My first week of school went so much more fantastic than I ever could have imagined. I have met almost all of my teachers, and I introduced myself to more than half of my class. I think that it is safe to say that I deserve a long nap. I have been very tired this whole week at school, even though I get nine hours of sleep almost every night. That phase should pass after a couple of more weeks and more of a set routine.
The climb going up to the house is still unforgiving though, because I am still left breathless and sweating by the time I reach the front door. The moment I open the door I am greeted not by the wagging tail of Camille, but by the meowing of Minet. That sound is going to be very hard to get used to.
This weekend was fun though, we went up to Benoit's parents' house in the Juras to get it ready for the winter. It has a huge garden and so many berries and trees, it was hard to tell what was what. We went with Natacha and Mélanie, who is another friend of Adélie. Before we all left in the late morning for the Juras, Anne and I went to the market in the next town over, St. Pierre, to buy all of the goods for that day and for the rest of the week. We bought some beautiful green beans, local grapes and Reblochon (a specialty of Haute Savoie). We also bought some loafs of bread and cheese for the fondue that Anne and Benoit made for dinner last night. I have to say that the four of us girls had a fun time with the garden chores that we were given. We shook a cherry-plum tree annd picked them up and sorted them all, the good, the hard, and the not-so-pretty that would see a tart or pie in their near future. We also picked blackberries and got pricked by the pesty little leaves that were found everwhere in that garden; the pricks feel like a less intense bee sting and leave either one or many little red bumps on your skin that go away the next day. I think that if anyone else saw the four of us, they would think that we had chicken pox on our hands and arms! We cut off the fresh bloomed flowers because they would do no good if we left them to rot, and we made them into bouquets for the families of Natacha and Mélanie.
I have to say that the two coolest things that we did were climb (mostly) one of the mountains and see a cow farm. For the mountain, we litterally climbed it and followed a path almost to the top. By the time we got as far as we did, we all just wanted to rest and appreciate the view which was fantastic. Another reason why we really went no further than we did was because there were cows in our way! As soon as we got to a flat part in the mountain, we stopped and there were maybe 13 cows staring at us. To tell the truth, I did not want to go any further because I feared that they would stampede us, but of course they didn't.
Today I experienced my first French get together at a fellow orchestra family's house with the family of Mélanie. The meal lasted four hours and left me full enough to skip eating for the next week. There was so much food, I am not even kidding! Then, to add onto it, I am supposed to eat another dinner tonight! I will be surprised if I can even stand to look at the food.
Tomorrow I start week two, which will consist of many more firsts that you will only be in the know of if you tune in next week!