Into Toulouse for our longest stay ever and negotiated the cost for a fortnight - it still looked like the national debt (of NZ not UK - not being politicians we can't visualise trillions). A quick restock of Peter's favourite foods (and a miserly doling out of 'housekeeping money) before Angie departed to UK courtesy of Easyjet or is that an oxymoron.
|Tucked onto the Esplanade at Toulouse|
Angie apparently enjoyed her UK shopping and the visits to relatives and arrived back with all the normal goodies - but she wasn't particularly impressed at bacon, eggs, mushrooms and chips as Peter's celebratory Dinner! Once the cheddar and pork pies had been consumed we departed a few days later for a leisurely crawl towards Castelnaudary.
Lots of hire boats on the water enjoying Autumn rates - judging by general traffic density over the year 'Locoboats' are doing well - 'Le Boat' OK and 'Nichols' trailing in well to the rear.
At La Segala we were joined by the local fauna - Kes was not impressed.
Quite a lot of barge traffic with everyone heading to Winter quarters - Gladys and Sirius were a day or two ahead of us, but we caught up with them at Castelnaudary as they were off for holidays in the sun (?).
|'Fandango' demonstrating the best route|
|Nice sailing barge|
Sheltered from the wind at Villepinte for the weekend - Peter is busy on Amazon ordering 'bits' for delivery to Carcassonne and Angie is using the Wii to get ready for Pilates classes. Our usual moorings were a bit crowded but the sunny days are back with us, though we are covering the plants at night in case a frost surprises us and the shame of it - the CH had a trial run one night. Then back into Carcassonne on 31 Oct.
We have done 1360 km this season - half our normal cruising distance. Peter is wincing at the imminent diesel top up (400+ litres) but just as well to keep Kotare full as, given Hollande's tax measures and the general French despondency, who knows when the cries of 'Brits Out' (and all other foreigners) will begin.