Posted: 05/07/2015 at 23:44
Catastrophe! (as the French say). After 3 hours of driving my car broke down, overheated, needs some belt or something for the water pump. Now in a garage in the middle of France. Insurance said we couldn't come home today as car hire places were shut and wanted us to stay in a hotel. But daughter No 2's lovely French husband rang them and persuaded them to get us home by taxi, train to Limoges and another taxi. So we'll give it another go tomorrow in OH's car.
Ferry lady was nice and we have tickets for 1am ferry, no extra charge. 6pm was full, but it gives us a chance for a lie in tomorrow and we'll have a cabin on the ferry.
Nightmare waiting for breakdown man. You have to call the gendarmerie if you break down on a motorway, who is supposed to arrange for a breakdown man in 30 mins. A motorway chap arrived with plastic cones and eventually rang a breakdown man. The gendarme had forgotten to ring him. The hard shoulder was very narrow with brambles and nettles beyond it and it was hot with no shade.
Going to bed.
Garden girl, I think that plant is Scilla Peruviana.