Straight from the Udder

Trip Start Oct 26, 2006
Trip End Aug 2007

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Thursday, March 1, 2007

(Before reading blog, download and listen to Stimmhorn - our latest favorite music group from Switzerland who we saw live recently. Attached is our favorite: "Triohatala".)

The past couple of weeks have brought us a couple of true La Grave storms, fresh milk, fresh bread, as well as a visit from Papa Davis and Lorraine - our first visitors!
About 2 weeks ago we got the 2nd of true La Grave storms that enable us to do nothing but stay inside. These storms involve horizontal snow that accumulates quickly and makes for nonexistent visibility. These storms are greatly welcomed, not only because of the great skiing it brings, but it also gives me a good excuse to stay inside and practice my new hobby - bread making! As part of our simplified lifestyle, I have taken great pleasure in having the time to truly enjoy the kneading of the bread, seeing it rise, then watching as it turns brown in the oven. Seth has taken great pleasure in the eating part of it. I love seeing his eyes light up when I tell him that I'm going to make bread to go with dinner. About 3 weeks ago Colin gave me a huge bag of whole wheat organic flour that he wasn't using, and it's just about gone now!
We've also had the opportunity to help Mathieu and Charlotte with milking one of the local farmers' cows. Don't miss photos of Seth milking "Noisette" in his ski boots, on a special stool that is belted around the waist. After my comment of waiting to see Seth fall over in the mud, Mathieu said "That's not mud". Ha, yes, definitely not mud. After that they gave us a cantine of fresh milk, as well as some of Charlotte's fresh cheese that she made with it. Yummy!! Milk will never be the same again. And after living here, cheese will certainly never be the same, or as inexpensive, ever again. I've asked Charlotte if she would teach me how to make cheese, as that is what she did her studies in. The only issue back in the States will be getting hold of fresh, non-pasteurized milk!
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