So many of you have sent e-mails and Facebook comments after last Fridays events…merci. La France est résistante !…like so many other people and places in the world that have been targeted over the past years by the usurpers of the world’s religions….New York, Bayreuth, Bamako… all of Syria and more.
For me the best way to react is to share our love and share our lives and homes with others…to share the joy and the beauty that surrounds us and that is expressed in all Human Kind.
I’d like to share the very moving letter of Antoine Leiris:
As grandparents we’re well equiped for babys and little ones. Since the wonderful English guide Sawdays picked up on the fact that families are welcome at La Forge we suddenly have, not only our children and grandchildren on visit, but our guest’s as well. The self catering cottage is perfect for a small family and the house often rented for inter-generational vacations with grandparents, children, teens and babies. Spread the word. As the garden and fields are fenced in everyone had space for the little ones to run around and other to just relax.
Of course all ages love to visit our chickens and try to find the rabbit that hides in the garden.
The “moule frites” and music weren’t a 4th of july. special. but it sounded like it with a French group that played US 70’s music to the delight of all the French…who, for the most part didn’t even realize it was the 4th of July. The near by village of Sadirac inaugurated a “Piste Gourmande” with food stands and music along the bike path…next month it will be Creon’s turn with local musicians and yummy food trucks and tents….and the villages put up picnic tables for all.
Bruno and I spent a delightful morning with Bordeaux’s best Boulanger, Jan Demaitre and his wife Niki Vermassen.
After seeing a little note in Helen Wood’s blog http://notjustfortheholidays.blogspot.fr I called the listed number and was ever so surprised to find that I was talking to Jan, Bordeaux first and best organic bread baker. When ever I went into the city I’d stop by his wonderful boulangerie but I’d never met him.
We spent the morning talking about bread: flour, salt, water and a bit of Jan’s 35 year old starter, levain, sometimes called “wild yeast”. After making and kneading our own bread we left with Jans early morning bread hot from the oven and a jar of “levain” that we’re going to continue to look after and feed (it’s sort of like taking home a baby kitten). I’m already looking forward to making english crumpets with the levain as well…that sounds like a good “entente cordial”.
I’m looking forward to add their association, La Femme du Boulanger, to the propositions for my guests. Their idea of sharing a bit of their professional “savoir faire” in the intimacy of their home is exactly what I try to find for you when you visit us in France. Let me know if you would like to sign up. By the way, Jan and Niki both speak very good english.
Look up “La Femme du Boulanger Asso 1901” on Facebook !!