After the first part of our drive this morning on motorway (tolls €9.30) the rest of our drive was very pleasant; through pretty rural countryside with lovely old farmhouses and lots of charolais cattle. We stopped in St-Pourcain-sur Sioule for fresh bread and brie for lunch and then continued on our way to Hérisson where we found Camp Municipal de l’Aumance (N 46° 30' 37.98" E 2° 42' 20.76"). This is a riverside position in an idyllic setting, with large level grassy pitches and good toilet and shower facilities, for only €7.64 a night! After setting up and a cool drink we took a walk along the riverbank and into the village, watched the locals playing boules and bought a couple of cornets glaces (icecreams). We decided to stay another day/night and not go to Orleans on our way to catch the ferry from Le Havre to Portsmouth – booked for Thursday.
On Saturday we made use of the modern washing machine for €3.50, hung our wash out in the sunshine and took a ramble up past the church and around the outskirts of the village, picking lovely sweet blackberries as we walked. We headed down past the Old Chateau and took a look at these 11th century ruins. On the way back to camp we stopped for a while at the village bar, drinking our Sauvignon Blanc and lager outside on the corner watching the village life pass by. We bought fresh bread from the Boulangerie and back at camp we sat and ate it with delicious frommages, and later we went down to the river to feed the family of ducks. What luck to find this delightful village! Just what we imagine when we think of rural French life.