Arrived back at the barn late afternoon after a great roadtrip into Italy. Started off driving over to Provence and staying just outside Gordes to see Stephano & Reikke (Danish friends we know through Winters in Chamonix). Camped there for 3 nights with them and Reikke's daughter, with a bit of exploring by car, on foot and even managed a climb at Cavaillon (Breezy got attacked by bees).
Left Provence on Monday and drove through to Finale on the Italian coast to find some more climbing. Fanatastic area and well thought out guide book. It even shows you when a particular crag is in the sun.
2 nights camping in Finale before heading over to Tuscany for the wedding. Laney and Rich had booked a fantastic villa in the middle of olive groves on a hillside – Padrignone. A couple of days build up to an amazing wedding in Sienna which could not have happened without Simon's help from the villa.
A couple of days road trip back to the barn, staying in Bezier (don't stay there – it's not nice). Tried to pick up some saolar stuff on route but it had not been delivered. Tried to collect the generator from St Girons but it had not been fixed, and we are still on blow-up beds as we still have not found a mattress to fit the mezzanine.