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De retour

Juste un mot pour dire que les vraies vacances sont terminées et nous sommes de retour de Puyravault. On a passé trois semaines à la maison en Charente-Maritime, y compris trois jours avec nos amis Douglas et Isabelle (avec leur fils Thomas - un copain de Joel) et quatre jours avec mon ami d'école Jonathan et ses deux filles Naima et Yasmina.

On a eu du beau temps presque tous les jours et il a fait plus chaud que d'habitude dans l'ouest de la France, comme dans la plupart des régions. On en a profité pour aller à la plage sur l'Ile d'Oléron et sur la côte sauvage près de La Palmyre. Elspeth et Joel aiment bien faire du body-board, moi moins! Autrement on s'est amusés à faire de la barque dans les marais, on a visité La Rochelle plusieurs fois et on a fait des marchés de nuit. Celui de Surgères (le marché d'Hélène) est le plus animé. Ah, et on est retournés à St Palais sur Mer pour assister au festival de rock progressif Crescendo - le seul festival de rock progressif gratuit du monde!

On a découvert également St Jean d'Angely avec ses petites ruelles agréables et son abbaye.

Et, chose remarquable, Elspeth et mois avons fait un peu de footing presque tous les matins! Malheureusement, mon ventre reste très visible.

C'est le seul moment de l'année où j'arrive à lire un peu sérieusement. Eh bien, cet été j'ai lu D-Day: The Battle for Normandy de l'historien Antony Beevor, deux romans plutôt déprimants (mais bien) de Richard Yates. Ayant lu Revolutionary Road, il faut que je regarde le film du même nom. Le livre que j'ai apprécié le plus, c'est One Day de David Nicholls:

Sur DVD nous avons revu pas mal d'épisodes du West Wing et quelques Seinfeld.

Je n'ai pas encore vu les résultats des examens. J'aurai certainement quelque chose à dire là-dessus la semaine prochaine.


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