Life in a nutshell, 'cos it's better if you're nuts!

A collection of random thoughts, adventures, happenings and general goings on in the Gardner Family.
Chilling Out

Chilling Out

This post could have been called “Not a Lot Happened” but it was quite busy with swimming, domestic disasters, and a bit of DIY.

Île de Ré

Île de Ré

A day on one of the most scenic parts of the area, the Île de Ré, somewhat spoiled by erratic behaviour from both myself and the kids. Tiredness, huh ?

The Two Towers

The Two Towers

One of the best bits of La Rochelle is its old harbour, the Vieux Port, where the harbour mouth is dominated by two massive old stone towers.

Settling In

Settling In

A day during which the kids explored the pool, and everyone explored some extra sleep, followed by a dash into town for dinner.

French Motorways

French Motorways

French motorways tend to be uninteresting in a good way. Maybe the tolls keep all the numpties away.

Leaving England

Leaving England

The much anticipated trip to France began with a morning of cleaning the car and loading it up with enough stuff to equip Napoleon’s armies for a tour of Russia.

La Rochelle

La Rochelle

A repeat visit for a couple of weeks to one of my favourite locations. This time we had two children and two grandparents with us.

Chilly Brussels

Chilly Brussels

Ahhhh, Brussels, the home of the sprout. Kas and me made a trip in February 2007 when it was still the depths of winter and it was pretty cold.

Meribel

Meribel

Skiing in Meribel. Well, I skied. Kas, Ami, Dennis and Linda did a lot of swimming, sitting in cafes and meeting me at the tops of mountains.

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

Time to wave bye bye to our adopted home of one week and get ourselves back to Milton Keynes again.

Back to the Island

Back to the Island

For our final full day we couldn’t really decide what to do, so we went back to the Île de Ré to do a bit more exploring.

The Quiet Day

The Quiet Day

This was the day where we didn’t do much. We did so little that I apparently couldn’t even be bothered to take any photos of it.