Café Crem

Art, Music and Words around The Coffee Table

Over the Hills and Far Away -2-

After spending a few wonderful days in Tarbes we turned westwards and headed at a leisurely pace towards Peyrehorade, which was to be our overnight stop on the way to Biarritz. Before we got there though, we stopped for lunch along the way at another little village whose name escapes me. We put ‘Dino’ out to graze – a new mug Miki had bought on our bike ride out to Ibos.

Today, I shall mostly be eating Daisys..........

Peyrehorade, or Gatorade as I preferred to call it, was a nice little town on the banks of a river, with a great tree lined area for motorhomes. Upon scouting the area, I noticed a covered electrical outlet attached to the trunk of one of the trees, about 12 feet off the ground. It’s always fun to play the game of “let’s get some free electricity”, so after a period of to-ing and fro-ing with the Boomobile, we were positioned directly under the tree. I still struggled to reach the socket, and then remembered we had a small ladder that we used to get up to the bedroom. Success!!  Balanced precariously upon it, with Miki holding on for dear life at the bottom, I triumphantly thrust the plug into the socket after deftly lifting the cover.

Tree-mendous parking

Handy power supply….installed by giraffe

Scrambling to the ground and running into the Boomobile to look at the panel, I hoped to see a nice green light informing me that we were juiced up. Nothing. Abject failure. It’s the hope that kills you….

Down by the Riverside

Electrical shortcomings notwithstanding, we spent a nice afternoon and evening there, Miki sketching outside, and me, be-headphoned, at one with the rock and deep inside a Dean Koontz novel. Bliss

Nothing like a good book


The Artist at work -it's tough down at the Office....

Kev Moore


May 8, 2010 - Posted by | Art, drawing, fun, life, painting, personal, photography, travel, writing | , , , ,


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  2. Dino (and you too, also) is cute! Don’t mind the abject failure… The important thing is you are out there in warm weather and sun, doing your thing…(By the way, when do we get to see Miki’s sketches?) Here in Qc, 2 degrees Celsius and rain… Spring, eh?

    Comment by ivdanu | May 9, 2010

  3. I think she’s planning to run a series of sketches from the trip Danu, not sure if here or on her own blog. Spring sounds chilly!!

    Comment by kevmoore | May 9, 2010

  4. Hi Danu!
    I spent a lot of time sketching while we were away, not as much as I would have loved though, as the weather became quite bad… and I will indeed publish some of them in my blog, and all of them in my usual website, which is (in the gallery “France Travel sketches”…

    Nice post, Kevin! And: it is soooooo much fun to travel and to live with you!!! 🙂

    Comment by Miki | May 9, 2010

  5. […] Our aim for that night was Vieux-Boucau, by the coast, in the Landes. No special reason why that place in particular, I had never been there before, it just seemed strategically well-placed and to have a good place to park the Boomobile, providing electricity. But on the way to that town, we drove through a little town called “Peyrehorade”, it looked wonderful in the late afternoon light by the river, and we decided to spend the night there. If you want to read about our electrifying adventures there and see some photos, read Kevin’s report in Cafe Crem. […]

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  6. I love the Dino the coffee cup! I think he should get more close-ups. ^J^

    Comment by sittingpugs | May 18, 2010

  7. Et toi aussi, Miki! 🙂

    Pugs – Dino and I vie for the attention of the camera lens, and he’ll have to work hard to get more close-ups. I’ve threatened him with extinction if he keeps trying to hog the shots!

    Comment by kevmoore | May 18, 2010

  8. That dino cup is absolutely adorable! You look good too, Kev, but you’re just not “dino-cute.” Aren’t there more pics of Miki?

    Comment by shelleymhouse | May 20, 2010

  9. That’s right Shelley,I’m not as cute as a dinosaur,just as old as one! 🙂

    I’ve taken quite a few pics of Miki, and will try and post some, but she’s more camera shy than me!

    Comment by kevmoore | May 20, 2010

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