Left the barn early to get down to St Girons. First stop was Annie's to drop off the cement mixer. She was a bit flustered, trying to get horses fed and animals sorted before getting to work. Then onto La Forgue to pick up some additional stove pipe bits. Lee had given us a small wood burning stove he salvaged from renovating his place. It's a beautiful Godin No 13 with the flue exit at the back so we needed another 90 degree bend. Next down to the town to load two washing machines with laundry. One with very dirty work clothes and the other with bedding. A quick coffee and postcard writing while the machines did their stuff and on to Mc Donalds for internet. We know exactly where all the power sockets are in the place now and so just plug in and set to without even buying anything. We even plug the batteries in for the cordless drill.
Lastly a bit of food shopping for the last two days before heading back to UK.
On the way back we tried to catch Annie at Pont de la Taule to arrange a time for a drink in the evening. We could not find her so left a note on her truck. What we did find was a lovely old arm chair outside a house with a sign saying "free – help yourself" (in French) so we did just that (at least I think that's what it read on the sign).
Back to the barn and the clouds started to roll in. As we were unloading there were a group of 3 youth banging in posts for the new donkey enclosure. Breezy had a couple of words as it transpired that they were going to put the fence straight through the middle of our parking area.
In between showers we fixed the ridge slates on the outhouse and ran around putting washing on and off the line to dry. A few odd jobs done and then we sat inside out of the rain brushing down and blacking up the Godin stove for an hour or so before meeting Annie at the bar in Salau.
Fresh prawns and aioli followed by Alder smoked trout fillets and stir fried veg and noodles.