Thursday, December 19, 2013

Celebrating

We never need much of an excuse in France to share a meal with friends. This lunch yesterday at Bob and Kathy's house in the tiny hamlet of Bennac celebrated the end of our French lessons until next year. That's our host, Bob, on the right with the dark hair; his wife, Kathy is the blond at the end of the table. Eleven of us enjoyed a yummy meal. After an apero of vin chaud (hot mulled wine) and nibbles, Kathy offered three different kinds of soup: French onion, tiny peas with bacon, and parsnips with carrots, all served with slices of baguette and Bob's homemade bread. That course was followed by a baked brie covered with slices of ham all wrapped in a pastry crust. A traditional English sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream or creme fraiche (or some of both in Eddy's case!) rounded out the meal. Oh yes...and lots of red wine. As our Brits would say...it was a jolly good time. After lunch we took a short walk to the edge of the causse and enjoyed a splendid view looking down on the tiny village of Cenevieres, its Chateau, and upriver a bit, the village of Calvignac I forgot my camera, but it's just as well...we were looking directly into the late afternoon sun, and it would have been almost impossible to get a good photo.
Bodil, Christiane and Eddy

Bob, Eddy and I are the French students. You can see Eddy above. Christiane is our professeur. No more homework 'til next year...yippee! Lunch at noon turned into a home-at-5-PM day. It takes time to enjoy good food and good friends.

Bob and Kathy run a chambre d'hotes (B&B) and also have a small gite (self-catering rental house). I've provided a link to their website: La Grange which has a slide show of the property. I love to look at what folks have done to restore and renovate old houses. This one is exceptionally pretty and very cozy. Take a look!

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