Are we there yet?
Monday, August 6
This was a peaceful day with a trip to the beach in the morning and pony camp in the afternoon. Daniel retired from pony camp and came with his parents to a nearby little port. He had a pancake and read his Tintin which he found to be better in every way than dealing with recalcitrant horses.
The Princess and I had the first of several successful expeditions. We went to the market together and spent all our money. She considered ways to make more.
Herself: I’ve decided to charge you for looking at me.
Me: I beg your pardon?
Her: That’ll be €10.
Her: That’s another €10.
Me: This is ridiculous.
Her: Another €10. And I’ve been thinking, you must have looked at me loads of times since I was born. You owe me a fortune.
This monetising of everything is fundamentally unsatisfactory.
In the afternoon, we went to the beach. There was duck fishing. Let joy be unconfined.
They won pirate hats.
It was around this time that reading material began to get a bit thin on the ground and competition for the e-reader started to hot up. I was re-reading Pride and Prejudice. The Princess was re-reading Harry Potter. In desperation she had started Pride and Prejudice but abandoned.
Her: I need the e-reader.
Me: I need it more.
Me: Mr. Darcy is just about to propose to Elizabeth again.
Her (in stupefaction): Mr. Darcy is proposing to Elizabeth?
Oh God, the only person in the world who doesn’t know the plot of Pride and Prejudice and now I’ve ruined it for her.
That evening Mr. Waffle and I went for our anniversary dinner to a very nice restaurant which I cannot recommend highly enough, particularly since I didn’t pay [hurrah for my loving husband]. It was one of those restaurants where only the man’s menu has the prices. It has a special stool for your handbag and oh the food, the food is just fantastic.
It is, however, in the oddest setting. It’s right on the outskirts of Lorient nestling between discount shopping outlets.
I am amazed that the Michelin inspectors made it to such an out of the way spot. Among our fellow diners was a child of 8 in a blazer and tie who was going through the tasting menu with every appearance of enthusiasm. I gave him a warm smile when he turned round to look about the restaurant because I felt he was exceptionally well behaved. He lifted a haughty eyebrow and his gaze moved on. Oh dear.
Wednesday, August 8
The Princess and I headed out to the beach in the morning while the men minded the house.
She went to pony camp in the afternoon and we went for an adventure with the boys. It was boiling hot and we chose to go to a maize maze. Oh the heat, the misery, the pirates jumping out of the maze to give us heart failure and misleading directions. The lighthouse pictured below is, I can assure you, particularly inaccessible.
That evening Michael finally lost a tooth. Unfortunately he seems to have swallowed it.
And, finally, if you look closely at this video, you’ll be able to see the red squirrels which we saw in the trees in the garden every evening.
I think that this is all I can take for today which means there will have to be a part 4. You can stop any time, I’m the one with the compulsive desire to document my family’s holidays on the internet.