A week after Adonis’s birthday. In the end we just walked down to the village and had a lovely meal at the Deux Mondes restaurant, although we all agreed that the vegetables were far too overcooked and that chips would have been better than tagliatelli with the steaks, which were very good as well as the fish.
We had a very relaxing week by the pool, with only a few walks to the Spar supermarket and a trip to the go-karting course for Pepo and Gabriel while Jakkie and Peggy went shopping.
We also had a lovely evening dancing in the house, trying to learn to waltz and tango with very little success, although I must admit that Jakkie and Jeff did us proud with their sense of rythm and co-ordination.
Another evening Adonis cooked some gorgeous Milanesas, which were enjoyed by all but Peggy, who had salmon, and the best thing is that every meal was enjoyed outside on the patio by the pool.
We also enjoyed a delicious meal at a tiny Chinese restaurant in Béziers run by a middled-aged couple very efficiently and with unusual dishes, very different from the standard Chinese we get in England. The most amusing part of the evening (Tuesday 27th July) were the very interesting rice wine cups in which the above drink was served, which had a see-through marble at the bottom that, when filled with the wine, showed pictures of naked women that couldn’t be seen otherwise. When I asked for naked men for the ladies, the manager laughed and said he’d get us a mannequin. After most enjoyable meal, we strolled gently back to car through Béziers promenade, all lit up with bullfighting themed lights (more Spanish than Spain, I thought).
So after a week of enjoying the Saysell family’s company, Jakkie, Jeff and Gabriel left yesterday evening, preceded by lots of tears, first thing in the morning. They drove to Montpellier to catch plane to Charles-de-Gaul and from there to Rio, where they should have arrived this morning.
view from aire at Auterive
After Peggy and Peter got back from Montpellier, we ordered some pizzas and had early night. We got up at 8.30 am this morning and drove mainly on the A61 past Carcassonne and then joined the D622 at Villefranche-de-Lauragain towards Capens. We stopped at 12.30 at beautiful aire at Auterive, where we took short stroll to bridge and pictures of river and church. We set off again at 1.45 pm and joined motorway again at Caens towards Martres Tolosone, but we didn’t like the aire there, which was more of a dirt track carpark opposite the cemetary, so we carried on the D817 towards St Gaudens and Adonis spotted signs to Lac here at Boussens, which is absolutely lovely. We’ve taken Bramble for walk and more pictures and are just now relaxing by the lagoon and it promises to be a very quiet evening, with only tow vans with a family from Belgium all set up a few metres away from us.
It’s my turn to cook tonight Spaghetti Bolognese, so I’d better start soon.