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Saturday was St George's Day 
27th-Apr-2011 04:10 pm
cruising log

 and Alain, the President of the Cruising Club of Haut Picardie, threw a surprise 'dessert party'.

I thought I would offer to serve Pimms in honour of England's National Day but withdrew rapidly when I saw the number of bottle of Charles de Fere 'blanc de blanks' the President had supplied.

The 'desserts' were fruit tartes - lots of fruit tartes - huge party-sized apple, cherry, strawberry, raspberry and mirabel tartes as well as individual ones. There was enough for two helpings each and third helpings for the hollow-legged guests.

Four of the boat crews were British, the rest were French. It was a delighful evening, out in the shade of the cherry trees, the tartes and champagne set out on benches and the picnic blanket (which Elodie claimed just as Ron began his mad play-bowing and lunatic dashing hihther and thither). Ron and his lady-friend, Elodie, were very well behaved and were given tidbits as reward for their constraint. The champagne was still flowing when I left at 9.45pm to give Ron his dinner.

The President again toasted the beginning of the season with well and good camaraderie to all.


 The following day was Easter Sunday and, thanks to my new slow cooker, I was able to cooker Easter Lamb, the gravy from which was used as the base for beef in beer on Monday.

Our neighbours, Bob and Anna, were returning to UK early on Tuesday so they were our dinner guests. Anna provided a trifle for dessert and Bob had chilled a rather nice bottle of Cremant de Loire.

The day was quite warm but there was a strong wind blowing so, instead of setting up under the trees, I served dinner in the front cabin.

We're still in port but almost ready to set off. We'll wait until the wind dies down and then give the engine a couple of hours test-run before committing to a few weeks' cruise.
27th-Apr-2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you're having a very pleasant Spring.
26th-May-2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
We had a lovely 9 weeks of glorious weather but not much criusing.
27th-Apr-2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
how lovely!
26th-May-2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
It was, thankl you.
27th-Apr-2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a lovely way to celebrate Easter - I'm so glad to hear you are having an enjoyable and restful time.
26th-May-2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
We had a lovely Easter but not much of a restful time. Nine weeks working on the boat, only five days cruise. But we had nine weeks of lovely weather, lots of fresh air and exercise, and good company. The Port is very secure and we can let Ron roam safely in the 'grounds'. He had a great time playing with the Capitaine's son, Paul who is learniong English and training Ron at the same time. We're home for parts for the boat that cannot be got for the boat in France. We still have a few leaks (heating system and fuel system) to fix as well as trying to make the engine compartment weather tight so must go back when we've bought the supplies.
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