I need keep on top of managing the gite bookings, sending people reminders, responding to enquiries, buying euros to pay our bills in France and also to ensure that we actually have some spending money whilst we are there. I also have to make sure I've updated and printed out guest information for the gites, including translating some of this into French. I've checked with our caretakers if they want us to bring over anything from the UK and also organised to catch up with friends in Brittany whilst we are out there.
Andy's parents (well mainly his mum) come and kindly cat and house sit whilst we are away so I will prepare the house for them. Oh yes, and at some point I'll have to do some packing though that's pretty easy. Of course there is our website, Facebook and Pinterest pages and Twitter to maintain and keep up to date. I thought computers were meant to make life easier!
Last of all we are keeping an eye on the weather forecast as high winds were predicted for this weekend. We are travelling with Brttany Ferries on the Normandie Express high speed ferry (affectionately known as the vomit comet) from Portsmouth to Cherbourg. We are waiting to hear if it is going to be cancelled though Chris my friend at BF on Twitter said he will keep me up to date - phew - I need a holiday (and a drink)!
Parish closes (enclos paroissiaux) are characteristic of rural religious architecture in Brittany. A parish close, usually enclosed by a wall, generally includes a church, a calvary, an ossuary, a cemetery and a triumphal gate. They celebrate the distinctive character of Breton Catholicism in elaborately sculpted scenes.
There are 3 marked parish close tours which you can do by car between Brest, the Monts d'Arrée and the Bay of Morlaix. You can download audio tours of the parish close routes in English from the Ze Visit website. There is a link for each audio tour at the end of each tour description. You will need to register on the Ze Visit site.
In October last year we visited the parish close of Guimiliau above which boasts a magnificent calvary sculpted with 200 figures and a church with a fine south porch. It is one of the best parish closes in Finistere and well worth a visit.
So that's it for today - you will have to wait for the next post to find out how our second property hunting trip to Brittany progressed - I've got way too much to do! A bientot!