29th August 2016 – The sight of Portsmouth Harbour as we come in to dock after a 9 hour sail from St Malo. The weather has been glorious – as was our holiday – but tomorrow I have to look forward to my pre-op for a total right hip replacement, but more on that later. Sailing from and to Portsmouth meant we could make a visit to Hayling Island where 50 years ago my parents lived: my father moving with his job. Not visited the place since they moved back to Nottingham in the 70’s and it was lovely to see their old house again: it brought back some fond memories. My brother goes down there quite often with my sister-in-law as he married a southerner. My daughter also married a southerner: a Londoner.

Brittany, though, is a lovely part of France – Finnistere, as they call the region, is steeped in history and their own culture. The people and the area reminded me somewhat of North Wales where the people are friendly and accommodating, and the house we stayed in for the two weeks was top-rate. Will follow up with pictures of which we have about four hundred, but don’t intend to post all of them on a blog, just the more interesting ones.

Will explain about the gap in blogging next time.