It is with much chagrin that I begin this post and realise that I have not written a blog for months. I will plead gardening in the early part of the year and a busy summer with lots of new guests and a returnee family from last year. Again I feel very lucky that our visitors have been extremely nice and that they have enjoyed staying at Chez Mimi. Those with children seem to have especially enjoyed the garden and the pirate ship/playhouse. I have been totally entertained by the sheer imagination and scope of the games played and now realise that pirate vocabulary transcends many languages!
Next year should prove exciting as the Tour de France starts on the 7 July 2018. The Grand Depart from Noirmoutier, (always a fabulous place to visit) will take the Peleton down the coast past Les Sables D'Olonne (of the Vendee Globe round the world yachting race fame) before heading inland to finish at Fontenay le Compte. The route passes within 35 to 40 minutes drive from Chez Mimi. The following day, Sunday 8th July passes within 5 kilometres taking in Les Lucs sur Boulogne, Beaufou, Palluau, La Chapelle Palluau and on to Aizenay before finishing at La Roche sur Yon. This provides an excellent opportunity for picnicking nearby and supporting your favourites riders and teams. The following two days are also within driving range with a team time trial at Cholet and a day's stage starting at La Baule (another beautiful place to visit) going into Brittany.
Meanwhile we are moving towards Autumn. We have had a very hot dry summer and the leaves are beginning to turn. It always seems very strange how the seasons are just that bit ahead of the UK. In my head, August is haymaking time but here most of it was done and dusted in June and July. Any time now we will be hearing the machinery at the Cave, across the road, begin the process of making the various local wines after the Vendage.
I hope that you have had a pleasant summer period too!