Nick’s cousins Joy and Trisha and Tony came to spend a couple of nights with us during mid-July. They are en route to a Breton gite which they have booked to share with a wider family group. Joy has 3 sons and Trisha has 3 daughters. These latter and Trisha live in Pretoria but Trisha has been in England for an extended visit. Nick was happy to plan their visit chez nous and our associated activities and he made a very good job of it. We ate Plat du Jour in the Debarcadere on the day of their arrival and a short boat trip during which we tried to catch a few mackerel whilst enjoying a view of our stretch of coast. On the way back from the marina we had a good view of the oyster park at low tide and Trisha mentioned that she loved oysters. Thus we bought some to add to our other seafood and had a very marine feast on our terrace in the evening.
On Tuesday we again ate lunch out, at the Café de France in Barfleur. We had a brief look at this famous port from which William the Conqueror’s fleet set sail, walked around inside the cool, still church and then filled the afternoon with visits to the Gatteville lighthouse and to Neville sur Mer where the bunker art project (Memoires en Couleurs) can be seen. We finished the day at Chateau des Ravalet in Tourlaville on the outskirts of Cherbourg, where you can walk round the gardens and if inclined, look at the macabre exhibition in the four rooms of the chateau which are open to the public. There is also a smaller exhibition, L’Estivale des Ravalet running through the summer where 4 different artists have an interval to show their work. We took liquid refreshment in the small Salon de The then drove home to eat again, on the terrace. After, we played several games of Pool, Trisha displaying a long-standing talent for the game!
On Wednesday our guests took the road to south to find the B&B we had managed to book for them near Granville. Nick and I started to ready the house for the next visitors.