Fréjus, France

Fréjus, France
Aqueduc Romain

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Happenings in the south of France

In two words: "not much." But it's time for a post, so here goes...

While the weather is pas mal, it's rarely très bon either. Everyone keeps saying this has been the worst winter they can remember. Figures. Though the weather, even in this "terrible" winter, was probably better than it would have been in Ashland. I do know the wet cool weather made for great skiing in the Alps, whereas at home, Mt. Ashland suffered from not having enough snow. In any case, it has kept us out of the Mediterranean, but hasn't stopped the bike rides, the sailing lessons, the markets, or yet another trip to Bon Pin.

Sunday, we went up to the Bruzzone's chalet for the third time, this time under the impression that we would be working, perhaps helping them get ready for the summer season. Instead, we all sat outside on the patio enjoying a fine spring, typically French lunch of meats, breads, cheeses (melted-in-the-fire camembert is The Bomb!), tartes, wine, and even some guacemole and tortilla chips, all followed up later by fresh strawberries and chantilly (homemade by Nathalie).
I think the only work that got accomplished was Laurent cleaning all the leaves off the pool cover, but they didn't seem to care.

In the meantime, it feels like everyone is preparing for the two-week Easter vacation that begins a week from Friday. This is the last school vacance of the year and we are going to Paris then the Loire Valley to tour some of the famous chateaux. Lisa's mom, Brenda, and her friend Terri, arrive next Weds. and they are going on this last adventure with us, before setting off on their own trip to Italy. They will then return here to celebrate Irie's birthday before heading back to the States. Proof of our dwindling time is that we are in the planning stages of how to do it. Maggie is flying home with Brenda, then my dad will drive Maggie out to Oregon in July when he delivers the grandparents van to us...a very thoughtful cadeau since we sold our van before we left. We, especially Irie, will miss Maggie, but this makes the most sense.

Irie has also continued asking friends over for lunch. The latest was a bold new step for her as she asked a boy, Abel (pronounced "a bell"), and he was a lot of fun and very polite. She is going to their place for lunch next week. That's all for now.

1 comment:

Norm said...

Glad you have made arrangements for Maggie. She will be fine with your dad. We are back in Mich. and trying to get settled back into the house. give us a skype sometime.

Norm & Carol