We have been trying to meet up with friends, whom we haven’t seen in ages (due to Covid), this year. Unfortunately we couldn’t quite manage to see Sue and David Thurston who were in Auxerre. But I was determined to meet up with Henk and Bernadette whom we hadn’t seen for something like six years! Long term readers of my blogs will know that I first met Henk and Bernadette on the Nivernais with their neighbours Tony and Annie. I was on Misty Morning with Nadine and they were on a hire boat. Henk came to our assistance – and as Annie said that chance meeting has resulted in a lovely, lovely friendship! Henk and Bernadette came to join my 60th birthday celebration in Paris; they joined me on Misty Morning several times; Bernadette has visited me in the Uk and I have visited her in Aus. Great friends and lots of friends in common too – Elizabeth and David Wrigglesworth in particular! Lovely memories of us all at Cascarot – which Elizabeth has now sold (end of an era) and she and David have moved to Aus.
We were also planning to rendezvous with Chris and Helen (Vrouwe Olive). I twigged that the boats would not be far from each other on Thursday (15th) evening – so we timed things so we could see them both. Then Chris further twigged that if the Bernadette went an extra few kms ……. they could moor just in front of Vrouwe Olive on the Scarpe at Corbehem. So that is what happened and a lovely evening ensued!
Chris, Helen, Henk and Bernadette had never met before but that was no problem. Henk fired up the barbie, in true Aus tradition, and between the 2 boats we shared a meal on Vrouwe Olive – complete with Champers and Cremant de Bourgogne.
Friday morning Henk excelled himself yet again by continuing his Sunday morning pancake tradition! (OK so it wasn’t Sunday but no one held that against him!) I so remember him doing this for Bernadette & myself on Misty Morning whilst sporting my Australian pinny!
Really sorry to see them go – a short but very very sweet meet up. xxx