I woke up bright and early in the Purple Hotel. Annoying because we didn't get to bed until about 1.30am and because our train wasn't until 11.36am. But it was nice not to have to get up and rush out at the crack of sparrows like we usually do.
I was expecting the worst at Eurotunnel as they kept emailing about it being the busiest day of the year, the queues to check in, the chaos being caused by increased French security. But after a tiny wait to check-in we got put on a train an hour earlier than the one we'd booked and just had time to get tea from Starbucks and stationery from WHSmith before it was time to head under the sea.
Sadly the Little Misses are nowhere near as impressed with the idea of going under the sea as they used to be. They barely looked up from their iPads!
It was about three and a half hours from Calais to our fabulous gite near Clécy. We stopped at the supermarket about ten minutes away and bought dinner and then it was on to La Pelleterie.
I knew it was going to be good from the pictures but oh my goodness it's amazing!!!!
Mme J the caretaker was here to let us in and show us around. She spoke a lot in fast French as she showed us everything. There was a lot of nodding and smiling and miming from all of us. Hopefully she wasn't saying anything too important which I didn't quite grasp!
Within minutes the Little Misses were in the pool which is in a huge barn next to the house and I think will be our main home for the next week!!
We sat outside to eat dinner - hot dogs and beans for the Little Misses and cheese, paté and bread for me and Mr K.
Mrs C, Mr M and the boys were late arriving and we had just put the Little Misses to bed when they arrived. Cue massive over excitement and a fair bit of shouting about sleeping arrangements. Sigh.
Having woken up at 5am this morning I was feeling a bit sleepy when I eventually fell into bed at 12.30am.