Captions will follow someday, but now it's bedtime.
|Escargot. There were millions of the things all over. I don't know how they could stand the cold. Aurore said it was their breeding season, and forbidden to collect them right now.|
|Mirin and Rose on the top of La Dole mountain. It was cold.|
|Beautiful little fairy pool in the snow melt creek|
|Rose heading up to the top of La Dole. We were walking on the rocks beside the snow melt.|
|Clothilde and I finally caught up with the big kids.|
|Jean-Francois the snow man. There wasn't much snow, obviously, but my Florida kids were desperate.|
|Three local cheeses in Premanon|
|The beautiful milking cows in Premanon that make milk for Comte cheese.|
|Clothilde playing near my cousin's house in the Alps|
|Some lovely girls ruminating on the fragrant pasture. They all had bells and it sounded beautiful.|
|An interesting wildflower.|
The drive to Premanon was pretty normal at first, but after dark we started getting up into the alps and it was really white-knuckle driving. The GPS kept trying to send us the "short" way, over the mountains on cow paths. We finally got there and fell into bed, except there wasn't room for Marc and he had to follow Fred into Les Rousses to an apartment they had there. He could barely keep up with Fred's little sports car. It was a small miracle that he was able to find his way back to the house the next morning.
I almost forgot, but Tuesday evening with Aurore we went on a walk through the forest around her house and picked nettles and wild spinach for soup. We played a game where the kids pair up and one of them close their eyes. The other leads them to a tree and with their eyes still closed they have to feel around the tree and it's immediate surroundings. Then they are led back to where they started and can open their eyes. They then have to find the tree that they were led to. On the way back there was a old man scything some grass for his rabbits. Aurore said he was a little crazy and always thought that the neighbors were trying to poison his rabbits and chickens. The first picture is his pile of grass and wooden wheelbarrow.