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  1. Yes Colin, that’s £38 (or €42-ish) before you start on drinks / coffee. No wonder it’s called The Fleece ! UK restaurant prices always bring tears to my eyes ........... as do BF’s restaurant prices.
  2. Those views cheer us up every day! Both will have gone over in the next couple of weeks, but enjoy while we can.
  3. Just some recent pics which some of you folk might like.
  4. That’s a ferocious-looking Lab there at the shop front. Glad I wouldn’t have to negotiate him / her. Danger of being licked to death.
  5. Well, our son & family have just booked Pompey - Caen for mid -Aug. We’re trying to do our bit as a family !
  6. A picture of their ‘crowded’ crossing.
  7. In my experience, both ‘sides’ of the M25 were horrible, but of course it always depended on the time of day & day of the week. However .......... important to say that my experience and knowledge is 16 yrs out of date, so things will have undoubtedly improved !
  8. Not sure whether this should be here, but anyway ....... Friends of ours, who have a 2nd home down this way in the Herault, haven’t for obvious reasons been able to travel out as they would normally do. They did however make their crossing as above last Thursday. It’s their normal routing. Will be down here for 2 months-ish. Told us this afternoon that there were just 19 cars and 9 lorries on the sailing ......... so barely 50 passengers on the crossing. They said that it was actually very nice. Good weather, picnic lunch on the poop, nobody to disturb them ! You’d imagine that there would have been more freight / private cars for the return ?
  9. I’m probably missing something here, but with the collapse of SMM, aren’t the stevedores effectively unemployed? Accordingly, they aren’t actually on strike. If they worked, they wouldn’t get paid and they’d be uninsured. Colin will know - maybe it’s a different group of employees.
  10. I really do wish that CB hadn’t introduced this subject at this time of night. Was just beginning to think in terms of some nice after dinner cheese. Instead ....... what do we get ???
  11. Around here, it varies quite a bit so it’s a good idea to always have one with you or to always wear one when out if that’s your choice. Mrs G goes to a physio once a week and it’s a requirement there and similarly the dentist or GP, but these are understandable and sensible rules. With most other shops, there’s no requirement. However, just about every shop will have a restriction of (say) two or three people in the shop at a time and there are perspex screens between you and the cashier. The supermarkets are fine - not had to queue to get in since the lockdown started and there are no item shortages. One thing I forgot to mention is that on the markets, which re-opened around here three weeks ago, it’s no longer ‘self service’ on the fruit & veg stalls. Makes obvious sense. I think that it’s inevitable that we will see an increase in infections in this area in the coming few months. The tourist season has arrived and the travel restrictions are off, which is vital for the local economy.
  12. Just thought that some of you who are now ‘free’ to travel to France might find things here. Actually, this could be quite a short post. Down here at least (the Gard) things are pretty much back to normal. Precautions obviously, but not over the top. Went in to a shoe shop today with Mrs G and it was the first place where a mask was obligatory. In the supermarkets, its pretty much as it would normally be. People do respect the ‘social distancing’ thing. The level of infection and (as a result) mortality, has been happily really quite low. I understand that the autoroute service areas have re-opened food-wise, as previously posted. Things are not totally the same of course - for the immediate moment. But not horrible, nor put-offable.
  13. Worth mentioning too that autoroute service stations have now re-opened their restaurants. Up till now, they have only been able to provide fuel and (I think) packaged food like sandwich packs. Mark you, the catering on the motorways is nothing to write home about these days. It’s probably the thing that I’ve seen the biggest decline in quality and value for money in the last ten years.
  14. I reckon that all the post-op lark is worse than the actual procedure. Well, I suppose it would be because you’re fasto when under the knife. Good that you’re OK, but rehab will be the trickiest part.
  15. He doesn’t need good luck - he’ll be absolutely fine.
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