It’s been a long day!
We set out from the smallest cabin imaginable at the camping ground at Licques a bit before 9am and arrived in Wisques at 4.30pm quite weary. Our friend Mr Rain found us around 4pm so we were wet on arrival which seems par for the course most days.
We passed by some lovely rural spring gardens in the morning. Not quite Floriade but in the running for an Open Garden display.
We’ve met our share of excitable guard dogs too – this one was keen to let their owner know we were looking at their spring display. Thankfully all the dogs have been behind Fences and have left us alone.
This roadside crucifix became rusted a taking on the golden and brown rural colours which gave it a wonderful patina.
Lunch was just French bread we’d bought at the camping ground this morning. It tasted amazingly good with nothing on it at all and that was great as we had nothing to put on it! Until late this afternoon we’ve not found one shop that was open to buy food at!
We found this bus shelter was a good place to sit and eat some of our our French bread.
The inside of a roadside chapel we visited on today’s walk.
We were so grateful to see a sign to the Benedictine Abbaye Notre-Dame here in Wisques. The next challenge was to find out where Pilgrims are two go within their vast grounds. Unfortunately no one was around at 4.30pm – everyone was at Vespers in the Eglise within the monastery.
Eventually we found this building where the nuns accommodate Pilgrims (and others) in. Its a charming old building where we were warmly welcomed with a cup of tea while we waited for Sister Lucy to return and show us to our room.
While waiting for Sister Lucy Peter probably would have preferred something in this wine glass to fortify him after another gruelling day out walking. But black tea was the only sustenance offered him.
Sister Lucy returned and with her little English and our little French we were able to have a simple conversation. Here she is trying to find us some accommodation at the infirmary in a boys boarding school. Only trouble is meals aren’t available when school is on holidays. Guess what- it’s school holidays this week! But hopefully we’ll find a meal some how!
We’ll be dining in all our pilgrim gear at the Abbaye tonight. Two other Danish Pilgrims will join us at table tonight. We met them last night at the camping ground – where they pitched a tent.
Dinner tonight in the Abbaye’s dining room was shared with Sr. Lucy, 2 Danish pilgrims en route to Rome and university students taking time out to prepare for final examinations. We also had 2 other Nuns join us for a large evening meal starting with soup, then pasta with sausage, cheeses and all this was finished with a light desert.
Not sure we walked all those calories off today!!!