start this morning to get to St Malo in time. Karl turned up at 5.30
to pick me up. We both seem to be early risers.
whizzes along - pushes his old van to the limit. He talks constantly
(wonder if he's a bit lonely in that huge house?). He also has his CD
player turned right up (nice sounds - JJ Cale, Ry Cooder, MuddyWaters, etc). We still had time to stop off for a coffee on the way and got to the port at St Malo to watch the ferry come in.
didn't look as if she had a wonderful journey; said she'd been sick a
few times and hadn't been able to eat anything. Karl suggested
stopping off in Dinan for something to eat before picking up his
furniture. The old town centre is full of historical buildings and
Laura seemed to really like it.
She cheered up once we found a café
and had baguettes and coffee. It only took ten minutes from Dinan to
Karl's pick up place; a beautiful manoir where a bureau and chest of
drawers was ready to be collected. Laura said the manoir was how
she imagined Monsieur Henri's house to be (Amatore's
- chapter 23).
we arrived back Laura wanted to take a look around, so the three of
us went for a walk down the lane. Met Jean-Luc who was pottering
around in his yard (wonder if he and his wife ever talk to each
other). I introduced him to the others. Karl thinks the whole
Gertrude saga is hilarious - says I should tell Jean-Luc the truth,
but I'm not so sure; I don't think it would go down too well.
Karl had left, Laura and I sat out in the garden and discussed
promotion for my books. She has lots of useful suggestions.