Around Town, Volume IV. Is it really October already?! How did it happen? Since I can’t slow down time, let’s take a look back at a handful of pics from the past while, as we soaked up the last days of summer, and welcomed the transition to fall around town.
Camouflage Rhino art installation in the Prairies des Rois, for the Beaux Lieux exhibition, which ends next week. We will miss seeing these cool pieces on our walks.
Métallules (libellules en métal) installation.
Danica’s favourite spot to sit and draw, windows and shutters thrown open, sun on her back, and the tip-tops of the château roof in the background.
A little excitement for Danica to lose a tooth in France, where La Petite Souris comes to collect teeth from under the children’s pillows.
We are slowly making our way through a taste-test of all the delicious treats at our favourite local Boulangerie. This chocolate concoction was a little too rich for Derek and I, but the kids devoured it in seconds.
One last visit to one of our favourite spots to have a treat (nutella crêpes for the kids, beer for Derek and I) before they close for the winter. We will miss the gorgeous view!
I love autumn, and I am enjoying the crisp chill in the air on these sunny fall days. Apples have arrived at the market, and they are delicious! The forests are overflowing with moss and mushrooms, and the leaves are starting to turn on the chestnut trees in the Jardins Publiques. Danica is collecting masses of chestnuts and conkers!
Love watching the market offerings slowly change over for fall. The round black bread is a Torteau Fromagé, a slightly sweet cheese cake/bread. The sugars cause the top to char and crisp, leaving a soft and fluffy interior of sweet light bread. Amazing.
There are several acres of manmade forests nearby. They were originally planted hundreds of years ago, and animals introduced for the kings to be able to hunt. Apparently it’s a great place to forage for mushrooms.
The forest floor was covered in leaves and teeming with life. Notably, we found large shiny beetles all over, and many huge reddish-brown slugs, quite different from the banana slugs we’re used to. The kids loved it.
Forest floor findings.
My forest explorers.
We can hardly believe we are approaching our three month anniversary in France. It is bittersweet! It’s going by so quickly, as we knew it would. However, there are still so many adventures to come. Next up is our first foray outside France, when we head to Belgium and the Netherlands, in less than two weeks! We are so looking forward to this trip (especially Derek, who is desperately excited to have a slightly longer break from work after an incredibly busy summer!)