In July we spent a week in our French friends' holiday cottage in rural France. It was heaven!
The cottage is an outbuilding of a mill at a small river, surrounded by forests and fields. There are no other houses.
Almost 2,000 years ago the Romans settled here and we drove across a nearby river, over the old Roman bridge that is 1,600 years old and still safe.
There are flowers and wildlife everywhere. Everybody seems to have time, but sadly, a lot of young people have moved to the bigger cities.
We picked our own berries, collected firewood for the evening, ate wild mushrooms from the forests and bought wonderful farm products from the small local markets.
Our friends' cottage is romantic and decorated with French antiques and fabrics.
At night we listened to the barn owls and woke up to wonderful birds' singing. It was a wonderful relaxing week and quite a contrast to flashy Paris!
With four lemon trees in our garden, we always have fresh lemons for our salad dressings. However, sometimes there are so many lemons that we have to use them in a different way. One year we tried to make lemon marmalade. That was good, but most members of the family did not like that bittersweet taste. Then Dieter, who is in charge of desserts, found a wonderful recipe in one of our cookery books.
The recipe was an instant hit. The dessert is so delicious and light that you can even eat it after a huge dinner. It has become our favourite family dessert. Susan has named it Dieter's Lemon Fluff and requests it at every visit.
Maria & Dieter
We are a German couple living near the romantic Rhine valley and the cities of Cologne and Bonn in Germany. Three years ago we met Susan through the internet and have become great friends. We have so much in common and share a passion for antiques, good food and traveling, that it is fun to meet and do things together. Over the last 3 years we have met Susan and her sister Eileen in Paris, Germany and the USA. We are already planning our next trips to Provence and Prague and Dieter and I feel honored to provide photos, comments, reports and recipes from Europe to Susan and Eileen's blog.