Saturday, 27 June 2020

Celestine Goes to the Seaside


During the week we ventured out on a mini-break. We stayed with friends Susan and Roddy Hays, in their gîte (holiday accommodation), which they very generously offered to us for free. They live on the edge of the marshes around Rochefort on the Atlantic coast. The area is full of historic interest, and is a birdwatcher's paradise. We are not really birdwatchers, but we saw storks, stilts, sandpipers, purple herons, black kites, marsh harriers and black woodpeckers all without really trying.

Crossing the bridge from the mainland to the Ile d'Oleron.
Crossing the bridge from the mainland to the Ile d'Oleron, Charente-Maritime, France. Photo by Susan Walter.

 Célestine parked with the characteristic Charente-Maritime fishing huts along the foreshore.
Citroen Traction Avant, Charente-Maritime, France. Photo by Susan Walter.

 Two Susan's enjoying champagne and nibbles in front of the holiday cottage.
Enjoying an aperitif at a holiday cottage, Charente-Maritime, France. Photo by Susan Walter.

 Stork watching on the Moëze-Oléron Nature Reserve.
A stork nest, Charente-Maritime, France. Photo by Susan Walter.

Home again.
Preuilly sur Claise, Indre et Loire, France. Photo by Susan Walter.

Susan and Roddy also run a property finding and hand holding service, as well as an online French antiques shop. Some of you may already 'know' them because you read Susan's blog Our French Oasis.

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