Day 6 of our holiday was also my birthday. Tabitha gave me a card which she had made several months ago and a beautiful scarf she had bought at the street market in Barneville-Carteret, with the help of Uncle James and Auntie Jess. She is such a sweetie! Here is Esther modelling the scarf.
My parents had booked a meal for all of us at a lovely little restaurant called Auberge de l’Ouve, tucked away in the countryside by a river. We arrived early so that we could go for a walk before lunch. Aaron and Tabitha were very excited to spot some boar in the forest!
The meal was delicious. Some things, like Colin’s enormous prawns for his starter and the lamb and beef steaks were roasted over an open fire at one end of the room. Aaron had duck for his main course which was absolutely amazing and made everyone else a teeny bit jealous! My dessert came with a candle on it and everyone sang happy birthday.
We had hoped to go kayaking on the river afterwards, but were informed that the weather was not good enough. After an unsuccessful search for other similar activities, we ended up at Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte, where there was a playground and a 12-15th century chateau. Aaron was in his element here, explaining various features of the castle to Grandpa.
We had a lazy evening back at the gite.
None of us were very hungry after such a big meal at lunchtime, so we mostly ate leftovers. My brother James had secretly bought a couple of big cakes at the patisserie that morning. The chocolate cake did have “happy birthday” candles on it, but they started melting everywhere while I was putting Esther to bed and had to be removed! The fraisier cake was absolutely amazing, so light and moreish!
Afterwards we played “Take Two”, which was greatly enjoyed by everyone during our holiday. To play, you place scrabble letters face down in the middle of the table. Each player takes five tiles to start, which they turn over at the same time. The first person to use all their letters shouts “take two” and everyone takes two more tiles. At the end you count up your score, doubling any letters used twice and deducting any unused letters.
Once it got dark, Aaron and Tabitha played outside with glowsticks.