Back from Wales too…

A lovely week in Wales near Aberdyfi.  Some sun, a little wind, some rain (but not a lot and really not much at all in the day).  We boated on Lake Bala in our Canoe, we rode a little steam train from Aberystwyth, played on the beach, TWICE.  We ate Honey ice cream and met the Honey Ice Cream Bear!  We visited the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) and King Arthur’s Labyrinth.  We swam indoor and some of us outdoor.  All in all a super week!  There are some photos on Flickr!nick_rvsm

France 2009

We are all safely back from France.  You didn’t know we’d been?  Oh well, do try and keep up!

I am traditionally a Francophobe I guess.  I don’t speak much French having given it up in 1984 after only 3-4 years.  We visited Northern France quite a few years ago and it was ok, I guess, but nothing very mind blowing.  Then about a six months ago my father-in-law (Grandpa Huge) decided to treat the whole of his family to a holiday as a way of marking his 70th Birthday!

He chose France at a place called Camping Les Gorges du Chambon.  We had a BALL – it was superb!

We flew into Limoges airport and drove a hire car to spend a week in a caravan-come-rustic wooden chalet with the 4 other families and Grandpa Huge & Grandma Doris.

Six ‘vans’, 12 adults, 12 children (all Hugh’s Grand Children) and glorious weather.

I even drove (being too tight to pay to put S onto the insurance!).


  • played in the on-site play park
  • canoed
  • played on the artificial beach at the river
  • swam in the pool
  • rode horses (well some little people did)
  • went to visit markets
  • ate & drank
  • prepared a surprise treasure hunt ending at a surprise picnic
  • watched a most spectacular evening thunder storm

We all really loved the week.

We stayed on for a second week with Ellie & Paul & family.  That was also a lovely week but in a location about one hour north of Limoges.

Some of the photos are appearing on Flickr and will be on the following pages too soon…

Maybe now I am something of a Francophile!nick_rvsm

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