Archive | July 2015

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GROCKLE ALERT! (Dorset Tales 1)

We have been back from our extended seven week camping holiday in France for just over a week now … and we are still in ‘holiday mood’! Both Julia and I are feeling very relaxed, despite the problems awaiting us on our return home with the phones and the internet … and the mountain of […]

DANCING AND SINGING IN THE RAIN (Tour de France 17)

One of my very favourite films is Singin’ in the Rain, the 1952 American musical comedy film starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, a light-hearted depiction of Hollywood in the late 1920s, with the three stars portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to ‘talkies’. My favourite part in the […]

PETE VERSUS THE GENDARME (Tour de France 16)

It is 4.30 a.m. and we are woken by the sound of the French families packing up and leaving our campsite. The stage whispers (louder than if people spoke normally), the slamming of car doors, the starting up of car engines, the crying of disgruntled children (who feel it is far too early to be […]

HONEY, I SHRUNK THE TENT (Tour de France 15)

It is Friday evening, and the Belgian Pied Piper of the Camargue is standing by our camping pitch scratching his head in disbelief. When he came by earlier this morning everything was as he expected it to be. There was our wonderful, large, bright blue, family sized, Fistral 4 tent in all its glory, with […]

TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED (Tour de France 14)

We are on our way back to our campsite along the road from Aigues Mortes. We have travelled this road umpteen times since we arrived here about 10 days ago. Just off this road there are two houses built in the typical old Camargue fashion, south facing with the backs of the houses shaped rather […]

ON BEING A HERO … AND BEING HELPFUL (Tour de France 13)

For some reason all the children on our campsite have started saying ‘Hello’ to me? The boy in the chalet across from our pitch, the children belonging to a Belgian couple just down from our pitch, the group of 14 or so pre-teens camping along the way (part of a youth group from Grenoble) are […]

IF YOU WANT TO GET AHEAD, GET A HAT! (Tour de France 12)

I just love camping … or to be more accurate, I love campsites! And by ‘campsites’ I mean campsites in France in particular. I am not too keen on camping in the UK … it is usually far too cold if you camp in a tent rather than a caravan or campervan with good insulation […]