The weather has been amazing...the sun has shone for us on most days and we have even had some lovely mornings where the mist has stayed in the valley long enough to take your breath away with the view...
We have mastered the art of driving on the wrong side of the road, changing gears with the gearstick on the wrong side (discovered the door handle really doesn't work) and have managed to turn on the indicators when turning rather than the windscreen wipers!!
We had a day trip to Hossegor, Capbreton and Bayonne...found beautiful towns with some lovely shopping and even better gelato! These are all towns that you could spend hours wandering through and then come back and do it all again another day.
We headed even further south...almost to the spanish border and discovered the beautiful seaside town of Saint Jean du Luz...ahhhh...a little piece of heaven! Amazing shopping and a lovely big piazza surrounded by wonderful restaurants that you can have a lazy lunch in while everyone in the town stops for the 2 hour siesta time...all the shops shut from 12.30 till 2.30/3pm for a long lunch break...very sensible indeed. We wandered up and down narrow streets and walked along the beaches soaking up the atmosphere.
We spent a whole day in Biarritz...amazing coastline with beautiful beaches, restaurants and cafes lining the boardwalk. Once again fantastic shops to wander in and out of and of course the obligatory long lunch by the seaside before hitting the shops again.
The house is almost full with a few more arrivals to come today and tomorrow ready for Hugh's big first birthday celebrations on Sunday.
Everyone is taking turns at providing our evening meals and Nini and I are up for the challenge...tonight we shall attempt to make quiche and for tomorrow night Boeuf Bourguignon with a Plum Tarte Tatin for dessert...we were inspired to produce a french flavoured meal...prepared in the beautiful big country kitchen in our villa!
We have had a day or two lazing by the pool soaking up this glorious sunshine that has been shining and of course most late afternoons and evenings we have managed to force ourselves to indulge in some delicious french cheese, fresh baguettes and a glass or two of Bordeaux red or French Champagne...so as you can imagine , we are really struggling to enjoy any of it without you all here with us...
We have also had many, many laughs with our two most important guest...Master Hugh and Master William...