Happy Easter to all our lovely friends and family from France. We have had an enjoyable break so far. Even though Good Friday is not a public
holiday in France the international school had a teacher only day which was great for us. James had to go into work but as he had been away with work for the last couple of weeks he just went in for half a day - yah. It was a beautiful day so James took jasper for a bike ride and then Hannah and I went for a walk. We then spent the evening at the Good Friday service. James went early as he was in the choir. He decided to bike and unfortnately as it had just started raining he fell off going round a roundabout. Luckily he wasn't badly hurt and praise God there were no cars near him at the time. The choir sang beautifully and it was a lovely service. The children went out to the children's programme and came back into church with these fantastic Easter gardens.
The French don't seem to do hot cross buns but luckily james went to the UK from Sunday till Tuesday and managed to pick me up some from Marks and Spencers. I repaid the favour by Penelope and I making sme gluten free ones on Wednesday afternoon.
Today we decided to head to the village of Castres and then to the Le sidobre valley to look at the amazing rock formations which have big boulders on top of little boulders. The weather wasn't great so we had a cruisy morning at home then headed off after lunch. Castres is a very pretty village with the houses built on the river. We had a wander through the square and over the bridges.
A village we would definitely like to come back to on a sunnier day.
James had managed to pick up some local maps at the tourist office so we headed off in the direction of the boulders. We took a wrong turn but a very helpful old man gave us directions in French not at all perturbed by the fact that we couldn't speak any French. We found the car park got out of the car then heard the most tremendous amount of thunder. Being forever optimistic we set off and managed to see a few boulders before the rain and hail came down!
We raced back to the car then headed for home via Lautrec - another gorgeous French village set on a hill, that we will have to come back to.
A great day spent exploring the Tarn Department and now we know what's there we will be going back!
Have a wonderful Easter everyone. Much love x
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