A couple of days after we arrived it happened to be Victor’s shearing day. Each llama has a turn on alternative years. Diny was the llama ‘hairdresser’ of the family so set about giving him his haircut with Louis nervously looking on… and thinking he was next. And yes, when llamas are scared, they do spit as Louis demonstrated. Heather was the bagger of the wool which would be handed on to a spinner…
We collected our friend Sharon from Agen a couple of days later after her hideous, almost non-stop trip from Australia to Paris, then train to Agen (via Bordeaux). Her head was spinning by the time she arrived.
A couple of nights later, Diny and Ben were hosting an Indonesian Dinner Night. They have a badminton court (which doubles as a petanque area) and the badminton club who play here were having one of their dinners. One member, another of their Dutch friends, is married to an Indonesian lady and they had brilliantly offered to cater for the banquet. (There seemed to be a lot of Dutch living in the Lot region). Another brilliant idea was to invite us! Mind you, it was a paying affair for dinner and wine but of course we didn’t mind one bit. It was a wonderful feast and we met some wonderful people and had a great evening. Unfortunately we were too busy enjoying ourselves and there are no photos. There were about 22 of us, sitting under a marquis with trestle tables stretched out. The food was superb and the weather was beautiful.
Our gite, a 2 bedroom cottage, was converted from an old barn with a beautiful swimming pool just nearby which we had to ourselves pretty much most of the time – especially as the weather warmed up severely for a stretch while we were there. So we would explore the countryside, go to markets and generally wear ourselves out and then come home and have lovely meals with all the fresh produce and enjoy every mouthful.
Tina and Heather