Well sorry for my absence I have been in the uk with my friend
preparing early for Christmas for the family in anticipation of being rushed of my feet in November and December with the Christmas orders I will have.
I have to recommend shopping at the beginning of October as there are no queues, some sales and you are not too early for purchases of christmas puddings, cake and mince pies.
Funnily enough the weather was drier in the UK than here though I have to say not warmer. We were lucky enough to have smooth crossings on the car ferry in both directions but were hampered by roadworks on both sides of the channel.
For anyone interested Rouen has a bridge closed, there is a diversion as you exit Calais and the Le Mans autoroute has a deviation around Brionne. Of course there are the usual speed controls and some single lanes going on the N10 wherevever the high speed rail works are close to the road. The UK felt like one long roadwork going round the south side of the M25.
Our favourite thing was the clear instruction given to drivers as we came along the road towards the M25 at 3.30am stating "Dartford Tunnel 15 feet 9 inches". Seeing as we were accompanied on the boat by 99 percent Portugese/Polish/Italian/German/in fact anything but UK drivers we wondered whether this was sufficiently helpful for the more metric continental Truck driver. Not to mention the younger metrically (is that a word) educated UK citizen. Ho hum.
Market day in Riberac this morning was wet and very quiet but all us brave stallholders were there eating all the tasters of sausage, cheese and cake. What a hard life.
Tomorrow I will be at Eygurande as usual and on Monday at The New English Bookshop Bazac from 12.30 till 1.30 followed by a delivery run through Montguyon, Cercoux, St.Martin de Coux and St.Aiguilin.
See you soon Helen
I am farming sheep and goats on the Dordogne/Gironde border with my husband and our 3 children. We have an on farm butchery and sell our meat direct to the public via the markets and delivery points in our local area