Between a rock…

..and another rock.

That’s where we were the weekend before school started – a little stone village in a narrowing part of a valley where the rock faced mountains almost meet right next to the 400 year old settlement. The name is Entrepierres – literally ‘between the rocks’ – and it really is.




eating dinner in these surroundings as they kids swim…not too shabby at all

We spent a long weekend with our good friends the Ball family right before school started. It was a fantastic few days of relaxing, swimming, hiking and just spending time together.

The kids had a great time playing – and they swam on days that seemed quite  windy, cool  and cloudy to the adults – but they didn’t seem to care.  They were seven kids, with a pool,   in a beautiful place, and they didn’t seem to notice &/or care when their lips turned blue.

It was a really great way to end the summer and get ready for school (which started the morning after we got home)

Tri-omino champs going head to head

In some ways it seems unreal that these friends  – and others we have met here – we have only known for two years.  When we drive we never seem to have our own kids with us – just some combination – and we hope that the other car has the remaining collection of offspring.

Crepes for 8 hungry kids

The funny thing about having our two families together is not just that there are eight kids in total – but that it seems like there’s not really that many of  them.  The kids are all pretty close in age – and they all play so well together that we often notice that in some ways it easier to have all eight than just our four.


Just the eight of them