It was always a special treat to visit the Lambs; they were wonderful hosts and Caro’s home cooking was exceptional. After months of travelling we had also been missing the social side of life and it was good to relax in front of their log burner putting the world to rights, our tongues disgracefully loosened by several bottles of the local wine.
French Covid rules were much easier than in England – they were allowed to meet up with friends and family indoors and outside. However they did have to obey a strict 6 pm curfew. Friends of theirs called in at 4 pm for tea and then a glass of wine but at 10 minutes to 6 pm the visitors had to hastily head for home before curfew. Had they been caught they would have been fined.
Caro and Charles’s house was surrounded by farmland – there were fields of grape vines around their house and, when we went for a walk, we saw acres and of plum trees. I did wonder why they needed to produce so many plums until Charles pointed out that the fruit would probably be sold as prunes.