Monday, 29 September 2008

Should have done that a year ago...

I finally got a plaque engraved so that we have our name on the front door to our apartment. For the last year, I've been looking at the name of the original owner who, no doubt, died years ago. It always annoyed me but I never got round to ordering our own. I'm sure that must have been bad feng shui for all that time having that negativity at the entrance to our home. Now, if only there was another place for the kitty litter tray than tucked behind where the front door swings. Ah, the joys of living in 80 square metres with a cat that makes me sneeze....

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Autumn is here... time to think about winter!

It has been a chilly start to autumn here in Annecy but today is just gorgeous. Later in the week its going to be cold and rainy, just in time for my parents to arrive! With all this cooler weather, thoughts turn to skiing, of course. And although the snow is long away yet, we've just booked our winter holidays.

Being creatures of habit, we are going back to La Clusaz. It may seem crazy when we have all the ski fields of Europe relatively close-by but we really enjoyed our luxurious week there last year. So we have decided to go back again for two weeks this time. To conserve funds, we'll be giving up the indulgent demi-pension we had last year and taking a little self-catered studio. I really don't mind. We will save heaps of money this way, and even though I'll have to cook most nights, it will be nice not to have to face dinner in the restaurant EVERY night with the kids. I will miss those three course meals though...but it will made up for by being able to have two full weeks in the snow (please let there be lots of snow!)

Saturday, 20 September 2008

What a silly question!

Someone, who shall remain nameless, asked me yesterday just how much lingerie I need when the world is on the verge of an economic downturn? Well, after 6 years of pregnancy and breastfeeding, as much as I damn well want, was my reply as I skipped off to another of Stéphanie's soirée lingerie!

Truth be told, I kept myself in check last night as I will be hosting my own soirée soon. But I did get a nice fonctionnel black bra (albeit with plenty of mousse to help put back what the years have taken out!). And in keeping with the autumn theme of the current catalogue, we had cake tartiflette and cake reblochon, washed down with a rather nice Vin de Savoie. Merci Stéphanie!

Friday, 19 September 2008

How cool is this?

Something very interesting has happened here over the last few days. I've realized that I have started thinking in french! I'm rather surprised to say the least. It tends to happen more if I've been out chatting to someone in french then my brain seems to continue on when I'm alone. On the way home from school this morning, I noticed lots of trucks parked in my way and thought "il y a beaucoup de camions là-bas, je passe pas là." It must be noted, of course, that my subconscious mind does not use correct grammar or conjugation! But hey, its a start!

Thursday, 18 September 2008

How things change...

The other day, having dropped Lily off at her new music class, I thought I would treat Jasper and myself to a cooked breakfast. Of course, such a thing is a rarity here in France but there is a boulangerie in the vieille ville that we like to go to a lot, that does very good omelettes with ham and cheese. I've only had them a couple of times, and each time, I've remarked to David how large and filling they are.

This time, I was starving and eagerly awaited my omelette. But after about 4 mouthfuls, I realized I really cant eat this amount of food for breakfast anymore. In Australia, I would regularly have a huge cooked breakfast (probably once a week) of eggs, sausages, bacon, tomato, maybe hash-browns and toast. All washed down with copious amounts of tea without blinking an eye. Now, I think I've lost the taste for it and I'm content with my bowl of cereal followed by a coffee mid morning. And I'll rarely eat morning tea these days either.

When I thanked the lady at the boulangerie for the omelette, I explained it was a little much for me, and that despite having eaten a cooked breakfast often in Australia, I just couldn't do it anymore here. Ah, you're becoming french, she said! Well, maybe not quite, but the healthier eating habits here really have rubbed off on me.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Tarte aux figues


Yesterday I tried my hand at my first tarte. And it turned out pretty tasty. But next time I must remember to peel the figs first!

Monday, 8 September 2008

Le footing!

I read a sign at school last week that they were taking the kids out to do le footing. Great, I thought, Lily loves kicking balls around so a bit of soccer is a fab idea. Strangely though, every time the topic came up with another parent, they said the kids were going to do le jogging. How weird, I thought? I'm sure it said le footing. Oh well, they must have just read the sign wrong. But no, yet again, my french let me down! Le footing *is* le jogging and it should never be confused with le football or le foot which is football or what we aussies would call soccer.

Ah, bloody confusing language! I wonder what people thought when I corrected them and said no they're doing le footing not le jogging. Um, yeah whatever you reckon, its the same thing, you weirdo! Anyway, Lily had a great time going for a run with her class.

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Fifteen years!

Fifteen years ago today David and I met at an art opening at a tiny art gallery in Red Hill Brisbane (which last time I looked is now a hairdresser). He lived just around the corner and had wandered down with his neighbour Josephine (who wore bright bright blue eye shadow and incidentally used to own an apartment in Paris which is now worth a squillion euros). I went with my mate Lisa. Lisa and I, being the resourceful 20-somethings that we were, took our own bottle of champagne, just in case, heaven forbid the free alcohol ran out. It did and David and Josephine started to help themselves to our bottle. I went over to stake our claim, fell under the spell of lovely brown eyes and that funny french accent that used to emerge when he spoke english while he was a bit tipsy and the rest as they say was history. Who would have thought that 15 years later, having been through good times and horrendous ones, we would be living in France with two amazing kids. Bon anniversaire mon cœur!

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Look-alike Meter

What a cool gimmick! Its the eternal question - who do your kids resemble more? Although I was hoping for a more definitive answer...

MyHeritage: Look-alike Meter - Family tree researcher - Roots

MyHeritage: Look-alike Meter - Family tree template - Roots

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

First day back!


She was so excited to be going back to school, she wouldn't stop running to let me take a photo.

Monday, 1 September 2008

Bonne rentrée à tous!


I love this time of year. There is something invigorating about starting a new school year in September and knowing that autumn and then Christmas are just around the corner. We're all ready here. Lily will start back tomorrow chez les grandes. Very exciting!

Et à notre deux copines françaises qui commencent l'école pour la première fois cette semaine, bon courage les filles (et les mamans!)