11.04.2014 23 °C
So many things happened today, where to start?... Perhaps point form with details skipped is best... and shortest
Got so many chances to use my French today. The cogs turned slowly my friends, but words did come out... Eventually.
It was a wee bit stressful remembering conversational french on the fly, but I DID IT! (Mostly)
- Met Jeanine, a lovely elderly woman on my walk this morning who invited me into her garden for a visit and lesson on Olive & Orange Trees
- Visited neighbors who invited us in to view their terrace overlooking the canal, and to try some local wine they thought we might like.
(She, Christiane, keeps trying to convince me the last few days to buy a place out here... tempting, very tempting)
- Visited the local Boulangerie (Bakery) to buy bread and a sampling of some local treats (thumbs up all the way)
- Went grocery shopping at the local Casino, a veritable windfall of affordable goods.
- Chatted with another Monique visiting Pepieux from Toulouse. She didn't speak a word of English, but we managed to chat awhile.
- Spent another long spell with coffee in hand on the porch, chatting to the Expats while making a few plans to go hiking and trying some local specialty baked goods that come from a village nearby. Can't wait! The promise of sweeping vistas and good french food... sold!
Walked 5K down a windy french road to have a wine tasting at a local Wine Cave. What a seriously cool place. The old woman running the place thought we were hilarious. Me with my broken French, still being the translator for B. We had a great time. It was as rustic as it gets. A Peacock, some chickens and broken down/ over grown everything. Of course the wine we liked was $50 a bottle. We settled for what the other Canadians were drinking. Much cheaper, and still very good!
- I also caught some quality time with a pretty new grey blazed foal along our way back. After being vetted by her parents, she wobbled over and let me pet her for a while. Could this day get any more fabulous?
Here are a couple pics. One of our gite. My room is the one right above the door, and the other is the pass through to the canal & pathway a few steps from our front door! This may not be on the list of "les beaux villages du France" (the beautiful villages of France) But I love it here.