Thursday, April 27, 2017

Little visitor

This little "mésange charbonnière" (or much less eloquent "grand tit" in English) got stuck inside the patio.

I opened the doors wide, and it managed to escape.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

So much (too much) school vacation

So I had to throw them outside.

Noah also liberated his inner artist.

But mainly there was a lot of this during vacation.

And another find in the garden... didn't even know we were missing a car key. Oops!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Dyeing Easter Eggs

Our friends finally bought a house out near us, so we went to see them and dye Easter eggs yesterday.

I don't remember if this was a troll, or a gnome...

This one cracked, but we think it looks pretty cool that way.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sculptor extraordinaire

Benjamin was inspired and impressed when Peggy, our hairdresser, showed us her metal sculptures a couple of years ago in the U.S. She kindly let the boys pick out some pieces from her stash so they could make their own sculptures.

It took us a while to get Benjamin's finished, because we didn't weld them like Peggy does, and finding just the right glue took some doing.

But it was worth the wait - look at this amazing desert island.

The proud artist.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Well, and Flea Markets

So we finally got a break from swim meets. While Frederic was at work, the boys and I went to a flea market in our neighboring town of Montgobert. They hold their flea market on the local castle grounds, so it's a very picturesque one.
Benjamin found "une affaire en or" (a real bargain!) with this brand-new, unopened Lego set. A rare find!

And Noah was equally excited about his free find - and quite proud of having "detected" it without a metal detector in the field where we had parked.

Then, the weather was so nice, we went out for a walk/ride through the fields. (Along the grenade path, if you've followed along.)

No grenades today (whew) but Noah found quite a few treasures, like this authentic... spoon.

He actually spent more time like this than on his bicycle. Digging for treasures.