Where do you go when you want a simple holiday, a step back in time, with nature on your doorstep, peace and quiet everywhere you go and not too many people to bump into.
We chose Sark.
We were lucky with the weather. Sunshine and wildflowers along the lanes in October, amazing.
Rather a lot of coffee and cake was consumed ... shhh don't tell Suky!!
Walking across La Coupee on a blustery but lovely warm, sunny day gave us spectacular views, the sort that genuinely makes you say 'Wow'.
We left our cycles on the main island side and walked around for the day. After not being on a bicycle for over 35 years I had great trouble admiring views and keeping in a straight line on unmade up roads and muddy paths.
Having a delicious lunch on Little Sark once we had crosse La Coupee. Just a simple salad but served on freshly baked French bread ... proper French bread.
Then with the skies darkening, we set off to walk back and retrieve the bikes.
We spent our days walking, cycling and eating. Exploring the island and meeting some of its 660 inhabitants ... but not many of them, it's a quiet place with lots of elderly folks that keep themselves to themselves in houses dotted few and far between. We spent time chatting to the different day-trippers that came over each day on the two passenger ferries when we bumped into them in the cafe or pub. And just generally relaxing.
We got this close to a genuine Olympic gold medal on Friday night when the main Island Hall opens for a big Fish and Chip supper for islanders and visitors to enjoy.
Then after a week of rest and relaxation, we headed home via Guernsey. Stopping off for a spot of lunch before catching our flight back to Southampton Airport. It was a lot of travelling, but we both drive so it helps with long journeys.
Now we are all home as we have just picked up Ginger and the dogs from the local kennels, where they have holidayed for the last ten days. They all smell very 'doggy' ... yuk!!
The house is in chaos with wet washing everywhere, our heating system needs water letting into it and the guys that have erected the scaffolding around the house in our absence have rather inconsiderately put one of the scaffolding uprights right in front of the boiler door ... so we can't open it to re-charge the system. The hot water will run out soon as that is also losing heat, so it's home to all the usual problems. The building work on the exterior of the house starts anytime now so it's back to the peace and quiet of Van Life for me.
I supervised the last lot of building work while Alan worked away, so this time it's my turn to escape the mess and chaos ... phew. :-)