Sometimes, during the summer months on NZ we find we get really itchy bites which are caused by a very tiny black insect like a small sandfly. In France they call them flees. They have been about for the last 8 weeks & are most annoying as they spit a juice (that is what causes the itch) which stains the paintwork on Boats & is most difficult to remove. We tried all sorts of cleaners & with lots of rubbing made some impression. Recently we were told about a chlorine based liquid which is diluted, applied & left fror 5 minutes, then rinsed off & voila! , we have a nice clean boat.
One day we stopped at an extremely interesting museum which was owned by an elderly couple & housed their collection of minerals, fossils, coral, sand & shells, which they had gathered during their travels around the world.
They explained about the development of the earth & how all the different coloured minerals etc were formed. It was so informative.
We went as far as Meilhan on the Canal lateral de Garonne, about 70km from Bordeaux, then turned back & are making our way towards our winter mooring. The weather is a little cooler now.
|Barry eating his favourite cake from the pattisierre. - A Paris Brest|