The last week has been spent gardening (when the weather has been OK) and catching up on marking and lesson preparation (in the rain).
Yesterday we needed a break, so after a morning in the garden we headed off to the Maison du Parc. Since it was bitterly cold we took a very brisk walk past the Chateau du Bouchet to the Etang de la Mer Rouge.
How many herons can you spot in this photograph?
Back at the Maison du Parc we headed into the café for some crepes – raspberry with caramelised sugar for me and chocolate, pear and almond for Tim. We had intended to share half of each although I found Tim’s far too sweet and stuck to mine.
Photographs? No, we were hungry!
We then headed off to Chatillion to the Brico to buy a merlin. When we last bought our firewood we bought 50cm logs. As only some of them fit into the wood-burner we (read Tim) needed to cut and split others. Tim tells me we’ve got a good one, and at 56 Euros I certainly hope so! He wondered whether you’d all like to see a photograph, but my guess is that only the male of the species might – or am I resorting to stereotypes?
Finally we ended up in Le Breuil aux Gittons for a delicious supper with our friends John and Maureen. We were to be special guests at the launch of their new and beautifully decorated upstairs terrace room. John broke out the pink champagne but we refrained from smashing the bottle against the wall. The room contains a wonderful surprise, but for now, and breaking the habit of a lifetime, I'm saying nothing. But, I can guarantee that if you get to see it you'll enjoy the surprise...