Back from holiday
Poof, poof, I feel like these two months of summer have gone by in a few minutes... We didn't travel much, except for a short trip to our friends in Salinelles, in the Gard region, where we visited a vineyard we love (but consume in moderation): the Pic Saint Loup, north of Montpellier, with a guided tour of the cellars and the vines at sunset.
Otherwise, we stayed in Auvergne, growing raspberries, zucchini flowers, tomatoes... but the blue lagoon was not far away : to fight against the heat waves we have installed a removable above-ground swimming pool inside a barn, and with some nice pictures of far away islands, it felt like we were there.
Also I'm doing some rehabilitation in the blue water, because apart from a little shoulder problem I had while working on the boat in Australia in April-May, I had a small accident when I climbed up a ladder to inspect an attic where I was afraid to find a hornet's nest; there wasn't any, but when I came down, the ladder slipped... fortunately I was not very high, but I sprained my ankle; hence the photo of my feet (facing the Puys chain) with a strange thing, which is not a surrealist tattoo but an adhesive bandage intended to fight against oedema !
After the heat, the rains came back on the thirsty nature; we even took out the umbrella; we are staying here for two more weeks, and then we will do a conference on New Zealand in Le Quesnoy, in the region of Valenciennes, : Le Quesnoy keeps a very strong link with New Zealand since during the First World War, New Zealand soldiers liberated the town from the Germans.
Have a good start to the new school year Antoine
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