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Our new life in 'Les Vosges'

What is it like living in Mont-les-Lamarche

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Some things don’t change and baking is still a weekly activity!

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yum yum!
We’re having a go at growing whatever we can. So at the moment, we’re trying some avocado plants.
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We’ve done the second stage of our ‘Ratafia’ which involved putting the sugar in and shaking it every day for a week.
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Matt shaking his stuff/booty.

Bottled and ready to be drunk in a couple of months. Upcycling some grenadine sirop bottles at the same time. Some people might argue that it’s recycling but I’d like to think that it ‘s definitely UPcycling! lol
By the way, if any of my awesomely talented designer friends want to be internationally recognised. Ratafia is spelt R A T A F I A. Cutter guide on request. 😉
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We picked our pears. They should be ripe in a few months.
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 Saf and I finally made our Pomme-Coing jam. She absolutely loves it. I’ll have to hide a couple of pots for next year before she eats it all!
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Agreed this is just REcycling. 😉 jam jars into jam jars!
The kids brought back dozens of walnuts every day on their walk back from the bus stop. We love them. We have a walnut tree but it’s pretty young and we’ll have to wait a good few years before we get this many.
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Walnut cracking casualty.
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We received some food gifts.
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Cuissot de chevreuil. (vegetarian friends please look away). We live in a hunting area.
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Huge but still delicious cauliflower. (vegetarian friends: enjoy)
This photo is dedicated to my lovely sister who absolutely hates cauliflower. I just couldn’t help thinking what could have been her reaction when she opened the door to be greeted with this! lol

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An average kid’s dinner. (vegetarian’s friends: look away again…apology but we are in France)
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They had snails. We had something else! They just love them…
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Every saturday we take Rhys to the county football’s tournament and actually enjoyed it! It starts again this saturday, however I am not sure if I am going to be as keen to go and stand in the rain… He, on the other hand, couldn’t care less about the weather and just loves football.

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Took the kids to an activity afternoon. They are free and organised by the county. The theme was Apples and we had to ….bake a cake for the ‘gouter’. lol
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I forgot to take a picture after taking it out of the oven…too eager to eat it. Anyhow it was lovely.

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 One of the activities was Baking. hahaha. It’s just part of being French I guess.

We went to encourage Saf as she ran her ‘cross’. The CM1 had to run 1400m. Pretty tough for some of them. Sport is very competitive here, which me and Matt really like as we both used to do competitive sports. I do think that it’s the beauty of sports to always try to better yourself.
She only went and WON her race! Overtook all the boys. lol. Proud parents.
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