Just back from a trip to France to work on a Clients’ garden in the Dordogne. I was concerned that the terrible events in Paris may well affect travelling but all proceeded without any delays. Having taken the ferry to Caen so that I could take my own surveying equipment I drove down to Tours for a half way stopover. The sun shone and it was delightfully warm. The willows beside the river Loire still had a lot of leaves on.
The cathedral is in the process of being cleaned and looked stunning in the sunlight. The stained glass windows are worth a look since they are both historic and contemporary.
Stayed the night at Les Hautes Roches which has rooms cut into the cliff wall. It was very pleasant and I would certainly go back for a longer stay.
Stayed at a small hotel in Aubeterre sur Dronne which was close to the site making it easy to head over and measure the site then take levels and soil samples.
After three days of kind weather and the site survey completed I visited local paving suppliers and also a very helpful nursery, ETS Horticole in Aubeterre sur Dronne. Excellent olive trees at a very good price.
Left in torrential rain to head back to Le Mans and stopped at a very good auberge L’Auberge des Roches in Luche-Pringe which we use for the Le Mans Classic. Then a very wet drive back up to Caen and onto the ferry and home.
Times like this I realise that I really love my work……