Day 77 Thursday 17 August 2017
A very wet morning. I blogged and read about WW1 whilst Malcolm planned our passage to Dunkirk, Ostend and Roompotsluis, dodging the shipping lanes to Antwerp and the sandbanks. He also refuelled the boat and washed it down in the rain.
About 4 pm it stops raining and we go to La Poste to buy stamps for birthday cards and to the big Carrefour for supplies. On the way back to the boat, I go to the Boulangerie for cakes for pudding: only one Religeuse au café! I have to have a Tarte aux myrtilles (bilberries) instead. Make a double ration of Spaghetti Bolognaise sauce for our prolonged stay in Boulogne. Strong winds are forecast – 6s and 7s – until Sunday.
Investigate the train times from Boulogne down to Etaples, near Le Touquet Paris Plage for tomorrow. This is where Vera Brittain served as a VAD nurse during WW1. Must read ‘Testament of Youth’ again.