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Little Visitor

A few days ago we were surprised and delighted to see a small bird land outside the cottage.  Poor thing appeared to be exhausted and certainly wasn’t shy of humans!  He/She even managed to peck some water droplets from Doug’s fingers.

We think it may have belong to the bullfinch family?  Can anyone help us identify the little fella.  Super colourful and was unfazed by all the attention.  It stayed for a couple of hours and then flew away.

Little bird
Visiting guest
Up close and personal

We would love to know a little bit about our unexpected visitor – can you help??????

Hello Spain

A family day out saw us driving through the Bielsa tunnel into Spain.   An easy drive with drop dead scenery.   First stopping for morning coffee in the town of Saint Lary which has great snowboarding parks and downhill ski slopes  (about 2 hours drive from Les Hauts Pâturages) bike park, panoramic  views and hot springs.  Onward through the tunnel and emerging into a different world on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees.  We had tapas on our mind for lunch and headed to a beautiful fortified village of Anisa.  Restaurants and history and oh the shopping – amazing leather shoes!

A great day out from Les Hauts Pâturages and we will be returning to explore the Spanish side of the Pyrenees!

Shady squares
One of the many shady squares to drink Sangria and relax
Wandering through the beautiful village of Anisa
Wandering through the beautiful village of Anisa
Watching the mountain bikers
Watching the mountain bikers arrive whilst enjoying Tapas for lunch
Restaurant in Ainsa
Louis outside a restaurant in Ainsa

Easter Delivery

Easter Sunday saw the arrival of Lisette our first lamb of 2017.

Lisette
Lisette born Easter Sunday
Mummy
Are you my mummy?

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little lost Lisette searched and searched for her mummy until eventually she was taken into the barn and will be bottle fed until she is old enough to feed herself.

Burns Night French style at Les Hauts Pâturages

Last night saw the Young family hold a ‘Burns Night Supper’ or La soirée set un rassemblement de gens pour célébrer la vie et d’oeuvre du plus poète écossais Robert Burns at Les Hauts Paturages.  With La Bigourdane set out for the occasion, 4 course meal and the important whiskey for toasting the Haggis we awaited our guests!

Youngs in kilts
Young Boys ready to party!

Would Haggis, Neaps and Tatties, not to mention Black Bun served with cheese be a step too far for our french neighbours and how do they feel about men in skirts dancing?  Answer – they loved it!

Toasting the Haggis
Toasting the Haggis

Some of our neighbours arrived dressed for the occasion. Everyone ate the traditional ‘Burns Supper’ and the Haggis was deemed as a success even after we carefully explained what it is made it!

Late in the evening we put away the tables and created a space to dance.  With Doug and myself giving a demonstration first everyone quickly joined in and there was much laughter and shouting as we all did the Gay Gordons and Strip the Willow (Jimmy – you would have been proud of us!)

The Gay Gordons
Dancing ‘The Gay Gordons’
Checking out Doug's sporran
Checking out Doug’s sporran

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing food, chatting and dancing until after midnight the evening was a great success and our neighbours said we are known as the kind English family and much loved by everyone.  All this and only a year in our new life in France.

 

 

 

Checking out the Snow!

We headed up to La Mongie to check out the snow and try out the new sledges.  Louis took along his snowboard and had the first ride on the season.  It was hard going uphill as the lifts were closed.  The resort opens officially next Saturday 3 December.  With cheap lift passes and flights why not try the Pyrénées this year!

Col dude
Cool dude
gabes fall
Even the big boys fall
Crashed and burned
Crashed and burned – 1st ride of the season
me-sledging
Me sledging at La Mongie can’t let the boys have all the fun!
Boys in snow
Louis looks on in horror as Gabes tries out his board!