Thursday, 16 February 2017

What’s in a Name?

Children ArtWell quite a lot according to the students at the primary school in Pouffonds, who have asked all the households in the commune to choose a name for their school. The four suggested names have been chosen by them and have links with the history and landscape of the area.

Our choices are -

1) École de la Fontaine – In Latin Pouffonds can mean a fountain well, with river sources from the Marcillé and Champbertier.

2) École des Trois Vallées – Named after the 3 valleys in the area, Coudrieres, Marcillé and Salles.

3)  École Puy Fontaine – The name Puy Fontaine was found while researching the history of Pouffonds. Pou came from the word Puy which means a place high on a hill.

4) École Camille Lemberton – A member of the resistance during WW”"2 and the builder of the school.

Our choice is No 3 but which one would you choose? I will let you know the outcome after the students have counted the votes on Friday 17th.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Just Typical!

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The night before, you plan everything that needs to be done on Monday morning - the electric bill that needs to be paid which arrived when you were on holiday and the due date is the day you arrived back, photos needed to be taken for our health cards and only a photo booth will do plus we needed stamps so we can post them back, the fridge is a bit bare, it’s piddling with rain and the car won’t flippin start!! It managed to be outside in -16 in the Alps and started everyday without a problem, so why when we needed to be somewhere and its +11 the battery decided not to start!! After a couple of hours of trying to charge the battery to no avail (but in that time I managed to get the ironing done), Roger took himself off on his moto to SuperU to buy a new one paying the late bill on the way. Thank goodness for backup transport.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Morillon - Grand Massif

The snow seems to be arriving later and later in the Alps and Pyrenees, so much so that our holiday is getting later each year too, but with a big dump over the weekend of the 15th Jan, we grabbed a late booking, a lovely apartment just a few hundred meters from the ski lift. We loved that the sun shone everyday, but this takes a toll on the pistes and even with all the snow they’d had over that weekend more is needed, especially with the French half term weeks looming. Stones and grass were starting to come through in places which isn’t good for the bottom of your skis, but you just need to keep your wits about you and steer round the obstacles. We are always amazed by the stunning scenery so here’s a few more pics of the beautiful mountains and some of us.

Morillon 1
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Morillon 3
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