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A Typical Day in Provence

When we were planning our year-long trip, one thing that I really wanted to do was rent a house or apartment in a small town somewhere in France or Spain. Maybe I enjoyed “Me Talk Pretty One Day” too much or maybe I just thought that if I couldn’t spend a season snowboarding from a cabin, at least I could integrate myself into some lazy culture of spending lots of time on eating, reading and relaxing and very little time doing anything else. I had never had this sort of time off before and the idea seemed great.

Well, with the Euro the way it is (expensive) and our time here not as long as we thought it might be, that plan didn’t work out. But maybe that is a good thing. As it turns out, we got to join a friend and come stay in Provence for two weeks in a town that you’ve not doubt already read, is very small.

Here is a typical day.

9:00 – Wake up and head upstairs  for breakfast.

9:00 – 10:00 : Enjoy American style coffee, baguette with fresh butter and homemade preserves and some goat yogurt (which, incidentally, is very good – will have to find back in the states. On an aside, the yogurt section at the local supermarket is THREE AISLES. This does not include cheese or other dairy. just yogurt. I love it).

10:00 – 10:30 : Chores. These include watering the garden which includes tomatoes, courgette (zucchini), chard, lettuce, etc. Pick any ripe vegetables. Feed the chickens the food scraps from the day before along with some grain. We get eggs from the three chickens, though we’re down to only one egg a day when we should have three. The running joke is that these chickens are French and everyone knows that the French take the month of August off.  Clearly, two chickens are on vacation.

10:30 – 11:30 – Rest. It is hot here – about 90 something and nobody has a/c. You don’t want to move too much.

11:30 – 12:30 – Prepare Lunch. We take turns doing this. With Kelly and I here, Nath and her mother are certainly eating more meat than usual but they seem to like it ok.

12:30 – 2:00 – Lunch. We’ve had roasted rabbit, Braised BBQ ribs, fried chicken, mac & cheese (even found cheddar at the supermarket), pork chops with fresh tomato salsa, quiche, fried fish tacos. Lunch is always four courses (salad + plat + cheese + dessert & espresso) and wine (or beer on taco day) is always served. Cotes du Provence is known for their roses and this being summer, we almost always have a rose.

2:00 – 6:00 – Various naps. Sometimes we drive into the nearby town for a little shopping. Maybe we head to the local lake to cool off. Listen to podcasts. Read books. It is basically quiet time. I mentioned it is hot, right?

6:00 – 7:00 : Head home, wash up. Start to prepare dinner.

8:00 – 9:30 : Dinner is usually a very simple meal. Lunch is the big meal and so dinner is light. We might have an apertif but we might not. We have tomatoes and cougette coming out of our ears so we eat a lot of tomato salads. Last night, Mama Jannin made a fresh courgette soup because it was a bit colder after the rain. Then always a cheese course followed be dessert. We have made some good desserts too including cheesecake (because philly cream cheese and sour cream are not available here, K used mascarpone and kiri), NYT Perfect Choco Chip Cookies, chocolate mousse, etc

9:30 – 11:30 : Most nights we play cards. We taught the girls Canasta and now I think Mama Jannin is addicted. The teams are Mama Jannin and me versus Kelly and Nathalie. The usual outcome is that Mama Jannin and me usually win and kelly gets angry and threatens to make me sleep on the couch. She’s really competitive, that one.

And the next day, we repeat.


3 Responses

  1. i miss this!

  2. just one of the reasons I love you Kelly!

  3. sounds simply divine!

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