Une Bonne Balade pour Les Ducs

With a curry lunch in prospect we thought it would be a good idea to go for a walk on Sunday morning.  Picking up on an idea from an English friend here in St Vaast we took the car to Le Perrey, a hamlet with a tiny harbour with a handful fishing boats bobbing beneath the quay.  We walked due north to Cap Levi, taking in the white waves pounding the granite rock platform there, turning east towards Port Pignot where there is an intriguing wooden lifeboat house and a small oysterage.  There are some dumps of assorted lithologies and it turns out that the port was established by Charles Pignot in 1889 to transport stone extracted from the quarry. There is archaeological evidence here of very early European human settlement.

Following the road that leads away from Port Pignot and inland we pass through Val Bourgin, picking up a baguette from the boulangerie.   There is a striking maison de maître set behind heavily locked gates.  I wonder who lives there, and how often.

Along the way there have been vistas of granite rocks and white surf, glistening pale granite sand which refuses to be captured on camera, a dilapidated boat for sale at 10,000 Euros, and bright yellow Mimosa.  It is a very agreeable circular walk of between 4 and 5 km by my estimation.  I think this will do very nicely for our forthcoming invités.



Les Cholseys Rendent Visite

A couple of days after our arrival in St Vaast we are delighted to welcome the arrival of les Cholseys.  They are on half term and we know we will have a great time with them.  Claire is hoping for a leisurely and quiet time which is achieved, by and large, because Sam and his siblings are easily involved in activities revolving around boating, beach excursions and general chilling.  The children, after all, need their down time after a busy first half of Spring Term.  Joel and I have a bit of fun in the kitchen.  Together we make a Turkish dish, Lamb Biryani, which is quite labour intensive, and delicious.  He learns to fillet fish which he and Sam catch with Nick one day, and I watch him make sushi with Carl.


On Friday night, Claire’s birthday, we have a seafood extravaganza with seafood both bought and foraged from the shore.  During the week Claire and Ty bring their two grandchildren over for a bit of Jenga and high tea.  This is a great success as the children enjoy a few turns of sardines,  a game that transcends all language barriers, as does Jenga.  Amelie and Emma are of similar age and hit it off instantly.  There are hopes that they can all get together again in the summer when they return to St Vaast.