Sunday 22 September 2019

Sunday 22nd September

Saturday's meal was very good.  We sat at Jacky's kitchen table with a British couple and Iranian couple. The Iranian man had come to France over 38 years ago as a political refugee. After nibbles of speciality bread we were served a starter of fig and goose liver tart. Jacky told us to eat it and he would then tell us what was in it.

 The main course was chicken with cepes mushrooms, pasta and a cream sauce.  Jacky had picked the mushrooms from local wood ,dried them for storage and then rehydsted then before cooking them. He picked over 15 kg last year. The main course was cooked the whilst we  sat in the kitchen.

After a cheese course of a selection of local cheese we were served an Apple Normandy tart made to his mother's secret receipt.

We had breakfast at 8:00. Jacky told that one reviewer had described it as the worst breakfast they had ever had in France!  He would let us judge.The table was filled with  selection of fruit,  yogurts. apple compot . granola, crossionts, a large brioche , pancakes . cheeses. homemade jams, freshly  toasted bread , dried fruit and a selection of fruit juices. The only disappointing think about the breakfast was the weather.   It was dark clouds when we commenced eating and starting to rain by the time we had finished. We had hoped to do a bike ride but decided to drive towards tonight's accommodation instead and see if the weather improved. We stopped first in Saint Pierre des Nids about 4 km away  to get some bread from the Boulangerie where Jacky had bought the bread for last nights meal. " Not the Boulangerie by the church" . Kate would have taken us on the peage to Rouen but we opted for slower but more scenic main road instead. The saving on the toll was spent on a coffee and cake on route. The rain was set in despite the occasional  glimpse of blue sky. We had lunch in a rest area just past Rouen and opted to sit in the  car slthought a few brave souls did brave the outside seating area. We then continued straight to tonight's accommodation The Aurerge de Parc en Ceil arriving just after 16:00 where we have reserved a table for dinner. Cagoules we worn for the first time this holiday as we unpacked the car in the rain

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