After a very hot day we cooled off in St Martin, a beautiful town halfway down the island before enjoying an aperitif in La Flotte sitting by the port.
Having managed to climb down the stepladder from the mezzanine bed, we set off to explore the nearby island of Ile de Re.
After the tranquility of the chateau and the picnic among sunflowers, La Rochelle took us by surprise.
We had a fantastic drive from Durtal to La Rochelle as we meandered along the back roads enjoying stunning fields of sunflowers.
Following on from her adventures in Margate, Agnes has had a sore toe.
It started as a small lump of fur (or a burr) stuck between her pads and then after a couple of days of well-intentioned licking, it developed into a very sore and swollen toe which wasn’t healing despite salt baths, antibiotic cream and anti-inflammatories from the vet.
With the threat of an estimated £300 vet bill for exploratory surgery, it seemed it was time for the cone of shame in order to let things heal. Poor Agnes, at least she looks good in blue!
|The Cone of Shame|
The toe is healing nicely now that she’s stopped licking it so it looks as though we’ll be able to set off on our adventure bright and early on Saturday morning.
Saturday and we took delivery of a couple of massive pots in order to finish off our optimistic Mediterranean garden (also known as the Prison Yard).
Just as we set off from Margate, things took a turn for the worse as the Little Dog Agnes decided to be sick in the back of the car.
During the next couple of hours Agnes was sick repeatedly and we started to be very concerned. She was lethargic and seemed to be fading fast. We needed to get her home.
Luckily we made it home before things got too bad and Agnes was soon lying down covered in a blanket. She had a drink of water and finally had stopped being sick. It might have been the heat, something she ate or perhaps it was spending a stressful night with a cat. Either way she had been very ill.
By the next morning Agnes was feeling a lot better and was almost back to her happy self and by Tuesday the Little Dog was back on top form and eating properly again.
Hurray, that hadn’t been much fun for anyone!