We have been visiting family in the south of France for the past couple of weeks. It is a lovely end of summer treat for the children and for Nick and me too. It is a long full day travelling down that involves a very early start from England, but it is so worth it when we arrive. Beautiful as Coombe Mill is, it is still lovely to spend some time away. For us the south of France has cousins the same age as our children, a lovely big house, the delightful town of Uzes and the river and beach a short drive away. It is a complete break for us all and Nick’s cousin Georgia and her husband Jean Luc are so hospitable we have returned for the second year running.
All the children picked up where they left off. With 10 teens and tweens around the house there is always someone to ‘hang out’ with and always something to do. For us adults there is endless food to make, laughs to share and time to relax and enjoy the things that matter most from being with the children to enjoying late evenings over wine on the veranda. Here I am sharing just a snapshot of some of our favourite activities.
A day at Montpellier beach was an hour’s drive which is more than we are used to in Cornwall but the beaches so vast that even at the end of summer they didn’t feel crowded. My dare devil children soon followed their cousins lead and spend a considerable amount of time jumping from the road bridge into the mouth of the estuary. I think I am secretly pleased this isn’t an option around us!
Ping pong tournaments in the garden were enjoyed so much by the kids that we are now looking into a ping pong table for Coombe Mill.
Sadly we really don’t hat have the weather for an outdoor pool, but they are a garden staple in the south of France and just as my children rediscover the farm with friends around, so the cousins did with the garden pool and our children.
The joy of a large group and older children is that not everyone has to join in everything. Nick and I took Clio and Guy to Nimes for the morning; we enjoyed an alfresco breakfast in the town square before a trip around the ancient Roman coliseum.
Ally, Felix and I took our bicycles along and spent many an afternoon cycling through the local villages and countryside. We checked on the vineyards, witnessed a wedding and teased each other when someone was slacking on the hills. These bike rides were one of the highlights for me along with eating figs and grapes straight from the garden.
Evenings eating out on the veranda were the perfect way to end each day and catch up on the day’s highlights. The views as the sun set were awesome and the fun and laughter from us all infectious.
It was a long journey back to Cornwall but so worth it for the family time we enjoyed away from the business together. My only regret was missing the birth of our piglets. Thanks to Jo of Jo’s Nursery who was staying at Coombe Mill I had a running commentary and a lovely photos from instagram to keep me going till I could see them for myself.
Highlights from our week in the South of France:
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