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Sainte Evette & Audierne, Southern Brittany
So I left you with the wind forecast to blow for 48 hours and as forecast (amazingly) it did. Neil and I spent Tuesday aboard while Jake went ashore for most of day. That evening we watched Peter Kay Live at the Top of The Tower. Unbelievably this was from 2001. No mention of mobile phones as the norm but booking holidays via Ceefax or Teletext! Jake barely knew what this was. Dated me (I’m about same age as PK I guess) and aged Neil!!
Wednesday saw wind blowing even harder and we all stayed aboard doing various stuff. Me mainly reading and watching 1st four episodes of Ally McBeal season 5. (Can’t believe I got rid of most of my DVDs, durr). Jake watched Dodgeball and Neil wrote his post on the passages which has now been published on www.thegledaproject.com
Thursday we all walked into town after doing a load of laundry. A chap who owned the cafe cum store (I apologise I don’t remember his name) drove Neil to the petrol station to refill the cans. It was very kind of him and he wouldn’t take anything for his trouble. He spoke very good English having spent time in London and Australia and having a girlfriend half French half English. As an aside, she, whoever ‘she’ is, is 30 this weekend.
As predicted winds dropped, barely a ripple and it was nice warm, but not too warm, day. Town is Audierne and we walked along the river up to the centre. We did as the French do and had a couple of drinks at lunchtime. This was while we waited for them to reopen their shops after lunch. Walked up out of town to Lidless to reprovision. Getting a taxi was a right mare. The staff in the store weren’t particularly helpful but Neil managed with his French really well to get us and our bags of shopping back to the harbour.
Friday was jobs for the boys and cleaning and sorting down below for me first thing. We went ashore just after 11am. I wanted a shower, wash the blankets and Neil wanted to upload his blogpost. Showers shut at 11am and don’t reopen until 3pm for an hour and Neil forgot his data card with his photos on. We did however get the laundry done and a baguette for lunch.
We went back at 3pm, Neil with his data card and me with my shower bag again. This time bar with Internet shut and no one at showers. Grrr. However 5 mins later shower lady turns up as does bar girl. I’m all clean and happy and Neil got his blogpost up.
Our plan is still to leave for Biscay crossing on Sunday morning. With any luck my next post will be from La Coruna, Northern Spain.
Oh yeah, I now only have 3 dining forks left on board. Jake was pre-rinsing the dishes in a bucket of seawater, forgot about the cutlery and they are now at the bottom of the harbour in Sainte Evette. We have left a little bit of our trip behind. I’ll have to keep my eye out for replacement WMF german engineered cutlery!