The nights are warmer now so we’re not depleting our supply of firewood as quickly…..we just might make it through the winter with the wood we have left…..but if we do run out, we’re no longer concerned about turning on the heaters. We’d heard that the cost of electricity is exorbitant in France so we’ve been very judicious in our usage but, after receiving the latest bill from EDF (Électricité de France) and averaging the price per month (not as easy as it sounds since the bill is part future, part arrears), the average monthly bill has been 30 euros (about $40)….time to take off the sweaters and turn on the lights!
On Tuesday, we went to Ginestas to pay the EDF bill. We intentionally arrived at lunchtime so we could try the “Café des Sports.” Ginestas is ringed by a road that circles the inner town. We drove around this road twice without seeing the café so we parked the car and walked into town on streets seemingly too narrow for anything but pedestrians and bicycles….but these were the city streets and cars cruised through town at speeds that made us jump. Fortunately, we soon found our destination….a small but lively bar/restaurant in the middle of town.
We sat at a table for two and perused the chalkboard menu….12.50 euros for three courses. We couldn’t decipher all of the words but we went ahead and ordered. For our first course, Craig had a salad with blah-blah-blah and I had an avocado with tuna and more blah-blah-blah. For our main course, Craig had what we thought might be calamari and I had what we assumed was fowl of some sort. We guessed correctly. Craig’s plate of fried calamars and rice wasn’t that much to look at but the large, golden rings were absolutely delicious. My leg of hen, served with a baked potato and grilled asparagus, was wonderful. I’m not sure what the chef did to coax the flavors out of these mainly mild foods but he did it well. The chicken was fork-tender, the potatoes so creamy, and the asparagus added a nice counterpoint. Dessert was house-made and fabulous…..a vanilla butter cake with custard filling for Craig and a pear poached in cassis for me. Yummers….we’ll return here!
Our mission in Ginestas (to pay the EDF bill) was not to be…..the Tresor (treasury) is only open from 9-12. What to do? Hmmm……we decided to go to Coursan to get more information about the car leases available through the Super U….a national grocery chain.
We struck out in Coursan…..no leased cars available there but they did tell us which locations have cars available for lease. We’ll need to check into these later.
The sun was out and the day was warm…..70 degrees…..so we went home and worked on the yards. It felt good…..to be outside, to be busy, to accomplish something.
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
And I say it’s all right