After monitoring both the UK and French government travel restrictions we decided to take the chance and book Eurotunnel tickets for a three week break at Frelon Cottage.
We knew this was risky, but made the assumption that there would be more UK travellers in France at any one time, than there would be quarantine hotel places available in the UK, so it was unlikely the Government would place France on the redlist (but with this Government, who knows, so it was still a risk).
This all meant we all had to have tests in both directions at an estimated cost of over £1000, but as we had not been to the house for over nine months it was worth the cost, and besides we all needed a holiday!
I was last at the house in October last year and sort of suspecting another lockdown had done extensive tidying and gardening usually spread over the spring visits, even so the house and garden had been uncared for a long time. We have the grass cut and friends send us images of the house but still we were anxious at the condition and state of things at the cottage.
We need not have worried……after a trouble free journey we pulled up in the lane outside to the garden looking very nice….a few weeds here and there but very tidy. The grass had been cut and the wildflower areas sewn last year had done very well. Inside, baring a few cobwebs, it was just as I had left it all those months ago!
This trip was purely relaxation….no work on the house despite the ping pong barn roof still only half done. I say this but as the days went on and weather failed to impress, more and more painting and titivating was carried out!
On a trip four years ago, Percy then 12, amused himself while I built a new floor in the Piggery bathroom by making a door for the Piggery itself. This door has just leant in the opening waiting to be fitted.
Like everything at Frelon Cottage, not as straightforward as it might seem! The chalk surround to this door, being in the oldest part of the house had disintegrated and needed to be rebuild. Armed with an angle grinder, new chalk blocks and lime mortar Percy set about rebuilding this door way. Three rainy days later Percy fitted the door and it swung gracefully open!
Finally, with a week to go, out came the sun and beaches, once more, became the focus of the trip!