I am afraid I have been rather lax about writing my blog since we set off on our travels so now it is time to bring you all up to date.
We left home at 7am to start our long drive through Spain. We watched the sun come up over Valencia.
As we headed towards the Pyranees, we drove through “jamon” country, where they breed the pigs to make the cured hams that are so popular in Spain. This area is very high up, 1,000 metres, and is dry and flat.
As we get closer to The Pyranees, the terrain changes and the earth becomes and vivid rust colour.
As we get towards the foothills of the mountains, it becomes greener and as this is the first time we have done this route in August, we saw the mountains in different hues to those which we have seen before.
Some of the mountains appeared like slate on the top, whereas they have always been snow capped when we have seen them before.
We drove 510 miles in total that day, stopped 4 times for short breaks and arrived in St Paul le Dax at 6pm for our overnight stay.
Our hotel was alongisde the beautiful Lac De Cristoff, so we stretched our legs by walking all round the lake before we turned in for the night.
Today we set off much later , at 9.30am as we didnt have such a long drive. We stayed overnight with our friend, Jane,in Brittany, whose animals we looked after last year and will be looking after again in October.
An even shorter journey today, just two and a half hours , so we left at lunchtime and headed for Ouisterham, near Caen, for an overnight stop before out early morning ferry crossing to Portsmouth.
We arrived in Tewkesbury around 6 pm and were taken out for a meal by the people whos pets we were looking after. The following day we were shown around the house and garden and told what we would have to do for the cat and doves. Nothing too strenuous I might add. The cat, A pedigree silver tabby is gorgeous and really easy to look after. The doves more or less look after themselves.