Blackberry hunting

For today’s outing we walked down the mountain a ways to pick blackberries in front of a friends house. We took our 3 kids plus the Simoni’s 3 kids for a hike to get there. We picked enough for a large blackberry crisp for desert -and have about half left. On the way the kids also picked (& ate) plums and grapes. We found the nice trail to hike on the way back – but ended up hiking up higher than their house – and had to backtrack back down. The kids were all pretty tired by the time we got home. Just enough energy for biking up and down the steep driveway (only one major crash) and jumping on the trampoline.

For today’s outing we walked down the mountain a ways to pick blackberries in front of a friends house. We took our 3 kids plus the Simoni’s 3 kids for a hike to get there. We picked enough for a large blackberry crisp for desert -and have about half left.  On the way the kids also picked (& ate) plums and grapes.  We found the nice trail to hike on the way back – but ended up hiking up higher than their house – and had to backtrack back down. The kids were all pretty tired by the time we got home. Just enough energy for biking up and down the steep driveway (only one major crash) and jumping on the trampoline.

Our first few days

Here are some more shots of our first few days in France. We are having a great time staying at the Simoni Chateau. They have bunnies, a trampoline, a zip-line, a huge yard, and a farm next door. Yesterday we went down to the park in Uriage where there was a live jazz concert going on. The kids are having a great time…while we are busy trying to find an apartment, car, open bank accounts and many more fun things!

Here are some more shots of our first few days in France.  We are having a great time staying at the Simoni Chateau.  They have bunnies, a trampoline, a zip-line, a huge yard, and a farm next door.  Yesterday we went down to the park in Uriage where there was a live jazz concert going on.  The kids are having a great time…while we are busy trying to find an apartment, car, open bank accounts and many more fun things!

Yesterday Mary Ellen took me to a local farm where she usually goes once a week to buy her produce.  It was a vegetarian’s dream!  For only 10 euro I bought a huge crate filled with assorted veggies.  Fresh garden-grown eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, several heads of lettuce, topped with tonnes of basil.  

I also had my first trip to the grocery store.  Oh how I have missed the yogurt and cheese!!  I saw bottles of wine for 79cents….about $1.10 CDN….and Matea got to see her first skinned rabbit.  I picked out my favourite chevre cheese for a treat, and I bought George ‘petite swiss’….a very thick cream type thing that you dump out onto a plate and sprinkle with sugar.  yum!