Our next stop was to see Caroline and Charles Lamb at Monségur, south east of Bordeaux. We had spent a frustrating day in and around Bordeaux trying to buy a replacement wheel for Tony’s Kalkhoff bike. The bike was stored on the back of the camper when there was an unfortunate incident with with a tree whilst we were reversing into a parking space. The bicycle wheel was bent beyond repair. We found three Kalkhoff dealers in the area and we visited each but none of them stocked a spare wheel. Tony finally gave up and phoned Kalkhoff in England and asked them to send us a wheel from the UK.

We found Charles and Caro busy working on their house. They had builders in constructing an extension and Charles was laying a concrete base for a small swimming pool. After a refreshing cup of tea and several glasses of wine, we enjoyed a delicious meal of filet steak with barbecued vegetables.

The following morning we drove over to their daughter’s house half an hour away. Jay and Zöe have a lovely 19th century country house with large, beautifully proportioned rooms complete with an Aga in the huge kitchen. They had done a lot of work to the house and were in the process of constructing a swimming pool, much to the delight of their two young children, Colin and Gracie.

After coffee and biscuits we said a fond farewell to the Lambs and were on our way, heading south east towards the Mediterranean coast through Toulouse, Carcassonne and Norbonne.