There is nothing quite like a rest day on the Pilgrimage. It’s a chance for the body to recover and repair itself and for washing clothes and general reorganisation. We are so lucky to be staying in the beautiful home of Claude and Marie whom we first met last year on the Via Podiensis and we have been walking together since Canterbury. They live on a small farm with 7 geese, 7 hens, a cat and 2 horses. And lots of vegetables.
I love the farm life but I would be a total disaster if I had to live on a farm. Apart from not knowing what to do with animals there is the challenge of peculiar machinery and water management. There is a deep river at the bottom of the paddock and recently one of the horses fell into it. I don’t know what I would have done but somehow Claude saved the animal. His glasses are still on the river bed.
We have been treated like pilgrims. The best Burgundy wines, the finest foods from the farm, the best French cheese and bread and NOK cream for my feet to prevent blisters. A big metci beaucoup to Claude & Marie for walking with us and for the generous hospitality and the care for my broken feet which are now on the road to recovery. I think we are fit for the march over the next few days to Arras.