This Saturday it has been dull, wet and windy but last Saturday, although quite cold, was very sunny and bright. In fact, I took this photo on our way to Doué-la-Fontaine - this is our corner of France at its best - beautiful blue skies and open space!
This next picture is at the entrance to the market...
We didn't buy very much at the market but we couldn't resist some chocolates and on our way out, succumbed to some freshly roasted peanuts and chestnuts. Here's Danny getting stuck into them!!
We left the market around 4pm and were only a couple of kilometres into our 64 kilometre journey home when Danny noticed that the car was pulling to the right. He immediately suspected a puncture and stopped to examine the tyres. We don't carry a spare wheel; just a tyre repair kit. At first Danny just put more air into the tyre but after another few more kilometres, it was clear that it was a bit more serious. We stopped and Danny attempted to use the repair fluid without success. We could, of course, have phoned for help except that (and I think this is what they call 'sod's law') neither of us had our mobile phone with us! Rather bravely, Danny then drove the car at a snail's pace to Bressuire, a town which is about 15 kilometres from home, where the tyre finally gave up and disintegrated! We had been trying to get to an English couple we know there in the hope of using their phone to get a taxi - but they weren't there! Danny had pulled off into a side street and a French couple came out of their house to see what we were doing. (This is nothing unusual in France; they are always watching and looking to see - who knows what?!) I explained our predicament as best I could, hoping they would let us use their phone. But - the man offered to take us home! We were so touched by this generosity and even now, a week on, I still feel so incredibly moved by that man's kindness. I tried to give him the box of chocolates we'd bought and Danny offered him money. But he refused both. He and his wife also told us they would keep an eye on the car and make sure it was safe. We saw them again on Monday when we returned to sort it out and we have bought them a nice bottle of wine as a thank you gift. And to finish the story, we bought two new tyres and are using the old but good tyre as a spare. We have also put an old mobile phone in the car to carry with us in case of future problems!!!
And needless to say, we didn't get to go to the Christmas market we'd intended to go to last Sunday! Still, I guess it would have been an anti-climax after the wonderful one at Doué-la-Fontaine!
I shall write again in a few days with news of what we've done to the lounge....