Thursday, April 9, 2020

Diary of Covid-19 confinement, day twenty-four

French Village Diaries covid-19 confinement day twenty-four
A glorious day to spend relaxing in the garden

Day 24 In holiday mode

If yesterday had been a lovely day, today was double lovely. The weather was glorious and lounging around watching the swallows and house martins chattering to each other as they sorted out their nests, was pure bliss. At 24º it was warm enough to dig out my shorts and summer tops from the bottom of the wardrobe. I wasn’t getting anything done on the to-do list, but it made me feel a little better about missing out on a cycling mini break.

French Village Diaries covid-19 confinement day twenty-four
#KTTinyTourer The Marais Poitevin

Today we should have been setting off to the Ile de Ré with our Bromptons and our Brompton cycling friends from London. Leaving from Niort, following the Vélo Francette through the Marais Poitevin and the Vendée, into Marans, La Rochelle and onto the Ile de Ré. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for an April cycling tour, but I had to make do with looking back on last year’s photos of days out in the Marais Poitevin and Ile de Ré. Maybe next year.

French Village Diaries covid-19 confinement day twenty-four
#KTTinyTourer Ile de Ré

April is often a holiday month for us, but I’m not sure holidays are going to be easy for any of us in the coming months. With this in mind, I thought I’d share a daily travel photo memory with you. If nothing else, it might give you a change of scenery to look at and maybe inspire your next holiday to France.

French Village Diaries covid-19 confinement day twenty-four
St Martin de Ré, Ile de Ré

It was an early start for Adrian as although we ran out of fresh veg yesterday, we had made the decision to leave shopping until next Tuesday. As head of purchasing, he says that is the best day to shop to avoid the crowds. Then we realised it’s Easter weekend so next Tuesday is likely to be busier as shops here will be closed Sunday and Monday. Thankfully for him, this morning proved to be another crowd-free, no queue, but stacked shelves, shopping experience and we are now well stocked for another ten days.

I did manage to drag myself into the kitchen this afternoon and put some of Adrian’s fresh veg shopping to good use with a (hopefully) tasty vegetable lasagna. All being well it will be ready to take out of the oven and serve in the small window between the end of this evening’s yoga class and the virtual pub quiz we are doing with friends, via Zoom, tonight.

It's all go here.

Stay indoors, stay safe.

French Village Diaries covid-19 confinement day twenty-four
#KTTinyTourer Ile de Ré

Lockdown library

Today’s reading suggestion is inspired by the lovely Ile de Ré and the feel-good, humorous novels by Karen Clarke that are set on the island.


  1. Good morning Jacqui. We had a weeks cycling holiday on the Il De Re probably 4 years ago now. We arrived in a gale with wind & rain. Once this passed we had the most glorious week, cycling round the nature reserves, stopping for cidre. I fall in love with the work of Phillipe Deschamps and have many of his pictures around the house. As you can see I am still playing catch up with the blog. Hope all is well. Jayne Gray.

    1. Thanks Jayne, we've only managed day trips to the Il de Ré so I'm rather jealous of your week there. However, we usually cycle over the bridge, not sure I'd have done that in a gale!


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