We woke up to more beautiful sunshine. Tabitha and Esther headed straight out to the back garden to play on the swings and munch apples straight from the tree.
Meanwhile Aaron played with our Playmags in the sitting room. I ordered these just before we went away as they dropped to a fantastic price on Amazon, and they have been a huge hit with all three children.
After a delicious breakfast of croissants, pain au chocolat and baguette, we drove north to Barneville-Carteret, where we discovered a wonderful street market.
We bought some lunch from a boulangerie-patisserie. The children hadn’t gone with the menfolk to buy fresh bread that morning, so this was their first glimpse of patisserie! We found a lovely green area to play and eat our picnic.
Tabitha started filling in her travel journal. I made one each for her and Aaron before we left filled with interesting information, I-spy games, wordsearches, diary pages and (most importantly as far as Aaron was concerned) cheese tasting pages!
After our picnic lunch and a drink at a cafe, we went down to the seafront. The beach was huge and surprisingly empty considering what a beautiful day it was.
The children were keen to go into the water, so we fetched their swimming stuff from the car. Colin and Aaron said the water was really warm but Tabitha didn’t think so!
On the way home we found a supermarket and stocked up on food for the next few days. Lots of fresh salads, tabbouleh, pate, rillettes, saucisson and cheese. The children played outside in the garden until dinner was ready.
In the evening, we went for a walk in the country lanes around the gite. There were oak trees and acorns everywhere! We came across a field of cows and waited by the gate until they all came over, much to Esther’s delight.
Back at the gite, Esther toddled off by herself to play in the garden. Meanwhile Aaron and Tabitha made hot chocolate for everyone who wanted it and settled down to play board and card games.