Monday, 30 November 2009

Snowy morning

There was heaps of snow falling when I dragged myself out of bed at 7am today. Just the thing to brighten a dreary Monday morning. Of course, its stopped now and will melt soon but I took some nice photos from the balcony anyway. I've been waiting for my first snowy morning in this apartment and it didn't disappoint!

The castle

Looking down the canal

Looking towards the lake

And yesterday...our last full english brekkie for a while (eating the last of the sausages David brought back from Brighton)

Saturday, 28 November 2009

A Christmas tradition

After watching the light show at the Mairie last night, we wandered home through the beautifully lit streets of the Old Town, to admire the fairy lights we've put on our balcony for the Christmas season (of which I forget to take a photo!)

The Carillon at the Mairie


Polar bears

Lights in rue Filaterie

The lights from our bedroom window (thankfully, we have shutters)

Saturday, 14 November 2009

La fête du Caïon

We had easy access to the pig festival this year as its in an adjoining street. I probably don't need to say again how much I love living in this area of town! We got downstairs early before the crowds were too bad - saw the pigs (including the enormous boar who is the subject of a weight-guessing competition), watched the apple pressing and bought some fresh juice, listened to a very cool band and had some vin chaud. Not a bad start to the weekend...

A birdseye view of the blood sausage makers from our bedroom window

Apple pressing

The big fella!



Fondue!

I cant believe its taken me almost 2 1/2 years to cook my first fondue. Quite disgraceful considering we live in the land of cheese. Anyway, after enjoying a very good fondue chez Stéphanie recently, I decided to try my own. Really not very difficult considering all I had to do was go to our normal cheese seller at the markets and tell him how many of us there were. He then gave me the correct amounts of the three cheeses (comté, beaufort and gruyère suisse) and the rest was easy. We even pulled out a family heirloom - the Giorgi family fondue set, complete with bright orange flowery pattern - and we were away! All up, a very yummy easy meal....