Thursday morning was a bit foggy, and when it started to lift the sky was overcast, but we went for a nice bike ride anyway. At one point I stopped to take a photo of a horse and her little one and they were somewhat uncooperative – while I was waiting for them to lift their heads Colin got a bit ahead of me.
When I gave up trying to get the horses to pose for me I couldn’t see Colin anymore but by now I know my way around enough that I got back to Mansle ok. I really like the long straight downhill now – my biggest issue is to keep my shoulders down and not clench up so much. I still haven’t gotten over 50 kph again but 46 is still pretty fast (for me).
Stopped at the bar for a nice coffee – Alain was there but was just about to leave. Later in the afternoon I took Mo for another walk, and stopped by the campground pub – every time I go there a different person serves me and the wine is cheaper – this time it was only 1 euro per glass.
Neil went out for dinner while Colin and I went to the bar for our pre-dinner beverage, and this time Alain joined us again for another nice chat. Back at the house later we had spicy meat patties, and I made mashed potatoes and broccoli with cheese sauce – it was pretty good considering I haven’t made a cheese sauce in ages.
Friday morning we headed up to Ruffec to check out the indoor market, but it wasn’t happening. I’d never been in the actual city centre before and quite liked it – they’ve put in a bunch of large flower/plant arrangements around the main square in front of the city hall, and each one has at least one ‘bee house’.
There’s also some really cool paintings on the garbage/recycling bins in the area – Colin knows the lady that did them.
Later in the afternoon we went, of course, for a drink at the bar – Alain arrived shortly after we did and we had yet another really nice visit. He’s very interested in old cars and knows a fair amount about them.
On the way home we passed two of the local cats – they both watched Mo but didn’t seem too bothered by her. I don’t believe they’re strays as they’re always around the same gate/entrance to one of the houses.