Friday, 9 November 2012

Fun in France

Hello, dear blogging friends!  

I’ve been absent from the blogosphere for a while (my last two posts were pre-scheduled), but now I’m back.

Firstly, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who visited me here while I was away – and an extra BIG thank you to those of you who left lovely messages.  And, secondly, I wanted to apologise for not visiting or leaving comments over at your homes-on-the-web while I’ve been away.  I’m looking forward to spending some time this weekend catching up on what you’ve all been up to!

Well, what have I been up to??? 

We had our half-term break, and went off on our travels!  We went to France for the week, with some friends.  We stayed at their auntie’s cottage, in the Cognac region (in the southwest).  It was a looooooong drive – 6 hours one day and 5 the next.  But it was well worth it!  We had a brilliant time!!!

Then, since we’ve been back, we’ve had a pretty awful time.  Simon was in hospital for a very long and very scary week.  He’s back at home with me now - and feeling a lot better.  Thank goodness!!!  But I don’t want to dwell on anything horrible here – my blog’s meant to be a happy place!  So I’m going to tell you about our little trip instead..... 

Here are our holiday highlights:
- Eating fresh croissants every morning
- Touring the Hennessy cognac factory (with tasters, of course)
- Cycling around countryside lanes (past vineyards and tiny villages and beautiful chateaus)
- Befriending a local dog (‘Pinpon’ decided he wanted to live with us for a day – and we didn’t object)
- Playing games in the evening, in front of the fire
- Romping over Europe’s biggest sand dune (near Arcachon)
- Eating ice-cream sundaes – at the beach – in the sunshine – with no coats – IN OCTOBER (in La Rochelle)
- People-watching in Bordeaux
- Taking lots and lots and lots of photos

... and here are my favourites:

[home for the week]

[our new friend]


[a beautiful chatteau]

[Bordeaux cathedral]

[blue sky and autumn leaves]

[a charming cobbled street]

[a pretty window]

[heaps and heaps of sand]

[enjoying our trip]

Thank you, Vicki and Jon, for a wonderful week!!! X

Right, I’m off to put the kettle on, grab a biscuit (or two) and pay some of you a visit.....




  1. awwww so envious! looks like you had a wonderful trip! glad ur back and Simon is better now. Loving the photos! pinpon is such a cute name and he's adorable! loving all the photos, how i wish i'm in france now on holiday hehe

    xx susan

  2. Sounds as if you have had a brilliant time. Great photos!

  3. Sunshine and sea, beautiful photos! Looks like you really enjoyed yourselves.
    Hope things keep improving healthwise too.
    Wendy x

  4. Carly, you've been missed but I'm so glad you've been having such a lovely time! Your photos are beautiful...glad Simon is better :) xx

  5. We went to the biggest sand dune when we were little. Did you count the steps, we just rolled down the hill but I think my Mum tried to count them.

  6. holiday in a cottage in France - absolutely on my 'to do' list, looks like you had a fab time. xxx

  7. Wow, that all sounds lovely, we visit France regularly as my Father-in-law has a house over there, we are off to stay for two weeks over Christmas and I can't wait! Reading about your trip has made me all excited for ours again!

  8. Hello Carly I so enjoyed seeing your lovely photos of your trip to France! What a wonderful time! I'm glad Simon is feeling better now.
    Take care.
    Helen x

  9. Sounds like such a fun time! I love your photos! Beautiful! Glad Simon is feeling better!
    Wishing you a happy week!
    Kate :}

  10. What lovely photos..looks like a stunning area to visit. I have never been to France (yet)..I would love to go on holiday though at some point.
    Enjoy the cups of tea and the biscuits :)
    Magie x

  11. Such gorgeous pictures and a wonderful break though so sorry it's all been a bit yukky since coming home. Glad to hear things are on the mend though.

    Nina x

  12. Hi Carly - love your photos. Following now! Elaina xo


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