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Summer in the Mountains

September 1st, 2014 | Posted by Ruby in France | Holidays | Summer - (0 Comments)

Hiking in Chamonix

Summer in the Alps

Summer in the Alps

 

 

This summer, by way of a change, instead of heading to the beaches we spent a few days in the mountains hiking.  Although the weather was mostly miserable, unfortunately, we did enjoy an abundance of crisp fresh air, fabulous food and way too much healthy exercise.

Summer in the Alps

Summer in the Alps

Lily and Luca’s Wedding

August 27th, 2013 | Posted by Ruby in Parties - (Comments Off)

Lily and Luca’s Wedding

Last week Rylie delivered a wedding invitation to me.  Being the mother of a daughter with a vivid imagination I was not surprised when I was informed that Lily (Rylie’s soft toy sheep) and Luca (Rylie’s Ouma’s soft toy sheep) were getting married. Trish (Ouma) advised us that planning for this wedding had been in progress for some time and we were expected participate fully in this afternoon wedding ceremony – including a smart dress code. Cheriece was asked to make the wedding cake, I was asked to take the photos and arrange the music and Trish would conduct the ceremony.

Needless to say we all thoroughly enjoyed the service, the cake and especially the Prosecco – since we’d been on a detox for a few days this was the ideal opportunity to break with our alcohol-free detox and get into the swing of things.

The bride and groom

The bride and groom

The bride and groom

The reception

Light-hearted fun and an excuse to dress-up

Light-hearted fun and an excuse to dress-up

 

A night in Macon

February 12th, 2013 | Posted by Ruby in Favourite Places | France | Holidays | Wine - (Comments Off)

Having had an excruciating trip from Paris to the Alps – heavy traffic, rain and then snow – we decided we’d do the return journey in two parts stopping on the outskirts of Macon.  We stayed at the delightful Hostellerie La Sarrasine in Replonges  a traditional Bourgogne structure with great fireplaces, roaring fires and typical Bourgogne dinner fare – L’escargot drenched in garlic butter followed by a most succulent Poulet-Bresse – perfect.

On the front lawn, taking centre stage they had fenced a gazebo and moved their two sheep in for the winter.

 

Macon

The next morning we were up early.  You can’t go to Bourgogne and not bring some wine home – well I can’t.  So we meandered through the Macon and Beaujolais countryside doing a bit of wine tasting in the area and collected a few of cases of wine for the cellar back home in Paris.  Well generally they don’t stay in the cellar very long but it’s a good temperature with suitable storage.

 

Macon 2