Leaving fairytale Sully-sur-Loire behind us on Sunday morning, we continued north for the aire at Raucourt, north of Montargis, but it was just a car park and to say we didn’t like it would be an understatement, so we carried onwards and northwards to Souppes, which had a lovely aire on the marina, but unfortunately, there was a very unpleasant and nauseating stink in the air coming from a nearby factory and I found it impossible to stay. Slightly further north, we found ourselves at another marina at Nemours, on the Canal du Loing, and that’s where we spent Sunday afternoon and night. Despite being very cold and windy, I thoroughly enjoyed my walk with Beano along the river and the town itself looked very pretty too. Sadly, I had left my phone behind and couldn’t take any photos, but just before nightfall, we had the most amazing and beautiful murmuration of starlings right outside our window and I managed to take a couple of snaps of this most fabulous of dances in the sky, even if they turned out a bit blurry.
After Nemours, we tried to stop in the Fontainebleau Forest, but sadly there is nothing available for motorhomes, so, after doing a shop at Leclerc outside Étampes, we stopped at gorgeous medieval and quaint Nogent-le-Roi (north of Chartres and near Dreux), another brilliant free aire with water and electricity. It was still very cold and windy and we didn’t venture out except to walk Beano; a pity, for I would have loved to have gone into the beautiful town to admire the medieval houses and stroll gently and leisurely along the streets, but perhaps we can return in better weather to enjoy its ancient delights and hopefully take some photos. This is definitely a place to remember for future reference.
Neufchâtel-en-Bray seemed the next best option for us in this cold weather, as it feels like a campsite with large pitches, a shower block and washing machines. I was due to do another laundry wash and it seemed like a good idea to do it there and then rather than wait until we got back home in the UK. We did a bit of shopping at Leclerc and tried to find some colourful wine glasses to replace the ones broken along the way, but they don’t seem to do them any more. We also tried Centrakor and La Four’Fouille, but to no avail. The search continues…. However, the dog walk along la Voie Verte is still delightful and this is a very pleasant town and aire to spend the last few days of our autumn holidays.
That could only be followed by Wissant, so convenient for our crossing in the Eurotunnel from Calais and, as it happens, it was a lovely warm and sunny day and there were lots of people walking on the promenade or simply relaxing on the beach and it is always heartwarming to see England in the horizon.
Once back in West Sussex, England, we set up the motorhome at the farm ready to spend the rest of the autumn and the arrival of winter and, as the weather was quite pleasant, we even ventured out with the awning and wind-blockers hoping the fair weather would last.
We have continued with our Sunday morning walks and loved the stunning autumn colours at Fairmile Bottom near Arundel, where we used to come frequently years ago.
And we have also enjoyed some fabulous walks by the sea!
Making the most of my oven, I have continued with my love for baking and made a lovely traditional Victoria sponge with strawberry jam filling: yummy!
In a different order of things, a dear friend and colleague has recently become a grandmother and it gave me great pleasure to crochet a baby blanket for the new beautiful and precious arrival.