23/07/2008

La Fete

I can't believe we've been here for ten days now.

We spent the first six days preparing for the neighborhood Quatorze Juillet celebration held this year at our house last Saturday. And the next four days recovering from it! It's an all day event involving two lots of barbecuing, boule tournaments and plenty of French wine consuming!

The host has the responsibility for the main course, with everyone else bringing a plate of something. The usual main course is sausage and of course we had plenty of those but to add a slight variation from tradition and to add our own touch we'd brought some haggis with us. I served this not in the traditional Scottish way because it was far too hot but piled onto flat mushrooms, drizzled with olive oil and cooked in the oven for 20 mins or so until the mushrooms were done.

We hadn't been sure if we were trying to provide sun or rain protection so this was the start of our preparations
(Man's work) and

(Surely these instructions can't be right....)

Followed by the high light of the event for the children

The table tops, trestles and benches had to be collected from the different houses and the children really loved this part!

In progress




The weather couldn't have been better.


We've managed to get the French broadband up and running on our laptops making internet life so much easier. It's only a slow broadband because we're some distance from the exchange but what a difference from dial-up!!!

I've only managed to fit in a little bit of knitting - started socks, started a test knit for Laura more of this next time. I've finished the Marie Grace "Alpaca Baby Shawl" for my newest grandaughter.




I used Sublime DK Csshmere/merino/silk. 4mm needles. It's lovely and soft and I love the pattern - knitting round and round on circular needles to make a square shawl is very appealing.

6 comments:

Arianwen said...

Looks like a wonderful day. The shawl is lovely as with all your knitting. Congratulations on the new grandbaby.

donnac1968 said...

Looks like a grand day was had by all, the haggis sounds very interesting.

And a lovely shawl to boot!

belaybunny said...

looks like a great day out. congrats on your new grand-D. I love the shawl you have knit too.

Pixie said...

Beautiful shawls and congrats on your new baby granddaughter.
Your celebration day looked great fun, how did they like the haggis?

Well done on getting the internet sorted enjoy the rest of your time away :)

amanda said...

Marie Grace looks beautifully snuggly! I like the Sublime yarn even better than Debbie Bliss cashmerino.

clarabelle said...

Everything looks so wonderful in France! Will try to catch up soon...