12th Mar 2017

A mixed weekend in the region weather-wise. Saturday was a shirt-sleeves day but Sunday was more drizzly and colder. We spent Saturday doing some essential administrative tasks to ensure the correct business functioning of the chambres d’hôte, and then relaxed a while in front of the television to watch England absolutely outclass Scotland in the 6 Nations.  To celebrate, Amanda knocked up a quick baked trout fillet in a cream and white wine sauce, accompanied by some chard and carrots from Quillan market. The trout must have been a large fish - but it cooked up superbly.

Sunday was a cleaning day in preparation for our first guests next weekend. L’Ancienne Cave is a quite significant property, surprisingly so for the street footprint, and to say we largely went through the building from top to bottom giving it a spring clean doesn’t do the effort justice. To keep our energy levels up, lunchtime break consisted of a pan of fresh prawns in garlic butter and some fresh baguette from the bakers in Couiza.  With a glass of local white, bien sûr!


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