It was lovely to return to Slindon Campsite after our Easter break to find an apple orchard in bloom on a very sunny and warm day, the kind of day when you feel you don’t need to go anywhere else.
But things were going to get even better still when I took Beano out for his afternoon walk in the adjacent woods and found them covered in a stunning blue carpet of bluebells. People come from far away to enjoy this view and we are lucky enough to have it on our doorstep. I hope I will never take this for granted.
For those of you who might be interested in our motorhoming journeys, I will add here that, on leaving l’Île Bouchard, we followed our usual route north to all-time favourite aire at Broglie and, again, we paid for a few miles of the A28 motorway to shorten the travelling time from junction 20, north of Beaumont-sur-Sarthe, to junction 15 west of Broglie itself and thus bypassing Alençon to avoid the slow and tiring traffic, although the €22 toll for the privilege seemed a bit steep!
Due to Monday being a bank holiday, we booked Beano for his Pet Passport check in Neufchâtel-en-Bray for Tuesday afternoon, which meant we had to postpone our crossing from the Wednesday to Thursday morning to allow for the 24 hour period requirement after worming tablet. This was not much of problem, as Adonis wasn’t due back at work until the Friday, so we had an extra day to enjoy at Broglie and Neufchâtel-en-Bray, always so charming and peaceful. It was nice to see the watermill at Broglie fully restored and operational with, its new roof slate tile glinting in the sun. The weather continued to be fair and we still enjoyed a couple of hours in the sun at Broglie, although it cooled down by the time we got to Neufchâtel.
We did our big shop as usual in Auchan at Boulogne-sur-Mer and spent the rest of the day in Wissant. We were very pleased to see that the hedges around the perimeter had been trimmed and the place was looking nice and tidy again and the access to the wild nature enclosure had been opened. Unusually, there were a few bays available when we arrived at midday, not only that, but we got our favourite spot at the corner with its own water drain, nice and secluded. We walked to the seafront in the afternoon, but it was far too windy to enjoy and we turned back to the aire, slightly more secluded from the coastal wind.
The crossing went without a hitch, but traffic on the M20 and M25 was slow, taking us over 3 hours to arrive at Slindon, where we had a very warm welcome from Vince before we settled in our sunny pitch again. We are looking forward to the next few weeks here.