A “Round Robin” sent to friends after the holiday! By Jean Hughes
This is to take the place of the postcard that wasn’t sent - owing to the fact that we hardly went through any towns or villages of any size.
We started off well in time and reached Portsmouth with plenty to spare. The good news was that the Fast Cat Ferry was going to be at least an hour late and only working with three engines. Good start! This meant a phone call to our first stop to say we’d be late. Thank goodness for mobile phones.
First stop La Galliere near Villages Bocard – very comfortable but rather over commercial. Had excellent meal at the Three Kings in Villages. Visited Bayaeux and saw the tapestry – unbelievable. Then to Omaha Beach where there are over 9,000 Americans buried in the war cemetery.
The next stop was with another English run Chambres d’hote in Yzeres-d-Creuse, between Chatellerout and Charteaureux. Very comfortable with an excellent meal at the local Logis hotel where the waitress(daughter of the house) told us sweetly “That we never cook the steak “well done””. Met a mad crowd of 6 middle-aged English who were on a “Cycling for Softies” holiday.
Moved on to a lovely farm near Aubusson where we had a good meal and accommodation. No other English people staying so conversation was interesting! After leaving here we found our exhaust “blowing” – think we hit it coming off the farm track. Stopped at a Peugot garage and were assured that it would get us to our next overnight stop. Luckily it was at our friends in Charnay near Lyon.
Arrived, very loudly, and gratefully accepted a welcome drink.
The next day, Sunday, went to a village about 5 miles away to see a Barrel Organ Festival – great fun and very warm. Monday was rather overcast and David and Donald went to get the car sorted. Great having friends who can speak the language with a tame garage man along the road.
On to the Nuit St Georges area where we couldn’t get into our favourite stopover – she was full as were the next to places we tried. OK at the fourth though in Camboeuf. Beautiful quiet place though no English spoken but we got by as usual.
Made arrangements to stay in Mauriel sy Ay, near Epinay, at a champagne house. First site was not too encouraging (may be we were tired as we’d been sent on a 12 kilometre diversion) after a day’s driving. But we had a good meal with five different glasses of champagne during the meal. Clever marketing! Of course we bought because it was good. Once again it was a non-English speaking house but an elderly couple – an ex-GI and his French wife who had met and married in Paris in 1945 – were very useful.
On to Sermiers where we go for champagne – a delightful stop tasting Rene Fresne’s best before stocking up and moving on.
Off to our next stop at Peter and Hazel Baker’s in Brionne where we’ve stayed before. Round Soissons, Compeigne and through Beauvais (a pig!) A good night with Hazel’s excellent cooking and lots of laughter with the other English guests.
Our last night (Friday) in Grainges, north of St.Lo proved to be in a lovely house attached to a breeding stud for trotting horses. A beautiful large room, very French. No English, in fact when David booked on the phone the husband thought we were going to be there on Sunday! This, luckily had been cleared up with Peter Baker ringing up the night before when we were having a few doubt whether the message had been received correctly.
The only drawback was the distance away and the quality of restaurants nearby – not quite as good as before. Good place to go for an overnight stop when first arriving in France. Graines is where 30 American soldiers were exectuted after landing on D-Day (not killed in fighting) and they are remembered with a large memorial in the local churchyard.
Saturday. Now for home. On the way popping into St Mere Eglise where a parachute still drapes the church steeple – another reminder of D-Day. Another stop at a supermarket for diesel (50p a litre) and, of course, more wine. Straightforward journey and back to reality. Thanks for the article we would love to hear from any one else who has a travel story...you write it we will print it!!
By Constable Darren King
by Constable Darren King
I hope you all had a merry Christmas and that Santa brought you what you asked for.
The ‘must have item’ these days seems to be the latest generation mobile phone, which as you are aware, cost hundreds of pounds, and are the possession of everyone who can afford them, from junior school children to adults.
Unfortunately though, they are also the ‘must have item’ of people who cannot afford them or are not willing to pay, and these thieves think nothing of taking this expensive piece of equipment from you by force if necessary.
Street robbery of this kind in on the increase, (thankfully, not in Overton), but it does not mean that this type of offence cannot happen here. You should however, be wary of this type of crime especially when visiting urban areas such as Wrexham and Chester etc.
Make sure that you follow the security guidelines supplied with your phone, such as registering its details with the service provider and setting it so you have to use a PIN number, these simple steps will help to ensure that if your phone is stolen, then it will be useless to the thief. But as you naturally do not want to have your property stolen in the first place, the best advice is not to blatantly advertise that you are in possession of the phone by walking down the street with the thing ‘stuck to your ear and speaking loud enough so everyone in the vicinity can here you’. If you have to use it in public, try to be discrete, and keep it out of view.
Following on this post Christmas theme, I find it sad to report that after over 30 years of advertisements and enforcement, people still think it acceptable to drink and drive. As I have previously reported, this type of needless crime is perpetrated by all age groups, male and female, who would rather risk killing themselves or others than take a taxi or not drink alcohol. There is no excuse and I have no tolerance for this selfish pathetic behaviour. Remember, if you are caught ‘over the limit’, you will be dealt with, and it is not the police who are to blame if you are unable to get to work and lose your job.
My sincere thanks to those who make alternative arrangements and those who are prepared to report offenders to the police. Please feel safe in the knowledge that your actions potentially save lives and immeasurable heartache.
Darren King, Constable 1360.The Police
Station, Overton,Wrexham LL13 0EF
Telephone: (01978) 290 222 Fax:(01978) 294 771