We have one evening in Serignac (Friday 2nd Sept) but as the quay with the water and electric is taken up we moor on the opposite bank which is fine – where we join Alex and Sue on Busted Flush, Paul and Sue on Lady Sue (a Piper) and Bill and Winnie on Gretige Henriette. We all enjoy sun downers under the trees in the shade.
On Saturday the 3rd September we move into Agen for the weekend. As I have a 22 mile run on Sunday we incorporate it so we end up back at Serignac so I can drive the car back to Agen.
On Monday the 5th we move on to Valance-d’Agen and are surrounded by huge trailers and caravans so assume a circus or such like is coming to town. On Tuesday we find a remote mooring against the bank looking down onto The Tarn before arriving into Moissac on the Wednesday where we moor on the quay on The Tarn together with Tsarine, Vasy, and Arcadia. We see ‘Tesserae’ is in the port and invite David and Louisa for drinks on Thursday night. ‘Jack Vance’ also arrives down on the Tarn so we invite Nigel and Jean as well. We have a pleasant evening – our deck is a bit cosy for six but we manage fine. The weather is lovely and warm but we notice the nights are now beginning to draw in.
On Friday Charles and I drive to Toulouse where I take the train to Carcassonne followed by a flight to the UK. I am staying with Simon and Joanne for the weekend and running the Vale of York half marathon with Simon and Laura. Its so nice seeing the family and catching up with their news.
The hotel boat Easy Vie is moored next to ‘Bluegum’ with a party of 9 New Zealanders on board and they have a ‘Blues Rock’ combo playing on Friday night so Charles is invited on board to join them along with a few other boaters.
They start the evening with a Maori welcome to the guests and then we enjoy a lively evening of music and singing. The women perform a Maori Poi dance which involves the synchronised swinging of balls on string as they dance rhythmically – The Poi dance was originally used by the Maori women for keeping their hands flexible for weaving and by the men for strength and coordination required during battle.
Poi are also used as a training aid for other ancient weapons like the Mere or Patu (Short club). The wine flows, the food arrives and we all have a singalong to music form the 60’s and 70’s (gives you an idea of the average age!) and they round off a lovely evening with the traditional farewell – ‘Now is the Hour’.
On Saturday Laura and I spend the day window shopping for furniture before spending the evening with the family in York. It would appear that I am the only one looking forward to this half marathon on this sunny Sunday morning 12th September – Laura and Simon do not seem to have the same enthusiasm as me. Eventually we are off and its a great course which I succeed and actually exceed in my desire for a PB of 1 hour, 52 minutes and 36 seconds. I come second in my age range (a bit gutted I didn’t come first) and 714 overall out of 1594 runners so am a happy lady. It is tougher for Laura and Simon but they complete it although Simon is in pain and subsequently has had to pull out of further races as he needs complete rest. Laura is disappointed as she did better on previous races but at least knows what she has to do for future races. After all the calories we have burnt we return to the house for a great BBQ and lots of bubbles.
It really is a flying visit and I return to France on Monday where Charles meets me in Toulouse. Not in the mood for cooking we walk into Moissac and enjoy a lovely meal at la Florin in front of The Abbey.
On Tuesday evening Charlie and Lynn from Arcadia and Charles and Pam together with their friends Mike and Aileen join us for sundowners. (A surfeit of ‘Charles’!) The deck is even more cosy with 8 people!
Its a lovely evening although a storm has been forecast and the clouds are certainly building up with flashes of distant lightning. The weather is kind enough to wait until we have finished and we get everything put away before the wind whips up and the rain falls.