A brief escape

Didier's son Gauvin with a ship-kiteA French frogWhen Richard was at school he did a French "exchange" with a lad called Didier Lapetoule, who became a good friend. This summer, Richard's mum arranged a visit to Didier's parents' house in Britanny. Richard and Didier hadn't seen each other for over 26 years--and had forgotten most of one another's language. However, within half an hour the years had vanished, and we spent a brilliant few days exploring Britanny, made wonderfully welcome by Didier and his family--and being fed the most sumptuous seafood twice daily ("Jost wahn waffer theen crab claw..."). We joined the locals gathering oysters, cockles and mussels at low tide and brought them home for our own seafood feast. The hens enjoyed the shells so as ever nothing was wasted.

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