Back where it all began!
Trip Start Nov 27, 2009
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Everyone here (Peter, Julie, 2 doggies, 10 pusses, sheep, goats, geese, ducks, chickens) survived the snow, and the sheep and one goat are pregnant. Two lambs already born! Very very cute.
We've all been preparing land for this year's crop, sowing seeds of all varieties, weeding. We've also drunk a lot of beer, hung out in the woods, celebrated Beltane round a fire all night, and generally had a magnificent time of it! It is so nice to be here again.
When the sun was too hot, we escaped to the woods and camped out for a couple of nights
We also went for a midnight walk one night when the moon was full, taking the two dogs and seven of the cats with us (the cats insist on following, only to start protesting loudly when they get tired!). Eventually, cats mewling from various points along the trail, Peter and fellow helpxer Marie started to walk back along the way we had come to try and gather the stragglers together. Me, Alex and Julie carried on back to the house with only three cats in tow. How many of the seven cats made it home that night? Six
Fete de Luma at Cluis was all about snails: racing, parading, eating etc. The carnival was led by a ten foot high snail, a small boy astride it's shell. Drumming bands, marching bands, dancing ladies, Homer Simpson and Zoro on floats all trouped past the crowds. Alex tried a snail pasty which she thought tasted like mussels, in a creamy garlic & parsley sauce all wrapped up in pastry. I tried a regional pasty that appeared to have no filling! With the help of Marie's translation, I mentioned the mistake to the vendor who explained that the filling was in the pastry itself rather than in the pasty. Oooops. The fete was a very busy event with market stalls and some fairground rides. Meeting up with some friends of Peter and Julie, Rayne and Joe, we were treated to some delicious giant waffles covered with nutella or icing sugar, and then we filled any tummy room left with a coffee in a local pub. A lovely afternoon.
We have no photos of the Beltane fire that was lit in the garden for Beltane night, probably for the best considering the excessive nudity, the drugs and the sacrificial rites that took place (joke!)
Thank you, everyone and everything at La Forge, for another wonderful visit. I'm afraid you'll be seeing us again soon!
We leave Peter and Julie's on 4th May, for a slightly mad dash back to Calais and a ferry to Dover that night. Then we'll be in the UK for a few months, getting the MOT done on the van, perhaps doing some sightseeing, and catching up with friends and family!