End of the summer

An uneventful trip to Sillery was accompanied with stunning sunshine so my knees came out to celebrate!

The moorings are excellent and even better is the fact that our new friend Hugh is staying over the winter … he has kindly agreed to keep an eye on Avalon for us. 

Watched a bit of nighttime canoeing – here’s a funny thing, not one canoe bumped into us and yet in Cambridge the rowers constantly hit our boat in broad daylight!

Herbie decided to make friends by visiting a very understanding woman in her house (well she did leave the door open).  I heard a scream and Herbie was kicked out the back door! The poor woman was shaking but accepted my apologies with good grace.  He’s a monkey for sure!

In the local supermarket I spotted a rather fetching example of French chic …

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I’m wondering if green is the new colour this season?!

We took Friday off to go and do some sightseeing and drove around the Champagne vineyards.  Stunning scenery and I spotted some familiar names too.

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Yesterday we packed up as much as we could and loaded the motor home … mostly with my clothes and purchases.  I really do need to reduce my wardrobe needs!

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Today we finished by clearing the fridge/freezer and gave Avalon a quick spruce up before heading off to Calais.  A pretty uneventful journey although the motor home gave us a panic by sounding bleeps off warning of overheating.  Nothing major and we have now arrived in Dover where we are parked up for the night.

On the home run

Thankfully the volume of locks has subsided and today there were only 3 (happy dance).

From La Chaussée-sur-Marne we continued along Canal latéral à la Marne and stopped at Châlons-en-Champagne for 2 nights.  A large town with a huge cathedral.

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It was an exceedingly hot day.  We had a delicious lunch, a very large glass of beer each then I attempted to shop.  Frustratingly most of the shops were too mainstream for my taste but I did buy a coat so all was not in vain.

Walking about I noticed lots of people wearing white coats … My first thought “finally they’re coming to get me” was soon dismissed.  They were all pharmacists demonstrating about something or other.

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I kind of got swept along with it for a while but managed to escape into a perfumerie.

Where we were moored there was a beautiful park which the dogs thoroughly enjoyed … especially when the teenagers from the local school turned to play baseball.

This morning we waited for the heavy mist to break and then took a leisurely cruise along to where we are now, Condé-sur-Marne.  I’ve had a quick walk into the village centre and apart from the bar and the boulangerie there isn’t very much to speak of.

Tomorrow we will reach our destination of Sillery which is where our winter mooring is. Yesterday we drove over there to have a look and it looks perfect.  There are 11 locks, 8 of which are in a flight.  It’s going to be a long day!