You know what, I can't change now. Maybe if Marius puts me onto a more user-friendly and fancier blog, one with headings and indexes and all that, well, maybe, I'll make more of an effort. But for now, I'm just amazed when I finish an entry without it crashing or my losing it totally with how slow the process is!! For example, after a warning triangle just to the bottom left it always says, Error on page. So why carry on?
So, what happened to us before and after we lost Burdock. There are a lot of pictures here, but that's what I do. They should be in chronological order, starting with 28th June, the 'carrieres' or quarries (underground tunnels in chalk to you and me) in Arras. These are amazing, where 200,000 allied troops were housed for over a week just prior to 'popping up' and generally being popped by the Germans. They lived in relative luxury, loos, beds, mess, then one day, they queue up to go up a staircase, for goodness sake, it says on one of them "No Exit", it's a Brit joke, the No is against the staircase number, but the meaning is clear. Wow. The picture is of the rail wagons they pushed around by hand to join the various quarries together and make the 15 km of man-made (well strictly speaking New Zealander tunnelers!) tunnels.
Quite a ruin I'm sure you'll agree. Standing oddly in the midst of a pretty, small village. I liked it.
Then there was a thing I was sure was a space museum, as this was clearly a largish model of the space shuttle, and then we chased it and found:
Then a windmill in Achicourt, in the middle of a public playground, which turned out to be fully restored and working, as the volunteer enthusiasts explained in great detail and length - we now know enough about it to write a book! I even have a bag of their finest breadmaking flour.
Nik went out in the canoe next day, took some pix of the weed from upstream in the water, and on the boat
So we made it to Cambrai in just two hops. It would have been one if Bollinger hadn't decided to go walk-about for 3 hours at our lunch spot on the canal from Arras! So lots of pictures of Cambrai, which we really like too. We stayed there from Friday 19th July and left Sunday 28th July. First our mooring
That takes us to the nights of 31st July and 1st August. Too much already, so the rest of August to date will be the next episode. Lots to tell! It's midnight. This kind of organised chaos takes ages to prepare you know!