In between Keith working to get our renovations done, traveling to the UK for Grandpa Bill's funeral, and me trying to find and decide on furniture, bedding, and the details once it is finished...Keith has also done a few baking lessons!
We were happy to welcome my friend Kristin (a fellow CCM alumni) and her husband Jake for a few nights at the end of June. We had hoped to be finished so they could try one of our rooms, but it was good that they didn't mind sleeping in our spare room instead! They did an amazing trek through the Alps, then visited Bordeaux and decided to stop and see us before heading to Paris. They took the train, and we picked them up in Ruffec, which is only a 15 minute drive from our house. Jake is a chef and was interested in making bread with Keith, so they both joined in and learned how to make a proper baguette.
Kristin and I are friends because she and my sister are very close from our CCM days. She ended up winning a position in the Spokane Symphony and teaches at Eastern Washington University! (I was a Symphony Scholar and went to EWU for my undergraduate degree so we know quite a few of the same people.)
From my other posts you may have read about Andy and Sinead. I met Sinead at French class in January and we struck up a friendship. It turns out Andy was willing to help Keith with some of his renovation work because Keith needed help! Sinead has also watched Patrick a few times, she has worked with children since she was a teenager and Patrick really likes her.
Sinead had friends Laura and Zara visit her this week from Manchester, and they said they were interested in a morning baking lesson. I think they enjoyed themselves, and it was definitely fun to do it as a group activity. They went away with a lot of bread for their picnic and a recipe sheet of tips for a basic recipe.
Keith will offer baking lessons for our guests, but also for those in the area who may want to learn more about how to do it themselves. It's so easy to go to a boulangerie here and buy a very cheap baguette, but there is something much more satisfying about learning how to make it yourself! He will also offer courses on pastries and cakes. He can show you and give you helpful tips on how to become a better baker!
You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about baking lessons here with Keith in Southwest France.