With the expat experience and our like-aged children, Aidan and I have a lot in common. After Blogapalooza we got our families together over morning tea at my house; and this time Aidan and her mari kindly invited us for lunch.
Now, I love to eat. If you know Aidan's blog, you'll know she likes to cook. Very scrummy looking food too. We were obviously meant to be friends.
Saturday, we loaded the family into the car and headed off to Montpellier, to Aidan's house.
I looooove Aidan's house. It's comfortable and classy and so French. It also came with some awesome chandeliers.
Plus Aidan's lovely things.
And check out this wallpaper in the loo. Yes, I took photos of her bathroom, I am shameless. I also think I may have disturbed her eldest (Mommy, why is that lady taking photos of our house?)
Forgetting my traumatising of Aidan's children for a moment, let me just say that France put on her finest weather for us that day. It was beautifully warm and the sun reminded us all of how fantastic spring and summer in southern France really is (you kind of forget after 5 months of cold weather.)
We sat on the sun-bathed terrace overlooking terracotta roof tops and evergreens, sipping beer and rosé.
And lunch, well Aidan didn't let us down (or the mari with his BBQ skills). It was a Cuban affair, with marinated BBQ pork, rice, beans and guacamole and salsa made from scratch. Heaven.
After scarfing down seconds I really regretted not wearing my maternity jeans. I could've just expanded gracefully without anyone knowing instead of having to undo my buttons.
To try and encourage digestion (had to make room for dessert) I took a trip around the garden, which was also loving the spring weather.
Aidan's youngest was my little garden guide.
Aidan and her mari entertaining the mister while I skulked around the garden.
The kids had a ball together, we barely saw them the whole day.
Please note this pitchfork had nothing to do with that.
Aidan and family, thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality (and my very own can of chipotle peppers). We will have to do it again soon!