Plan d’Eau d’Ayron. Saturday, 29th October 2011


V.I.P. Peche campsite

We are in a small campsite just northwest of Poitiers on the E62/N149 or Route de Poitiers.  We are the only campers here, apart from a young couple who arrived in a panel van last night, but left this morning, so again Bramble is free to run around as he pleases, although the road that leads down to the fishing lake can get busy and I worry he might wander across.

We arrived yesterday just before 1 o’clock and checked in at the bar by lake for 2 days (only 24E) and got a fishing card for Adonis for only 15E for the day and a half he’ll need it for.  We’re camping right under the oak trees and, being autumn, we get some acorns falling on top of van and that’s what actually woke us up this morning.

It’s beautiful being parked in the woods, with all the leaves changing colour this time of year and we are surrounded by a canopy of green, yellow, orange and brown.  Some of the acers along the way were of an intense read, which was quite amazing, but not in this particular wood.  I just love the serenity and peace of the place.


VIP Peche lake

Adonis’s been down by the lake most of the time and I’ve been reading, crocheting and revising my French and German as the weather turned cloudy yesterday and rainy this morning.

VIP Peche fishing competition

There is a fishing competition today and the competitors started arriving soon after 8 am.  It was very peculiar to see all the fishermen lined up all along the edge of the lake, spread out every 10 metres or so. I walked down there with Bramble after my very welcome hot shower to enjoy the warmth and I fancied getting to know the place a little bit.  It took us a while to find Adonis, as he had to make room for competitors and was forced to find a spot further down the lake.  Then we carried on walking around lake and found the village and château, but that’s when the rain started and had to dash back, unfortunately.  Perhaps if it’s dry this afternoon, I’ll have another go and explore it properly.

It might be interesting to go to the bar when all the competitors have a break.  They’ve put up an awning and some tables and chairs outside so, being a Saturday, perhaps they expect a few visitors. It’s all very serious, with some fishermen bringing big tents (maybe they listened to the weather forecast) and loads of fishing equipment that puts poor Adonis to shame.  Still, he’s got what he needs, including a little bivvy to keep him dry and the bar is also a fishing tackle shop where he can get anything else he needs.  The carp are jumping out of the water, so I hope he’ll catch something today, especially after the disappointment of Lac des Varennes.  It certainly looks more promising!

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