The June retreat was a reunion of 9 of our past guests, Caroline, Felicity, Sandra, Rhona, Mary, Toril, Astrid, Wendy, Pippa and new girl Olwyn. It started with a rail strike in France, but after lots of text messages we managed to get the five who were arriving by train here for a late supper on the Sunday evening. As it is a large group we are using the house at La Nougerée so have the swimming pool, which is now heated to a balmy 30 degrees.
We started the week with coffee in the sun at the local bar in Burie, Rhona is modelling her nearly finished fairisle beret.
The completed beret blocking over a plate.
A visit to the Donkey Sanctuary to see the lovely Poitou Donkey's. These beautiful animals were bred as working animals but are now very few and far between. They are huge animals with amazing dreadlocks.
cute enough to take home
two liberated donkey's
a quick stop at the fish stall in the market to buy fresh sardines and brandade for lunch
coffee in St Jean d'Angely
We didn't spend all our time shopping, drinking coffee and visiting donkeys, everyone managed to produce vast amounts of knitting and crochet, we even managed a little jewellery making workshop with Toril and Astrid.
It was a fabulous week, with lots of sunshine, swimming, laughter and friendship, looking forward to everyone returning in 2015.