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On another low key day Jackie drove me to Lymington to collect my laptop, the battery of which had needed replacing.
Later I scanned the last of the colour negatives of the French holiday taken towards the end of 1985.
In the evenings Matthew, Sam, and Louisa liked to sit and contemplate the pool;
Jessica kept an eye on proceedings.
One day Matthew, starting with Sam, took family members in different combinations on a paddle boat trip on a local lake.
Louisa joined in, as did Becky, whose trailing arm is visible here;
and, later, Jessica.
Back at the gite Matthew, with an improvised rod and line, went fishing,
and introduce Sam to the pastime. The little chap made his own rod.
Before bed, Sam and Louisa made an exciting den with kitchen furniture. The scabby knees still look impressive.
This evening Jackie produced an excellent meal of Chicken fillets marinaded in sweet chilli and mango, on a bed on vegetable rice. The vegetable included onion, mushrooms, peas, beans, sweet corn, and carrots. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Barbera d’Asti.
Despite repeated attempts, intermittent loss of connection has made it impossible to load most of today’s pictures. I am giving up and going to bed, hoping that there will be some improvement in the morning.
October 8th. All pictures are now inserted