Note: Since this draft post has remained in my drafts (using Drafts!) for six months now I guess a regular holiday journal is a bit beyond my blogging abilities! Oh well. Perhaps this year.
Earlier this (now last!) year I did a holiday journal. In a self deprecating offhand comment I said it was a one off. So here we are on the last day of the summer holiday and I remember to write my journal. Ah! I did not think I’d be so bad bad (even worse – see note above!)
Anyway here’s a few highlights. All written retrospectively. If I forget to do another daily blog for our next holiday then I will abandon the idea as unworkable. I’ve never been one for routine tasks. Even at 55 years old I still struggle to remember to brush my teeth daily).
Arrival at the campsite.
First proper day of holidays whilst finishing the tent setup. But we did have lunch on the beach!
Also the day I discover that a new camera I recently added to my home built CCTV system (using [Motion](https://motion-project.github.io/)l) is generating a LOT of images/video. About 3TB in one day. Normally not a problem as a script will remove them at the end of each day. However, at some point I’d used “11” to the “mtime” variable to “find”…! So it was keeping 11 days of temporary files. Having to edit a script on a iPhone using VIM is not that attractive. Even with Tmux.
The Camera is a Reolink 4K IP PoE Camera Outdoor CCTV RLC-810A
This day was also a festival with fireworks. Pretty cool to watch a fireworks display whilst sat on the beach. The fireworks had a large “fall zone” and I guess had been set to explode lower as I did not have to strain my neck watching them!
Pool and beach day with a stroll into town for dinner.
Err. see the previous day for the exact same activities….!
A beach day, but this time we rented bikes and cycled along the coast to a lovely beach bar.
Quite amazingly spotted a fresh pizza vending machine!
Another cycle along the coast for a fresh local beer. Lovely.
Beach # Monday
Getting boring now (which is the point of a relaxing holiday, but not necessarily an interesting blog post).
A trip across the bay to Ile de Ré on a RIB. Outwards we were drenched. The overnight storm had not properly calmed down and the waves were big. I guess ripples are big at 40kph in a boat.
On the way back it was like a mirror.
I had a grapefruit ice cream at the famous ice cream shop in the harbour.
A day of relaxing prior to leaving the next morning.
Drive to near Nante to stay at the brother in law’s for two nights.
Drive across France to Douai to stay with the parents in law
Drive back home via the Tunnel. Journey quite good and uneventful although quite a bit of Brexit swearing whilst waiting for passport control (fuck brexit).