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Saturday morning was market day so we wandered off to the market which had a variety of produce and food but also quite a lot of household things. We bought some soaps and strawberries and olive tapenade and some roast pork slices because I got peckish. Yum! We wandered back and Richard cooked a lovely brunch which we all ate on the patio.

After lunch Russell and I wandered back to the village to explore. The guys had told us to look out for Wilco, the cutest truffle pig. If you call his name he comes running and wags his tail just like a dog.

We checked out the shops but also found the clock tower and a 16th c Madonna raised in honour of some massacred Huguenots. I do wish I knew where my Huguenot ancestor, Henri Cabanis, came from in France. We know he fled to Switzerland with his wife and child, then left from Gravesend on to Virginia on the ship "Mary and Ann" in 1700. That is my only French line on my father's side. My mother's surname ancestors were from Alsace but I consider them Alsatian or German despite the area currently being in France (it was part of Germany when they left). I know my cousins have always considered themselves of French descent though.

Anyway, back to the present. We had a lovely dinner of salmon roll and asparagus then sat around a Beltaine bonfire until after midnight chatting and singing and enjoying the holiday.

Date: 2011-05-03 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] malterre.livejournal.com
Hey, just wanted to let you know I'm really enjoying these posts and particularly love this wisteria pic.

Date: 2011-05-03 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosz-wow.livejournal.com
Thanks! The guys' farmhouse is soooo classic! We just loved this doorway. It was nice to rusticate for a few days but no internet was HARD! (For some reason Firefox can't see Lj today and I'm too lazy to switch accounts since I keep rosz_wow signed in on Safari)

Date: 2011-07-02 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saffronrose.livejournal.com
Would love to meet that pig some day! How sweet!

Date: 2011-07-03 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rowanf.livejournal.com
Russell just put up some snaps of the trip on Flickr - ze pig:

Image (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21504470@N05/5894501930/)

Date: 2011-07-04 07:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saffronrose.livejournal.com
I know people snuggle up to pigs, but the bristly bit keeps me from doing that, even for such a sweet pig as this.

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