As we expected the last month has been a bit boring retracing routes we have done before - the disadvantage of spending a second cruising season in the south. We even considered sprinting for Agde to paint the hull and then up the Rhone in early Spring but dithered and decided against.
We met up with 'Merlot' (Paul and Kathy)at Castelsarassin and they followed us to the local Intermarché.
Damazan was a new stop, we had expected a 'night market' but the village square had been converted into a giant outdoor cafe - tubs of mussels and seafood plus lots of local wine - led astray by some of the bargees from Buzet it was a really good night. It must have been as Angie dropped a shoe into the canal on boarding - guess who had to recover it!
We got as far as Mas d'Agenais where we stayed for a few days for Angie to sunbathe before turning around. We had passed most of our fellow Carcassonne Winterers but Sirius caught up at Mas.
|Quo Vadis and Sirius|
|Nigel looking enthused|
The River Garonne was seriously low - though the Baise was navigable
|Garonne - April|
|Garonne - August|
It is getting Autumnal with the trees changing colour and mist on the canal in the mornings - but the moment we put the Summer duvet on the bed the temperature shot back into the 30's.
|Autumn is nigh|
|This is interfering with my sunbathing!|
Then we pottered up the Montauban Embranchement to Lacourt St Pierre - electricity and water for €3 a night which is very reasonable. They are piling the canal sides and there are two dredgers at work which slowed us down a bit.
Peter won his weight loss bet so is now 20lbs lighter - can he keep it off - beer in the local cafe tonight ?? After a weekend of Rugby Internationals and boat cleaning it is off to Toulouse next.