We Captured a Frenchman!

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We had returned to the pickle-making when we heard horses again. The little ‘caravan’ we had seen before was returning. This time Margie was quicker off the mark and asked if he would like water for the horses. He said he would and asked if we knew ‘les deux Anglaises jeunes avec les chevaux’; well, this was obviously us but it was funny to be referred to as young – nice though. He had been told we had horses and might be able to help him out overnight with grazing and somewhere to pitch his tent.

Baptiste was trekking from Barcelona to Brittany with Prima and Leon (the Apaloosa). This huge undertaking is a journey that would take two to three months. Each night he stops somewhere where he can rest the horses, usually a friendly local will offer a field but sometimes he has to improvise. Margie showed him the south field, this did not have Caudi and Sunny resident as they were up the road in our friend’s field allowing our field to rest. She filled up the water buckets and then went to chat to him while he unsaddled and sorted the horses out. Having been travelling for three weeks Baptiste was really pleased when we offered him a shower and supper. We had a quiet discussion about offering him a bed for the night, he had been in a tent and would probably appreciate a proper mattress. We had never met him before but he was obviously a very nice chap and the horses liked him so we decided that he was ‘safe’. His eyes lit up at the thought of a real bed.

Over supper we chatted and discovered that he was a chiropractor, both for humans and horses. he is French but lives in Barcelona and this journey is a small sabbatical finishing at his sister’s home where we will leave Leon the Apaloosa for his nephew. Prima will travel back to Barcelona with him. It was a beautiful evening and we feel we have made a good friend that we will definitely see again. The next day Margie and Caudi accompanied the trio as they continued on their way. Caudi was very pleased to have company and sorry to have to leave them. For the next few days Caudi was very keen to go out and come by the house, but then disappointed that his new friends were not there.

We wish Baptiste good luck for the remainder of his journey and hope to hear about his adventures soon.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”custom” accent_color=”#deead0″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Perhaps you would like to know…
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