Thursday, 20 October 2011

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Le Creuset

Although I have stopped eating meat, I still cook it for the family and it has made meal preparation a little more of a challenge. I realized I needed a small frying pan in which to cook their meat so I could add it to whatever else I was making later. All this to justify why I *needed* a Le Creuset frying pan! Of course, a new one was a little out of my budget so I have been looking at ebay and le bon coin. What I would have loved is a marmitout - where you have a saucepan with a frying pan that doubles as a lid. But they are rather hard to come by second hand. So in my search for a small frying pan, I came across someone selling a mix of stuff for 20€. Here's what I got: an almost brand new dutch oven, a saucepan, a fabulous old gratin dish (perfect for tartiflette) and the exact style of little frying pan that I was after. Bargain!

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Mummy's annual weekend off

Yes, its been a while hasn't it? No apologies...blame Facebook, life, laziness or whatever takes your fancy.

I could spend this post filling you in on our exciting summer, full of visits from family and friends and trips to the english countryside and the italian lakes (well, one of them). I could even talk about what a great rentrée my kids had this week, what fun and exciting new activities they are taking up this year, my return to french classes and running and my recent conversion to vegetarianism. But no, I think you'd much rather hear where I am having my weekend off this year, wouldn't you?

This fabulous tradition has taken place every year now since 2008 when I went to Marseille . That was my first trip away and it was only for a day. Since then, I've had a trip to Milan in 2009, and trips to Chicago and Barcelona in 2010. Hmmm, 2010 was a rather special year as I escaped twice!

But that all seems like years ago and it is high time for another escapade. And what could be better than a little trip to Belgium. Yes, despite the fact that they sold out in 17 minutes, I managed to get my hands on some tickets for New Order's reunion show. So in a little more than a month I will be hotfooting it to Brussels to wave my lighter in the air (or it is an iPhone these days) and sing "oh you've got green eyes, oh you've got blue eyes, oh you've got grey eyes..."

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Thursday, 28 April 2011


We took a quick trip to Lausanne this week to meet up with David's best friend from primary school again, before his return to the US. It also happened to be my birthday. We packed light and took a train to Evian-les-Bains so we could catch the ferry over to Lausanne for the night.

Arriving in the lovely train station at Evian

You get to walk across the tracks in front of the trains - a bit of a treat!

Two children going wild in the Palais Lumière Evian (surely not mine!)

Gorgeous windows in the Palais Lumière - we also filled our water bottle from one of the four sources of water in the entry (not sure if this is the done thing but we did it!)

The boat to Switzerland

Goodbye Evian

Hello Lutry

Nesting swan

In Dav's old school playground

The two troublemakers - slightly older and wiser!

On our way up the the Old Town (Despite my skilfully light packing this time, we acquired a vintage skateboard which I then had to carry for 2 days)

The Cathedral


Wandering through town (still carrying that damn skateboard)

On the metro

Skateboarding lessons

A quick dip in the fountain (how un-Swiss!)

At the Olympic Museum (we met some skateboarders who said the skateboard would fetch US$300 on Ebay...hmmmm...)

Lunch on the terrace

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Megève 2011

Our ski holiday this year was two weeks of firsts: Jasper's first piste rouge and the first time he mastered the tire-fesses, Lily's first trip to hospital in an ambulance, David's first meet-up with his best friend from childhood in about 25 years, David's and my first try at snowboarding, our first time using Megève's wonderful Magnestick system of kids' safety vests for the chairlifts. Dramas aside (and it didn't turn out to be *that* serious) it was a great two weeks.


Family photo (look closely for a shy 4 year old)

Take-off looks so easy but its not...

At least we looked good (or thought we did!)

David and his buddy

Lovely thick snow in our garden...shame it all melted!

My girl

Jasper taking the tire-fesses

Bored kids waiting for Mum and Dad to sort out their snowboards at the ski-hire shop!

Proud as punch on his first red piste

Lily and I off to Sallanches in an ambulance to rule out meningitis...only a father could have taken this photo!

Monday, 24 January 2011


Here's a link to a great site called Polar FLE, which one of my french teachers gave me. If you like mysteries, you can practice your french at one of four different levels (débutant, élémentaire, intermédiaire ou avancé) and solve the crime. Each level has a different text to read and exercises to do to help solve the mystery. I've only just started some of the grammar exercises at the intermediate levels but it looks quite well thought out.