The next morning was lovely and sunny, so we made the most of it by having breakfast in the garden.
Then we set off for a nice long walk around the country lanes and tracks nearby.
It was suggested that this pony looked rather like Tabitha with its wild mane!
Esther ate a balanced lunch of cherry tomatoes (the gite owners gave us two huge bowls of homegrown tomatoes) and leftover birthday cake!
Then we had a lazy afternoon playing and reading books, with a bit of packing and tidying in between.
In the evening we went out for a meal in La Haye-du-Puits. Again, there was an open fire to cook your steaks in front of you. The food was delicious but the service was rather slow, and Esther got very tired towards the end.
We got up early the next day to pack the car and ensure the gite was clean. Then we headed to Cherbourg, via La Haye-du-Puits for breakfast and a large Intermarche at Valognes to pick up a few things to bring back. The crossing was rougher this time and I was very glad I had given the children travel sickness meds. The car journey back home was awful, as we hit lots of traffic queues and Esther was miserable. She was really happy when we finally got home and danced a little jig around the front room! My wonderful in-laws (who had been looking after the guinea pigs) had left a pile of birthday cards, cakes and presents on the table for me, which was a lovely surprise.