When Esther returned it was time to go and do the first of our promised favours, which we did, and then had another week until we were needed again so we drove down to Lourdes where we found a Groupon deal so that Esther could take a few days away from the van to recover from her Holland visit. We don’t write about it much, but Esther was diagnosed with ME several years ago and some days can hardly get out bed, especially when we’ve been out of our normal routine as we had been ever since leaving Spain. She also didn’t recover from the flight home at all, which she has found several times in the past. We’re not sure why but her body just doesn’t respond well to the flying. It was still raining unfortunately, but Lourdes was a lovely place to spend some time.
We then remembered that our van needed and MOT urgently, so we booked Esther into a chalet on a campsite for 3 nights, moved in half the contents of our motorhome (i.e. the dog stuff) and I tore back to Dieppe, sailed to Newhaven, had the MOT and drove back again the next day.
It was definitely a much busier April, May and June than we anticipated. The ‘adventures’ we had were not the kind we expected at all, but they still were ‘adventures’ all the same and taught us many lessons, especially how to make the best of things.