16.06.19 - Made Chicken Biryani last night, with enough for tonight too! FaceTimed my Mum - her and technology are not a good mix! Hope you had a lovely time in Jersey today - finally!
Watched another episode of Killing Eve. Only one more to go, decided we’d leave it for another day, as it was getting late.
I read that some people are complaining about the ability to download the whole series, as this leads to binge watching. I sort of agree, but on the fence really, sometimes I forget from one week to the next what happened previously - which perhaps detracts from enjoyment as you have to think back before getting into it!
Week 8, run 3 - done ✅. If I’m honest, all yesterday I was dreading running today as I knew we were on a hilltop town, so would be hilly. I wish I could take some of my own advice - don’t worry about something until it happens, be in the moment - and all relevant cliches! As it was, we both found it ok (despite Tintin’s copious amount of Rosè wine last night!). One road was a bit hilly, but then we found a long shaded avenue, and it was lovely to get out of the sun!
It was only 8am on a Sunday, and just off the avenue of trees there was some kind of motorcycle meeting going on, with loud talking over the loudspeakers, and quite a few people about...
Spoken with both our children today, FaceTiming to wish Tintin a happy Father’s Day. To be honest, it had escaped our notice! First chatted with Sarah, she has a few blisters from yesterday, but enjoyed the ball last night...
Another slow start to the day. Serviced Dave, and then I drove to the Fontenay Abbey, which took about 40 minutes. Entrance fee was €20 for both of us. The abbey was founded by Saint Bernard in 1118, and restored to its medieval glory a century ago. You take a look around at where the Cistercian monks lived their live of contemplation, prayer and manual labour. Set in a wooded valley, it includes an unadorned Romanesque church, a barrel-vaulted monks’ dormitory, landscapes gardens and Europe’s first metallurgical factory, with a water driven forge from 1220. The abbey was wealthy from the 12th to 15th century with a community of over 200 monks. It went into decline in the 16th century as the commendam system was introduced, the abbots were no longer elected by monks, but appointed by the King. The abbey is now owned privately by the Aynard family and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site.