This year we decided to return to the Margueron farmhouse as it may be the last time we can come here – as the owners (Paula and Andy) are selling it, due to illness. We have wanted to return for the past few years but, like many other things, Covid got in the way.

So it was a real delight when Paula said the house was available for a couple of weeks in July. Only after we booked it did we find out that a.) Jak & Mellisa were expecting another child, due early August, so they couldn’t come. b.) Daisy & Jacob both started new jobs and would not be able to take any time off in July. c.) Daniel & Bennie couldn’t get reasonably-priced flights from Norway and d.) Ruth started a new job too – and wasn’t able to get enough time off. The weeks we chose also coincided with the much-delayed graduation ceremonies for both Daisy & Ruth.

So – we decided to combine going to France (which was now going to be just Sara and me – and Bowie the Dog, of course), with Ruth’s graduation ceremony in Falmouth. 



We packed the van for both trips – smart stuff for the graduation – and holiday stuff for France. We had also arranged to view a house in Portmellon, near Mevagissey so some stuff suitable for a house viewing was also required. We travelled down and arrived at Carnon Downs campsite. We’ve stayed there before. Really lovely site, well-looked after. They had a food van on the site so we ordered from the van to save cooking.

The next day, we walked the dog, then got dressed up and drove to the Uni. We watched the graduation ceremony, where Ri=uth was presented with a token by Dawn French who is part of Falmouth Uni. Ruth’s friends looked after the dog while the ceremony was on. We had a drink with Ruth afterwards and then left her to enjoy the celebrations.

It turned out that we had read the ferry details wrong and had actually missed the ferry we were booked on. Luckily we were able to change the booking to the later ferry. We drove  on and took our seats. The Newhaven to Dieppe crossing isn’t too long so we arrived very early in the morning and then drove down to the Dordogne. We arrived at about 4.30 and it was great to be back at the farmhouse – and to have it all to ourselves!