Thursday 21st August.
We are parked up tonight in the village of Perignat-les-Sarlieve a few miles south of Clermont-Ferrand and just off the A75 motorway.
This morning we left Aumessas after a wonderful week with our eldest daughter and her family and friends in this delightful village. We are always surprised when we visit that a village with a permanent population of about two hundred folk has so much going on in the summer months. In addition to the events mentioned in the previous blog in the last few days there has been an evening of traditional French dancing with a live band (think Scottish/Irish dancing but with more complicated steps!) a Balkan Folk evening and two nights ago in the massive garden of a resident on the edge of the village we had a mini music festival lasting from 8pm until 6am the following day. In between I managed a walk in the mountains with my son-in-law and grandson and a walk with Phil up to the waterfalls just outside the village. Finally, on our last night there was the weekly Wednesday night Boules tournament which has been held in front of the bar/railway station for anything between one hundred and two hundred and fifty years, depending on who you are talking to!
So a fun filled week for us and never a quiet moment. I think we may find our way back there next summer. Our plan now is to slowly make our way to Saumur over the next week to visit Chris and Jenny, motorhomers we met in Spain earlier this year and who have a house there in the Loire Valley
The view across the Cevennes looking down on Aumessas.
Aumessas from the viaduct.
The Wednesday night Boules tournament